A case study about supporting the development of thinking by means of ICT and concretisation tools

Lou A.M.P. Slangen, Nardie L.J.A. Fanchamps, Piet A.M. Kommers

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Abstract

Improving learning and thinking in school has been an objective of the educational community for a long time. Computer applications and especially mind tools can be helpful in reaching this objective. Control software that operates a connected physical micro world and is used as a kind of mind tool, delivers possibilities to develop and support learning and thinking of pupils in school. We studied pupils| thinking behaviour (thinking skills and habits of mind) by analysing the progressive discourse of pupils who solved problems using Techno-Logica control software in a hybrid micro world. We developed a first version of an observation instrument and tested its usefulness in exploring thinking behaviour. In this paper, we present the first results and prospective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-322
Number of pages18
JournalInternational journal of continuing engineering education and life-long learning
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Control software
  • Habits of mind
  • Hybrid microworlds
  • ICT
  • Mind tools
  • Lego mindstorms
  • Technologica
  • Techno-logica
  • Technology
  • Thinking skills
  • Information technology
  • Communications
  • Learning
  • Education

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