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Computers & Education

December 2008 Volume 51, Number 4

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Number of articles: 30

  1. The role of experience and innovation characteristics in the adoption and continued use of e-learning websites

    Hsiu-Li Liao & Hsi-Peng Lu

    With the advent of e-learning technologies in the past decade, the accessibility of training, teaching, and learning has drastically increased. The challenge for the education enterprise now is how... More

    pp. 1405-1416

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  2. Too much computer and Internet use is bad for your grades, especially if you are young and poor: Results from the 2001 Brazilian SAEB

    Jacques Wainer, Tom Dwyer, Rodrigo Silveira Dutra, Andre Covic, Valdo B. Magalhães, Luiz Renato Ribeiro Ferreira, Valdiney Alves Pimenta & Kleucio Claudio

    This work presents the analysis of the 2001 Brazilian Basic Education Evaluation System (SAEB) achievement exam. The SAEB tested 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students, in mathematics and reading ... More

    pp. 1417-1429

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  3. Personalized multi-student improvement based on Bayesian cybernetics

    Vassilis G. Kaburlasos, Catherine C. Marinagi & Vassilis Th. Tsoukalas

    This work presents innovative cybernetics (feedback) techniques based on Bayesian statistics for drawing questions from an Item Bank towards personalized multi-student improvement. A novel software... More

    pp. 1430-1449

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  4. Assessing creative problem-solving with automated text grading

    Hao-Chuan Wang, Chun-Yen Chang & Tsai-Yen Li

    The work aims to improve the assessment of creative problem-solving in science education by employing language technologies and computational–statistical machine learning methods to grade students’... More

    pp. 1450-1466

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  5. Enabling teachers to explore grade patterns to identify individual needs and promote fairer student assessment

    Sorelle A. Friedler, Yee Lin Tan, Nir J. Peer & Ben Shneiderman

    Exploring student test, homework, and other assessment scores is a challenge for most teachers, especially when attempting to identify cross-assessment weaknesses and produce final course grades.... More

    pp. 1467-1485

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  6. Effects of learning support in simulation-based physics learning

    Kuo-En Chang, Yu-Lung Chen, He-Yan Lin & Yao-Ting Sung

    This paper describes the effects of learning support on simulation-based learning in three learning models: experiment prompting, a hypothesis menu, and step guidance. A simulation learning system ... More

    pp. 1486-1498

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  7. The impact of primary school teachers’ educational beliefs on the classroom use of computers

    R. Hermans, J. Tondeur, J. van Braak & M. Valcke

    For many years, researchers have searched for the factors affecting the use of computers in the classroom. In studying the antecedents of educational computer use, many studies adopt a rather... More

    pp. 1499-1509

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  8. Guidelines for the development of e-learning systems by means of proactive questions

    Javier Andrade, Juan Ares, Rafael García, Santiago Rodríguez, María Seoane & Sonia Suárez

    The current development approaches for e-learning systems fail to explain in a clear and consistent way the pedagogical principles that support them. Moreover, decisions with regard to the... More

    pp. 1510-1522

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  9. Identifying discriminating variables between teachers who fully integrate computers and teachers with limited integration

    Julie Mueller, Eileen Wood, Teena Willoughby, Craig Ross & Jacqueline Specht

    Given the prevalence of computers in education today, it is critical to understand teachers’ perspectives regarding computer integration in their classrooms. The current study surveyed a random... More

    pp. 1523-1537

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  10. A synchronous distance discussion procedure with reinforcement mechanism: Designed for elementary school students to achieve the attending and responding stages of the affective domain teaching goals within a class period

    Kuo-An Hwang & Chia-Hao Yang

    Distance education courses must cope with the difficulties imposed by delivering a class at a distance. As most courses only emphasize the cognitive aspects of the class and neglect the course’s... More

    pp. 1538-1552

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  11. Potential pedagogical benefits and drawbacks of multimedia use in the English language classroom equipped with interactive whiteboard technology

    Euline Cutrim Schmid

    This paper analyses the process of multimedia integration in English language classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboard (IWB) technology, and offers insights into the theoretical... More

    pp. 1553-1568

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  12. Fuzzy cognitive map modelling educational software adoption

    Sarmin Hossain & Laurence Brooks

    Educational software adoption across UK secondary schools is seen as unsatisfactory. Based on stakeholders’ perceptions, this paper uses fuzzy cognitive maps (FCMs) to model this adoption context. ... More

    pp. 1569-1588

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  13. The role of feedback and self-efficacy on web-based learning: The social cognitive perspective

    Shu-Ling Wang & Pei-Yi Wu

    The social cognitive perspective of self-regulated learning suggests that effective learning is determined by the interactions among personal, behavioral, and environmental influences; particularly... More

    pp. 1589-1598

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  14. Supporting learning using external representations

    Bernhard Ertl, Birgitta Kopp & Heinz Mandl

    External representations can be powerful for supporting learners in both individual and collaborative learning scenarios. They encourage learners to focus on important instructional elements. In... More

    pp. 1599-1608

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  15. A case study of computer gaming for math: Engaged learning from gameplay?

    Fengfeng Ke

    Employing mixed-method approach, this case study examined the in situ use of educational computer games in a summer math program to facilitate 4th and 5th graders’ cognitive math achievement,... More

    pp. 1609-1620

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  16. ICT & learning in Chilean schools: Lessons learned

    Jaime Sánchez & Alvaro Salinas

    By the early nineties a Chilean network on computers and education for public schools had emerged. There were both high expectancies that technology could revolutionize education as well as... More

    pp. 1621-1633

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  17. Creating the first SCORM object

    Victor Gonzalez-Barbone & Luis Anido-Rifon

    The creation of the first SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) object offers some challenges and difficulties which go beyond the facilities offered by content generation applications. ... More

    pp. 1634-1647

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  18. Examining the digital divide in K-12 public schools: Four-year trends for supporting ICT literacy in Florida

    Tina N. Hohlfeld, Albert D. Ritzhaupt, Ann E. Barron & Kate Kemker

    While there is evidence that access to computers in schools has increased, there remain questions about whether low socio-economic status (SES) schools provide students with equitable supports for ... More

    pp. 1648-1663

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  19. An empirical development of critical value factors (CVF) of online learning activities: An application of activity theory and cognitive value theory

    Yair Levy

    According to activity theory, activities are at the center of human behavior. Extensive attention has been given in literature to the success and effectiveness of online learning programs. Value... More

    pp. 1664-1675

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  20. Using asynchronous AV communication tools to increase academic self-efficacy

    Anthony J. Girasoli & Robert D. Hannafin

    Technology-enhanced learning environments (TELEs) deliver instructional content and provide an array of scaffolding features designed to support independent student learning. TELEs also support... More

    pp. 1676-1682

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