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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Electronic community: The role of an electronic network in the development of a community of teachers engaged in curriculum development and implementation
(1997) pp. 1–165
The goal of this study was to describe the development of an electronic community of teachers who had the common experience of working on a Human Biology Curriculum Project through Stanford University. It was hypothesized that the interdisciplinary...
An exploratory study of computer assisted language learning (CALL) glosses and traditional glosses on incidental vocabulary learning and Spanish literature reading comprehension
(2008) pp. 1–84
The following is an exploratory study investigating the difference in the incidental vocabulary learning (or recall) of Spanish vocabulary while reading for comprehension. A secondary area of investigation is the influence of learner characteristics ...
An analysis of learning in an online biology course for teachers and teacher candidates: A mixed methods approach
An analysis of learning in an online biology course for teachers and teacher@candidates: A mixed methods approach (2003) pp. 1–181
Due to discipline specific shortages, web-based learning has been proposed as a convenient way to upgrade the content knowledge of instructors interested in learning to teach science. Despite quantitative evidence that web-based instruction is...
(1997) pp. 1–270
This qualitative case study investigates how three teachers in a rural school used an interactive multimedia professional development program called Understanding Teaching (UT) presented on a CD-ROM. This program was designed to help educators learn ...
A comparative study of the effects of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for fostering the aural recognition of musical concepts
A comparative study of the effects of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for fostering the aural recognition of musical@concepts (2001) pp. 1–240
The problem of this study was to compare the effectiveness of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for the aural recognition of selected musical concepts. The expository method was defined as an instructional sequence in...
The quest of Quest Atlantis: Developing a nuanced implementation of a technology-rich educational innovation
The quest of Quest@Atlantis: Developing a nuanced implementation of a technology@-rich educational innovation (2004) pp. 1–232
This study examined the tensions surrounding the implementation of a technology rich educational innovation called Quest Atlantis in a local public elementary school. Three qualitative case studies of three classrooms implementing the innovation and ...
(1997) pp. 1–298
Hands-on concordancing is often described as the future of computer assisted language learning, but first there are two problems. Its benefits have been hard to validate empirically, and it is conceived for advanced learners while the majority...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2006 (June 2006) pp. 2415–2422
The major challenge for eLearning courses on undergraduate mathematics is the broadness of the audience they target at and the varying demands brought up by distinct interest groups. Our proposal how to deal with these challenges is the deployment...
Wilhelmina Savenye; Christine Ziobrowski; James Middleton; Thomas Brush; Patricia Horn; Michael Blocher; John Chadwick; Oksuz Cumali
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (2002) pp. 2520–2522
As part of a PT3 grant to improve teacher preparation for technology integration, we are developing a rich database of "best practices" lessons delivered in a digital video database. Preservice teachers can view full lessons of exemplary teachers...
Educational Studies in Mathematics Vol. 22, No. 2 (1991) pp. 125–47
Presents computer approach formulated within a framework of versatile thinking designed to overcome obstacles to understanding algebra. Results from related studies comparing the computer and traditional approaches taught to 11, 12, and 13 year olds ...
Educational Technology Vol. 14, No. 7 (1974) pp. 28–30
Author asserts that curriculum specialists have generally neglected "school settings," or the psychological climate which fosters both intellectual and emotional growth. (HB)
The Role of the ACCUPLACER Mathematics Placement Test on a Student's First College Mathematics Course
Educational and Psychological Measurement Vol. 72, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 332–351
The first college mathematics course a student enrolls in is often affected by performance on a college mathematics placement test. Yet validity evidence of mathematics placement tests remains limited, even for nationally standardized placement...
Educational and Psychological Measurement Vol. 67, No. 2 (2007) pp. 219–238
This study conducted a meta-analysis of computer-based and paper-and-pencil administration mode effects on K-12 student mathematics tests. Both initial and final results based on fixed- and random-effects models are presented. The results based on...
Comparability of Computer-Based and Paper-and-Pencil Testing in K-12 Reading Assessments: A Meta-Analysis of Testing Mode Effects
Educational and Psychological Measurement Vol. 68, No. 1 (2008) pp. 5–24
In recent years, computer-based testing (CBT) has grown in popularity, is increasingly being implemented across the United States, and will likely become the primary mode for delivering tests in the future. Although CBT offers many advantages over...
