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Norton, Stephen J.; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Ginns, Ian S. – Research in Science Education, 2007
Little research has been conducted on how students work when they are required to plan, build and evaluate artefacts in technology rich learning environments such as those supported by tools including flow charts, "Labview" programming and Lego construction. In this study, activity theory was used as an analytic tool to examine the social…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Flow Charts, Problem Solving, Programming
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Russell, David W.; Lucas, Keith B.; McRobbie, Campbell J. – Research in Science Education, 2003
Investigates how microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) activities specifically designed to be consistent with a constructivist theory of learning support or constrain student construction of understanding. Analysis of students' discourse and actions reveal that students invented numerous techniques for manipulating data in the service of their…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Kinetics