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Computers as cognitive tools: Do they really enhance learning

Steketee, C., Herrington, J. and Oliver, R. (2001) Computers as cognitive tools: Do they really enhance learning. In: AARE 2001 International Education Research Conference. Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, 2 - 6 December 2001, Fremantle, Western Australia

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    Abstract

    Do computers, when implemented effectively, enhance learning? This question is the essence of the third phase of a Ph.D. study where computers were integrated as cognitive tools into a tertiary learning environment. The implementation framework was based on a social constructivist perspective of learning where discourse and collaboration were highly valued, and students were encouraged to distribute their learning between social, physical, symbolic and intellectual resources found within the learning environment. Using action-research methodology, this framework provided the catalyst for exploring how computers can be used effectively in tertiary education. It also permitted insight into the extent to which computers, when used as cognitive tools, can promote and foster cognitive processes that catalyse quality learning outcomes, the results of which are discussed in this paper.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Notes: Appears In: Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Educational Research Conference 2001
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7057
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