Educational Technology Research Journals: "Journal of Educational Computing Research," 2003-2012
Educational Technology Vol. 55, No. 2 (2015) pp. 43–48
This article analyzes articles published in the "Journal of Educational Computing Research" ("JECR") from 2003 to 2012. The authors analyzed the articles looking for trends in article types and methodologies, the most common...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 36, No. 4 (2005) pp. 389–398
Theon's ladder is an ancient algorithm for calculating rational approximations for the square root of 2. It features two columns of integers (called a ladder), in which the ratio of the two numbers in each row is an approximation to the square root...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 38, No. 7 (October 2007) pp. 927–937
Students often find their first university linear algebra experience very challenging. While coping with procedural aspects of the subject, solving linear systems and manipulating matrices, they may struggle with crucial conceptual ideas...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 40, No. 7 (October 2009) pp. 951–961
Linear algebra is one of the unavoidable advanced courses that many mathematics students encounter at university level. The research reported here was part of the first author's recent PhD study, where she created and applied a theoretical framework ...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 42, No. 7 (2011) pp. 1011–1020
This article reports on some findings from the project "Analysing the Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Education in Mathematics". One of the key variables in the school to university transition is the teacher/lecturer, and here, we deal with...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 41, No. 2 (2010) pp. 173–188
One of the earlier, more challenging concepts in linear algebra at university is that of basis. Students are often taught procedurally how to find a basis for a subspace using matrix manipulation, but may struggle with understanding the construct of ...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 36, No. 7 (Oct 15, 2005) pp. 741–749
There are many perceived benefits of using technology, such as computer algebra systems, in undergraduate mathematics courses. However, attaining these benefits sometimes proves elusive. Some of the key variables are the teaching approach and the...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 42, No. 7 (2011) pp. 891–901
What role do gestures play in advanced mathematical thinking? We argue that the role of gestures goes beyond merely communicating thought and supporting understanding--in some cases, gestures can help generate new mathematical insights. Gestures...
A Comparison of Teacher and Lecturer Perspectives on the Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Mathematics Education
Ye Yoon Hong; Suzanne Kerr; Sergiy Klymchuk; Johanna McHardy; Priscilla Murphy; Sue Spencer; Michael O. J. Thomas; Peter Watson
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 40, No. 7 (October 2009) pp. 877–889
The transition from school to tertiary study of mathematics comes under increasing scrutiny in research. This article reports on some findings from a project analysing the transition from secondary to tertiary education in mathematics. One key...
Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 86, No. 9 (September 2009) pp. 1080–1081
Cyclic voltammetry is an important component of the undergraduate chemical curriculum. Unfortunately, undergraduate students rarely have the opportunity to conduct experiments in cyclic voltammetry owing to the high cost of potentiostats, which are...
Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 88, No. 11 (November 2011) pp. 1565–1568
Coulometric titrations involve the quantification of analyte by measurements of current and time. In most coulometric titrations, the anode and cathode are placed in isolated cells that are connected by a salt bridge. By contrast, the experiments...
Journal of Research and Development in Education Vol. 33, No. 4 (2000) pp. 223–31
Developed profiles of computer-using elementary and middle school mathematics teachers and had experts rank them as though the teachers were receiving a hypothetical award. Experts reported weights of the dimensions they used in making judgments....
Journal of Geography Vol. 98, No. 5 (1999) pp. 201–207
Describes the development of "The South Carolina Atlas of Environmental Risks and Hazards," a digital atlas that provides people with information on environmental hazards in South Carolina. Discusses the content and navigation of the atlas and...
Language and Speech Vol. 54, No. 4 (December 2011) pp. 487–497
Two experiments investigate the effectiveness of audiovisual (AV) speech cues (cues derived from both seeing and hearing a talker speak) in facilitating perceptual learning of spectrally distorted speech. Speech was distorted through an eight...
Library Trends Vol. 48, No. 2 (1999) pp. 455–74
Reports some of the progress made over the years toward exploring information beyond the text domain. Describes the Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval Systems (MARS), developed to increase access to non-textual information. Addresses the following...
Semi-Nonparametric Methods for Detecting Latent Non-Normality: A Fusion of Latent Trait and Ordered Latent Class Modeling
Multivariate Behavioral Research Vol. 41, No. 4 (2006) pp. 427–443
Ordered latent class analysis (OLCA) can be used to approximate unidimensional latent distributions. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the method of OLCA in detecting non-normality of an unobserved continuous variable (i.e., a common...
Psychological Review Vol. 119, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 321–344
The authors propose a general modeling framework called the general monotone model (GeMM), which allows one to model psychological phenomena that manifest as nonlinear relations in behavior data without the need for making (overly) precise...
Science Education Vol. 94, No. 6 (November 2010) pp. 1072–1091
Framed by sociocultural theory, the purpose of the study was to understand the cultural tools used by science teachers when leaning to mentor and how tool use may lead to the construction of new understandings about mentoring. The participants were...
The Internet and Information Literacy: Taking the First Step toward Technology Education in the Social Studies
Social Studies Vol. 91, No. 3 (2000) pp. 121–25
Describes an action research study designed to examine high school students' use of the Internet, their evaluation of it as a learning tool, and their personal satisfaction at using the Internet for educational research. Presents the findings in...
TEACHING Exceptional Children Vol. 42, No. 2 (2009) pp. 6–12
Students with disabilities and special needs have faced challenges in accessing educational content, and in taking traditional pen-and-paper tests. How might technology improve the process, while making statewide tests truly accessible to all...
Journal of Educational Technology Systems Vol. 38, No. 1 (2010) pp. 75–92
This article is on the strange confluence of culture, identity, learning, and systemic design. We argue that the work of instructional design is, essentially, work on culture and identity. A person's culture and identity fully and inextricably...
