Journal of research on computing in education
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AbstractA systematic introduction of informatics into comprehensive schools in Lithuania started in 1986. Informatics was included in secondary education as a separate school subject. For many years, the informatics curriculum has covered the main topics: information theory, logic, and algorithms. Since the 1999–2000 school year, the compulsory course of informatics has been taught in the final year of the basic school (Grades 9–10). At present, the informatics curriculum of the basic education ...
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AbstractThis study reports on the effects of computer software on mathematics achievement and attitudes toward mathematics of secondary school students. Members of an experimental group were involved in geometry instruction using a constructivist approach to computer-augmented activities, while members of a control group were involved in more traditional geometry instruction. Members of the experimental group demonstrated significantly better performance on a standardized test of geometry concep...
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#1Alfred P. Rovai (Regent University)H-Index: 32
#2Marcus Childress (ESU: Emporia State University)H-Index: 6
AbstractThis study investigated how resistance to the reduction of computer anxiety among teacher education students can be explained and reliably predicted. Instrumentation for the study consisted of six self-report questionnaires: (1) the Computer Anxiety Scale, (2) the Computer Attitude Scale, (3) the Computer Experience Scale, (4) the Computer Knowledge Scale, (5) Rotter’s Internal-External Control Scale, and (6) the trait form of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. A stepwise multiple regres...
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AbstractResults are reported on a preliminary use of the Educational Success Prediction Instrument (ESPRI), a measure designed to discriminate between successful and unsuccessful students in virtual high school (VHS) courses and provide a basis for counseling and support for future VHS students to make them more effective online learners. When used with 135 students in 13 virtual high schools, the instrument was found to discriminate with high accuracy and reliability between groups of successfu...
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#1Jorge Gaytan (University of West Georgia)H-Index: 8
#2John R. Slate (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation)H-Index: 1
AbstractSocietal institutions, including colleges of business, are being affected by technological change that, in turn, fosters change in institutional missions and structure. As a result of an exhaustive review of the literature, we make the case that a new technology-based learning environment is developing as a result of (a) the decrease in federal, state, and local funding; (b) the increase in educational costs, including space, staffing, and transport; (c) the increase in local and global ...
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#1Orit Hazzan (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)H-Index: 31
AbstractThis article presents the findings of a study on the attitudes of prospective high school mathematics teachers toward integrating computers into their future classroom teaching. Ninety-four prospective teachers in four classes that focused on didactic and cognitive aspects of learning mathematics with computers were asked to present pro and con arguments that would influence their use of computers in their future mathematics teaching. A two-dimensional framework is used to present an ana...
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#1Susan Pedersen (A&M: Texas A&M University)H-Index: 17
#2Min Liu (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 35
AbstractThis study examined students’ transfer of strategies modeled during a problem-based learning (PBL) unit to a novel problem situation. A hypermedia-based tool offered video segments of an expert as he engaged in the same tasks as students during PBL. Three conditions were compared. In the modeling condition, the expert “thought aloud” as he engaged in the same tasks as students. In the didactic condition, the expert gave tips and examples of how to work effectively. In the help condition,...
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AbstractThis study describes a professional development program designed to help K–12 teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. It also investigates the impact of this program on teacher learning, taking into consideration school contextual factors. The findings of the study indicate that the program was effective in helping teachers improve their technological skills and become aware of new pedagogical strategies made possible with the use of technology. As a direct resul...
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#1Michael P. Verdi (CSUSB: California State University, San Bernardino)H-Index: 9
AbstractTwo research studies were conducted to determine if the benefits of studying print geographic maps along with related factual information (i.e., map, order, and edge effects) also apply to studying digital geographic maps with factual information. Both experiments confirm that the learning benefits associated with print maps also apply to digital maps. In addition, the studies reveal that a medium attribute associated with digital maps (computer rollover effect) provides learning advanta...
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#1Susana Llorens (James I University)H-Index: 27
#2Marisa Salanova (James I University)H-Index: 63
Last. Rosa Grau (James I University)H-Index: 14
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AbstractThe main aim of this article is to introduce the role of the continuous, or professional development, training of the labour force in a computer-aided technology (CAT) context. Retraining is an important topic today because of the importance of optimising available human resources. In this line, we introduce a synthesis of the main competencies to guarantee the success of continuous training in terms of technological changes and obtaining expertise. Moreover, we consider some particular ...
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