ERIC Number: EJ816082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
An Examination of the Impact of Learning Objects in Secondary School
Kay, R. H.; Knaack, L.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v24 n6 p447-461 Dec 2008
Very few studies have systematically evaluated the effect of learning objects in secondary school classrooms. The vast majority of studies have focussed on higher education. The current study examined the impact of learning objects from the perspective of 850 students and 27 teachers (50 classrooms) of science, mathematics, or social science. The results suggest that teachers typically spend 1 to 2 h finding and preparing for learning object based lesson plans that focus on the review of previous concepts. Both teachers and students are positive about the learning benefits, quality, and engagement value of learning objects, although teachers are more positive than students. Student performance increased significantly--almost 30%--when learning objects were used in conjunction with a variety of teaching strategies. It is reasonable to conclude that learning objects are a viable teaching tool in a secondary school environment.
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Social Sciences, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Environment, Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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