The Virtual Solar System Project: Developing Conceptual Understanding of Astronomical Concepts through Building Three-Dimensional Computational Models
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 11, No. 3 (2002) pp. 261–75
Describes the Virtual Solar System (VSS) course which is one of the first attempts to integrate three-dimensional (3-D) computer modeling as a central component of introductory undergraduate education. Assesses changes in student understanding of...
College Student Journal Vol. 43, No. 3 (September 2009) pp. 812–821
Information literacy is a concept that has evolved as a result of recent efforts to move technology-based instruction and research to a level above the long-held concepts previously associated with "computer literacy"; the focus of information...
Identifying Predictors of Achievement in the Newly Defined Information Literacy: A Neural Network Analysis
College Student Journal Vol. 43, No. 4 (December 2009) pp. 1084–1093
Information Literacy is a concept that evolved as a result of efforts to move technology-based instructional and research efforts beyond the concepts previously associated with "computer literacy." While computer literacy was largely a topic devoted ...
Investigating the Relationship between STEM Learning Principles and Student Achievement in Math and Science
American Journal of Education Vol. 120, No. 2 (February 2014) pp. 139–171
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advocates commonly emphasize an interdisciplinary, authentic, project-based, and technology-based approach to learning, though the strength of prior research varies. This study examines the...
Improving Preservice Teachers' Knowledge and Application of Functional Behavioral Assessments Using Multimedia
Behavioral Disorders Vol. 41, No. 1 (2015) pp. 38–50
Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is an empirically supported intervention associated with decreasing problem behavior and increasing appropriate behavior. To date, few studies have examined multimedia approaches to FBA training. This paper...
Michael Mandrusiak; M David Rudd; Thomas E. Joiner; Alan L. Berman; Kimberly A. Van Orden; Tracy Witte
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior Vol. 36, No. 3 (June 2006) pp. 263–271
The issue of suicide warning signs on the Internet is considered. In addition to reviewing some of the relevant conceptual issues about warning signs, a random sample of Internet sites was selected and reviewed. Warning signs were grouped and...
Student and High-School Characteristics Related to Completing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) Major in College
Research in Science & Technological Education Vol. 30, No. 1 (2012) pp. 17–28
Background: The importance of increasing the number of US college students completing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) has prompted calls for research to provide a better understanding of factors related to student...
The Use of the Internet in Geriatrics Education: Results of a National Survey of Medical Geriatrics Academic Programs
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Vol. 27, No. 4 (April 2007) pp. 85–95
In order to characterize use of the Internet in medical geriatrics education programs, 130 medical education programs in the U.S. that train medical students, interns, residents, fellows and practicing physicians were asked to complete a survey...
Jim Knight; Barbara A. Bradley; Michael Hock; Thomas M. Skrtic; David Knight; Irma Brasseur-Hock; Jean Clark; Marilyn Ruggles; Carol Hatton
Journal of Staff Development Vol. 33, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 18–23
New technologies can dramatically change the way people live and work. Jet engines transformed travel. Television revolutionized news and entertainment. Computers and the Internet have transformed just about everything else. And now small video...
Information Processing & Management Vol. 32, No. 2 (1996) pp. 247–54
Two logically related themes in management literature are the "productivity paradox" and "business process reengineering." Hypotheses concerning the stages through which information technology will pass lead to the same conclusions: the industry is...
A multilevel analysis of the effects of external rewards on elementary students' motivation, engagement and learning in an educational game
Computers & Education Vol. 75, No. 1 (June 2014) pp. 136–148
This study investigated the effects of external rewards on fifth graders' motivation, engagement and learning while playing an educational game. We were interested in exploring whether the feedback-rich environment of the game could mitigate the...
Computers & Education Vol. 52, No. 2 (February 2009) pp. 402–416
Virtual schooling was first employed in the mid-1990s and has become a common method of distance education used in K-12 jurisdictions. The most accepted definition of a virtual school is an entity approved by a state or governing body that offers...
Topics: Virtual Environments
Computers & Education Vol. 70, No. 1 (January 2014) pp. 116–127
There are many open questions with respect to theory and empirical support for methods used in college teaching, especially when technology is incorporated into instruction. In this article, we report the results of a study of a multimedia-based...
Journal of College Teaching & Learning Vol. 5, No. 10 (October 2008) pp. 29–50
This paper discusses the importance of student learning styles within a Distance Learning (DL) classroom. The study examines the learning style preferences of online business students as measured by the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and determines...
The Expression of Adult ADHD Symptoms in Daily Life: An Application of Experience Sampling Methodology
Laura E. Knouse; John T. Mitchell; Leslie H. Brown; Paul J. Silvia; Michael J. Kane; Inez Myin-Germeys; Thomas R. Kwapil
Journal of Attention Disorders Vol. 11, No. 6 (2008) pp. 652–663
Objective: To use experience sampling method (ESM) to examine the impact of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD symptoms on emotional well-being, activities and distress, cognitive impairment, and social functioning assessed in the daily...