Learning Through ICT: An Analysis of the Quality of Knowledge Developed Through Computer-Mediated Learning Tools

Kimber, Kay, Pillay, Hitendra K., & Richards, Cameron (2001) Learning Through ICT: An Analysis of the Quality of Knowledge Developed Through Computer-Mediated Learning Tools. In Singh, Parlo & McWilliam, Erica L. (Eds.) Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld, pp. 95-114.


The study reported in this article investigated the nature of knowledge developed when collaborative inquiry is mediated through computer-generated concept maps. The participants were Grade 11 (aged 16 years) History and Grade 12 (aged 17 years) English students from a metropolitan girls' private secondary school. Activities completed during a four-week unit were built on a constructivist platform and included the use of 'Inspiration' software as a cognitive tool. The structure and level of knowledge displayed in students' concept maps were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively using a criteria template derived from the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) Taxonomy. Findings indicated that not only was student learning enhanced by the combination of collaborative inquiry and computer-generated concept maps, but the level of understanding was also positively influenced by the length of exposure to computer-mediated learning practices.

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ID Code: 9618
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: information and communication technologies (ICT), new learning environments (NLE), student engagement, secondary school, collaborative learning, learning outcomes
ISBN: 1876682272
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:31

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