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Computers & Education

December 2007 Volume 49, Number 4

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Number of articles: 27

  1. Technology planning: A roadmap to successful technology integration in schools

    Yasemin Gülbahar

    Since the advent of technologies available for teaching and learning, schools have been advocating considerable amount of their funds for the procurement of hi-tech technologies. Despite this huge ... More

    pp. 943-956

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  2. Analysis of utility and use of a web-based tool for digital signal processing teaching by means of a technological acceptance model

    S.L. Toral, F. Barrero & M.R. Martínez-Torres

    This paper presents an exploratory study about the development of a structural and measurement model for the technological acceptance (TAM) of a web-based educational tool. The aim consists of... More

    pp. 957-975

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  3. Computer usage and the validity of self-assessed computer competence among first-year business students

    Joan A. Ballantine, Patricia McCourt Larres & Peter Oyelere

    This study evaluates the reliability of self-assessment as a measure of computer competence. This evaluation is carried out in response to recent research which has employed self-reported ratings... More

    pp. 976-990

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  4. Comparing computer-supported dynamic modeling and ‘paper & pencil’ concept mapping technique in students’ collaborative activity

    Vassilis Komis, Marida Ergazaki & Vassiliki Zogza

    This study aims at highlighting the collaborative activity of two high school students (age 14) in the cases of modeling the complex biological process of plant growth with two different tools: the... More

    pp. 991-1017

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  5. Common needs and different agendas: How trainee teachers make progress in their ability to use ICT in subject teaching. Some lessons from the UK

    Terry Anthony Haydn & Roy Barton

    The paper reports on the outcomes of a British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTa) funded study which explored the views of teacher trainees and their mentors in two different ... More

    pp. 1018-1036

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  6. Visualization of participation: Does it contribute to successful computer-supported collaborative learning?

    Jeroen Janssen, Gijsbert Erkens, Gellof Kanselaar & Jos Jaspers

    This study investigated the effects of visualization of participation during computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). It is hypothesized that visualization of participation could... More

    pp. 1037-1065

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  7. Surveying instructor and learner attitudes toward e-learning

    Shu-Sheng Liaw, Hsiu-Mei Huang & Gwo-Dong Chen

    The trend of using e-learning as a learning and/or teaching tool is now rapidly expanding into education. Although e-learning environments are popular, there is minimal research on instructors’ and... More

    pp. 1066-1080

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  8. A role-playing virtual world for web-based application courses

    Colin Depradine

    With the rapid development of the information communication and technology (ICT) infrastructure in the Caribbean, there is an increasing demand for skilled software developers to meet the ICT needs... More

    pp. 1081-1096

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  9. Does lego training stimulate pupils’ ability to solve logical problems?

    Jörgen Lindh & Thomas Holgersson

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of a one-year regular robotic toys (lego) training on school pupils’ performance. The underlying pedagogical perspective is the... More

    pp. 1097-1111

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  10. Home-PC usage and achievement in English

    Folkvard Nævdal

    This article investigates the relation between home computer use and performance in English at school. The sample consists of 656 tenth-class students (age 15–16) in upper-secondary schools in... More

    pp. 1112-1121

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  11. Designing and developing a language environment for second language writers

    Ola Knutsson, Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Kerstin Severinson Eklundh & Stefan Westlund

    This paper presents a field study carried out with learners who used a grammar checker in real writing tasks in an advanced course at a Swedish university. The objective of the study was to... More

    pp. 1122-1146

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  12. The interactivity effect in multimedia learning

    Chris Evans & Nicola J. Gibbons

    The aim of this study was to determine whether the addition of interactivity to a computer-based learning package enhances the learning process. A sample of 33 (22 male and 11 female)... More

    pp. 1147-1160

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  13. On-line peer assessment and the role of the peer feedback: A study of high school computer course

    Sheng-Chau Tseng & Chin-Chung Tsai

    The purposes of this study were to explore the effects and the validity of on-line peer assessment in high schools and to analyze effects of various types of peer feedback on students. The... More

    pp. 1161-1174

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  14. The socio-economic dimensions of ICT-driven educational change

    Jörg Müller, Juana M. Sancho Gil, Fernando Hernández, Xavier Giró & Alejandra Bosco

    This paper analyses the varied socio-economic implications of ICT-based educational change. Drawing from a rich, 3-year long research project with 20 secondary schools throughout Europe, the social... More

    pp. 1175-1188

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  15. Mediating the impact of technology usage on perceived ease of use by anxiety

    Raafat George Saadé & Dennis Kira

    Computerphobic adults including first-year university students have been reported to range from 25% to 50%. Although self-reported computer anxiety has reduced in the past decade, it continues to... More

    pp. 1189-1204

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  16. Genetic algorithm based multi-agent system applied to test generation

    Anbo Meng, Luqing Ye, Daniel Roy & Pierre Padilla

    Automatic test generating system in distributed computing context is one of the most important links in on-line evaluation system. Although the issue has been argued long since, there is not a... More

    pp. 1205-1223

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  17. An empirical analysis of the antecedents of web-based learning continuance

    Chao-Min Chiu, Szu-Yuan Sun, Pei-Chen Sun & Teresa L. Ju

    Like any other product, service and Web-based application, the success of Web-based learning depends largely on learners’ satisfaction and other factors that will eventually increase learners’... More

    pp. 1224-1245

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  18. Development of an interactive computer-based learning strategy to assist in teaching water quality modelling

    Sasha Zigic & Charles J. Lemckert

    The following paper presents a computer-based learning strategy to assist in introducing and teaching water quality modelling to undergraduate civil engineering students. As part of the learning... More

    pp. 1246-1257

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  19. The relationship between class size and online activity patterns in asynchronous computer conferencing environments

    Jim Hewitt & Clare Brett

    This study analyzes the relationship between class size and student online activity patterns in a series of 28 graduate level computer conferencing courses. Quantitative analyses of note production... More

    pp. 1258-1271

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  20. Developing strategic and reasoning abilities with computer games at primary school level

    R.M. Bottino, L. Ferlino, M. Ott & M. Tavella

    The paper reports a small-scale, long-term pilot project designed to foster strategic and reasoning abilities in young primary school pupils by engaging them in a number of computer games, mainly... More

    pp. 1272-1286

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