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Applying constructivism for interactive educational software: a research based design, implementation and evaluation method

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2 Author(s)
Christina, S. ; Pedagogical Dept. of Primary Educ., Thessaly Univ., Greece ; Dimitrios, K.

We have designed, developed and evaluated the educational software entitled ''Interaction between objects" within the framework of social constructivism on the basis of the data issued from a preceded research with teachers and pupils of primary and secondary education, in order to remedy pupils' alternative ideas and help them construct scientific knowledge about action-reaction forces. The research was made in three stages: a) exploration of pupils' empirical views (451 Greek pupils aged 11-16, pre-tests with written questionnaires and interviews), b) software's design, development and formative evaluation with 8 pupils (videotaping-interviews) and 15 teachers (written questionnaires), c) software's summative evaluation with 13 teachers (filling of a "diary") and teaching interventions (226 pupils, post-tests with questionnaires- interviews). We found out that the use of this software had positive teaching and learning results and was very effective in pupils' conceptual change.

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Advanced Learning Technologies, 2004. Proceedings. IEEE International Conference on

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30 Aug.-1 Sept. 2004