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ERIC Number: EJ814049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
An Operational Approach for Building Learning Environments Supporting Cognitive Flexibility
Chieu, Vu Minh
Educational Technology & Society, v10 n3 p32-46 2007
Constructivism is a learning theory that states that people learn by actively constructing their own knowledge, based on prior knowledge. A significant number of ICT-based constructivist learning systems have been proposed in recent years. According to our analysis, those systems exhibit only a few constructivist principles, and a critical problem related to the design and use of this kind of systems has been the lack of a practical means to facilitate the instructional design process. Our research aims to help designing truly constructivist learning environments. Our approach is based on a set of operational criteria for certain aspects of constructivism: We use these criteria as a useful pedagogical framework to provide easy-to-use tools and operational guidelines for teachers to build ICT-based constructivist learning environments. One facet often mentioned as being strongly relevant to constructivism is cognitive flexibility. This paper presents COFALE--a new, domain-independent, and open-source e-learning platform that could be used to devise learning conditions fostering cognitive flexibility--and an example of its use: the design of a course on recursion in computing science. (Contains 2 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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