Search results for author:"Shaaron Ainsworth"
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Journal of Educational Technology & Society Vol. 10, No. 3 (2007) pp. 22–31
For a single authoring environment to be sufficiently general to be applicable to contexts across the whole lifespan of learning, some of the benefits that come from knowledge-rich domain specificity have to be sacrificed. Consequently, it is an...
Computers & Education Vol. 33, No. 2 (1999) pp. 131–152
Multiple representations and multi-media can support learning in many different ways. In this paper, it is claimed that by identifying the functions that they can serve, many of the conflicting findings arising out of the existing evaluations of...
There is more than one way to solve a problem: Evaluating a learning environment that supports the development of children's multiplication skills
Learning and Instruction Vol. 8, No. 2 (1998) pp. 141–157
Interpretation of the nature of mathematical understanding has changed recently. These changes have prompted calls for different instructional methods in the primary classroom. COPPERS is a mathematical learning environment which explores how such...
Motivating Children to Learn Effectively: Exploring the Value of Intrinsic Integration in Educational Games
Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 20, No. 2 (2011) pp. 169–206
The concept of "intrinsic motivation" lies at the heart of the user engagement created by digital games. Yet despite this, educational software has traditionally attempted to harness games as extrinsic motivation by using them as a sugar coating for ...
Examining the Effects of Different Multiple Representational Systems in Learning Primary Mathematics
Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 11, No. 1 (2002) pp. 25–61
Presents two experiments with a multi-representational environment in which the difficulty of translating between representations was manipulated. Describes how pairs of pictorial, mathematical, or mixed pictorial and mathematical representations...
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Vol. 6, No. 4 (December 2011) pp. 577–600
Developing shared understanding is essential to productive collaboration where a product is jointly constructed. This is especially true when the different collaborators' contributions need to build coherently on one another, as, for example, when...
Science Education Vol. 95, No. 4 (July 2011) pp. 700–719
This study explored whether adding a haptic interface (that provides users with somatosensory information about virtual objects by force and tactile feedback) to a three-dimensional (3D) chemical model enhanced students' understanding of complex...
Mike Sharples; Eileen Scanlon; Shaaron Ainsworth; Stamatina Anastopoulou; Trevor Collins; Charles Crook; Ann Jones; Lucinda Kerawalla; Karen Littleton; Paul Mulholland; Claire O'Malley
Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 24, No. 2 (2015) pp. 308–341
A central challenge for science educators is to enable young people to act as scientists by gathering and assessing evidence, conducting experiments, and engaging in informed debate. We report the design of the nQuire toolkit, a system to support...