A constructivist multimedia learning environment: Learning opportunities for teachers
Maor, D. (1998) A constructivist multimedia learning environment: Learning opportunities for teachers. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the Western Australian Science Education Association, 13 November 1998, Curtin University, Perth.
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This paper describes a professional development program involving the use of a multimedia package to develop teachers' understanding of a constructivist epistemology in science education. The workshops were intended, firstly, to empower teachers to become comfortable in using computers in science classrooms, and secondly, to enable teachers to enhance their understanding of, and ability to use, personal and social constructivist approaches to teaching and learning in the computerised learning environment. Teachers' perceptions of the process of learning with the multimedia program and teachers' reactions were assessed using a new instrument, the Constructivist Multimedia Learning Environment Scale (CMLES).
The results of the study suggest that teachers who have participated as learners in the professional development program can understand the context, problems and issues faced by students in the classroom and therefore are able to better facilitate students' needs and enhance their understanding in this learning environment.
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