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Title: The role of tool and learner variables on using tools. Poster presented at the Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Day
Authors: Juarez Collazo, Norma Araceli ×
Elen, Jan
Clarebout, Geraldine #
Editors: Elen, Jan
Clarebout, Geraldine
Issue Date: 2011
Conference: Research Day in the Humanties and Social Sciences location:Leuven date:10 november 2011
Abstract: Empirical research on tool use emphasizes the problematic about the role of learners’ perceptions when they are confronted to the opportunity of using tools. This emphasis relates more specifically to whether learners can perceive and differentiate tool functionalities. This study investigated this though a psychomotor task which consisted of building a LEGO® figure and two tools: a high functional one (step-by-step guideline) and a low functional one (a high-paced video). The effect of tool use on performance, namely tool functionality, was firstly assessed (Perkins, 1985). Second, rather than measuring students’ perceptions through questionnaires (Davis, 1989), this paper deduced students’ perceived functionality from their tool choice behavior. Finally, variables self-efficacy and metacognition were also investigated. Results revealed that the tools were proven to be functional. The experimental conditions with guideline (G), with video (V) and with guideline and video (GV) significantly outperformed the control (C) condition without tools. However, contrary to the expectations, the (V) condition outperformed all other experimental conditions.Regarding perceived functionality, all learners perceived tool functionality in the (GV) condition, thus chose a tool, but did not identify the most functional one (V). No significant difference between conditions and learners’ variables was found. Theoretical implications and specifications for further research are discussed.
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Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AMa
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Campus Kulak Kortrijk – miscellaneous
Education and Training
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