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Learning Objects, Type II Applications, and Embedded Pedagogical Models


Computers in the Schools Volume 23, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0569


In this paper we consider the extent to which learning objects that focus on higher level thinking might be seen as Type II applications, as defined by Maddux, Johnson, and Willis (2001). We conclude that learning objects are at best hybrid applications, with some Type I and some Type II characteristics. We also consider whether the educational effect of a learning object is attributable to the technology or to the pedagogical model embedded in the learning object. We discuss this question in the context of a study of middle-school students' mathematical thinking while performing some investigation tasks using learning objects and some without. We suggest that a learning object may be seen as an instance of the pedagogical model embedded in its design, and that different instances, even ones where technology is not used, are educationally equivalent. That is, it is the pedagogical model and not the technology that provides the predominant educational effect.


Gadanidis, G. & Schindler, K. (2006). Learning Objects, Type II Applications, and Embedded Pedagogical Models. Computers in the Schools, 23(1), 19-32. Retrieved March 31, 2020 from .

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