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Development and Formative Evaluation of a Multimedia Program Using Interpretive Research Methodology Article

, Murdoch University

JCMST Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This article describes how formative evaluation provided by
students and teachers interacting with a multimedia program
led to the modification of the program design. The program
was developed by a team at Curtin University in Western
Australia. The purpose of the multimedia program was to en-courage
students to achieve higher-level thinking skills. Be-cause
a constructivist approach guided its design, developers
were aware of the need to keep the program complex, rich,
diverse, and open for the purpose of enabling students to ex-plore,
experiment, think, and hypothesize as they engaged in
a scientific investigation. The program is based on authentic
data collected from research expeditions to Antarctica. The
formative evaluation consisted of written and oral responses
from year 10 students, experienced teachers, and a peer re-view
by a computer expert. The year 10 students evaluated
the program twice at an interval of 3 months. The evaluation
provided a rich source of information, which was used by the
team to modify and improve the program. This formative
evaluation raised further questions about how successfully
the program promoted the development of the desired high-er-
level thinking skills, and whether this type of program can
contribute to this educational goal.

Citation

Maor, D. (2001). Development and Formative Evaluation of a Multimedia Program Using Interpretive Research Methodology. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 20(1), 75-97. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).