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Changing Conceptions in E-Learning: Debates and Dialogues PROCEEDINGS

, University of Sydney, Australia ; , Access Testing, Australia

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Conceptual change is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant obstacles to effective science education. Exactly what constitutes this complex process, however, is still in debate. In this paper, the most successful methods by which conceptual change has been achieved are briefly explored. We propose a less common method for restructuring preconceptions in e-learning: student observation of dialogue informed by misconception research. Vicarious learning, as this method is often termed, has both theoretical and empirical support. It validates students' previous conceptions and concerns and allows students to consider both sides of a learning dialogue without the pressure of being active participants. Preliminary results from the domain of quantum mechanics suggest that vicarious learning can have a more enduring impact on student conceptions than traditional expository approaches.

Citation

Muller, D.A. & Eklund, J. (2006). Changing Conceptions in E-Learning: Debates and Dialogues. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 1360-1367). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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