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Title: Learner's conceptions of 'common place' computing activities: a case in word processing
Contributor(s): Chandler, Paul (author); Gesthuizen, Roland (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a major shift in science education attributable to science educators taking constructivist ideas seriously. This paper argues that whilst computers have been increasingly used in classrooms over this same period, and there have been some efforts to portray learner's understandings of computing concepts, remarkably little attention has been paid to how people learn information technology from the point of view cognitive development. A variant of the Predict-Observe-Explain protocol was used to probe understanding of a word processing task, and student responses were analysed using a knowledge framework. The results raise some challenges in terms of the content and pedagogy of ICT classes, and more carefully scaffolded probes to elicit learner understanding.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ACEC 2010: 21st Australian Computers in Education Conference: Digital Diversity, Melbourne, Australia, 6th - 9th April, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 21st Australian Computers in Education Conference: Digital Diversity
Publisher: Australian Computers in Education (ACEC)
Place of Publication: Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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