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Computers & Education

April 2007 Volume 48, Number 3

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Number of articles: 11

  1. Gestures in conversation – the significance of gestures and utterances when children and preschool teachers create stories using the computer

    Anna Klerfelt

    Gestures are a significant part of communication and carry particular weight when using artefacts such as computers. This study investigates how gestures and utterances are used as resources in the... More

    pp. 335-361

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  2. Rethinking scaffolding in the information age

    Nicola Yelland & Jennifer Masters

    This paper addresses the use of scaffolding in learning contexts that incorporate technologically based novel problems. We suggest that in computer contexts extended conceptualisations of... More

    pp. 362-382

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  3. College students’ perceived threat and preference for seeking help in traditional, distributed, and distance learning environments

    Anastasia Kitsantas & Anthony Chow

    The purpose of the present study was to examine how college students’ help seeking behavior varied across different instructional learning environments. Four hundred and seventy four (N=472)... More

    pp. 383-395

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  4. Teaching Java backwards

    Philip Machanick

    Teaching programming concepts in a more object-oriented way is a growing trend in Computer Science education. This paper takes the idea of abstraction-first teaching a step further, by using Bloom’... More

    pp. 396-408

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  5. Scaffolded writing and rewriting in the discipline: A web-based reciprocal peer review system

    Kwangsu Cho & Christian D. Schunn

    This paper describes how SWoRD (scaffolded writing and rewriting in the discipline), a web-based reciprocal peer review system, supports writing practice, particularly for large content courses in ... More

    pp. 409-426

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  6. Scaffolding collaborative argumentation in asynchronous discussions with message constraints and message labels

    Allan Jeong & Sunyoung Joung

    This study examined the effects of message constraints and labels on collaborative argumentation in asynchronous online discussions. Thirty-eight undergraduate students in an introductory... More

    pp. 427-445

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  7. Development of a theory-based internet program promoting maintenance of diet and physical activity change to 8-year-old African American girls

    Debbe Thompson, Janice Baranowski, Karen Cullen & Tom Baranowski

    Obesity and chronic disease risk factors are rising among youth. The Internet offers promise as a channel for delivering behavior change programs in a manner that is both available and accessible. ... More

    pp. 446-459

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  8. Using online role play to teach internet safety awareness

    J.M. Wishart, C.E. Oades & M. Morris

    This paper reports on an evaluation of Net-Detectives, a creative online role play activity aimed at 9–12 year olds. Net-Detectives forms part of Kidsmart, an Internet awareness programme aimed at ... More

    pp. 460-473

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  9. microLESSONS in teacher education: Examining pre-service teachers’ pedagogical beliefs

    Cher Ping Lim & Bee Choo Chan

    It is a challenge for teacher educators to shift pre-service teachers away from traditional pedagogical beliefs towards constructivist ones. At the National Institute of Education in Singapore,... More

    pp. 474-494

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  10. Aptitude-treatment interactions in preservice teachers’ behavior change during computer-simulated teaching

    Yu-Chu Yeh

    Adapting training methods to specific teacher traits to best facilitate the training effects for preservice teachers is an important, yet neglected, topic in aptitude-treatment interaction research... More

    pp. 495-507

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  11. Suggestions for content selection and presentation in high school computer textbooks

    Janet Mei-Chuen Lin & Cheng-Chih Wu

    Based on the findings from reviewing 32 textbooks in the past four years for Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, we have identified common problems in the reviewed textbooks and analyzed their... More

    pp. 508-521

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