Cognitivism, most notably Gestalt theoryspeaks of learning as making sense of the relationship between what is old and what is new. Similarly, Constructivist theory states that "knowledge is not passively received from the world or from authoritative sources but constructed by individuals or groups making sense of their experiential worlds". Learning economy[ edit ] Lifelong learning is being recognized by traditional colleges and universities as valid in addition to degree attainment. Some learning is accomplished in segments or interest categories and can still be valuable to the individual and community.
How are ICTs actually being used in education? What do we know about the impact of ICTs on student learning? What do we know about the impact of ICTs on student motivation and engagement for learning?
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ICTs are very rarely seen as central to the overall learning process Even in the most advanced schools in OECD countries, ICTs are generally not considered central to the teaching and learning process.
Impact on student achievement The positive impact of ICT use in education has not been proven In general, and despite thousands of impact studies, the impact of ICT use on student achievement remains difficult to measure and open to much reasonable debate. Need for clear goals ICTs are seen to be less effective or ineffective when the goals for their use are not clear.
While such a statement would appear to be self-evident, the specific goals for ICT use in education are, in practice, are often only very broadly or rather loosely defined. Mismatch between methods used to measure effects and type of learning promoted In many studies, there may be a mismatch between the methods used to measure effects and the nature of the learning promoted by the specific uses of ICT.
For example, some studies have looked only for improvements in traditional teaching and learning processes and knowledge mastery instead of looking for new processes and knowledge related to the use of ICTs. It may be that more useful analysis of the impact of ICT can only emerge when the methods used to measure achievement and outcomes are more closely related to the learning activities and processes promoted by the use of ICTs.
ICTs are used differently in different school subjects Uses of ICTs for simulations and modeling in science and math have been shown to be effective, as have word processing and communication software e-mail in the development of student language and communication skills.
Access outside of school affects impact The relationships between in-class student computer use, out of class student computer use and student achievement are unclear.
However, students in OECD countries reporting the greatest amount of computer use outside school are seen in some studies to have lower than average achievement the presumption is that high computer use outside of school is disproportionately devoted to computer gaming.
Users believe that ICTs make a positive difference In studies that rely largely on self-reporting, most users feel that using ICTs make them more effective learners. Impact on student motivation ICTs motivate teachers and students There appears to be a general consensus that both teachers and students feel ICT use greatly contributes to student motivation for learning.
Access outside of school affects user confidence Not surprisingly Students who use a computer at home also use them in school more frequently and with more confidence than pupils who have no home access. Models for successfully integrating ICT use in school and after school hours are still emerging There are few successful models for the integration of student computer use at home or in other 'informal settings' outside of school facilities with use in school.
The appropriate ages for introducing computers to students are hotly debated On a general level, appropriate ages for student ICT use, in general, are unclear.
However, it is clear that certain uses are more or less appropriate, given student ages and abilities. Emerging research cautions against widespread use at younger ages. ICTs can promote learner autonomy Evidence exists that use of ICTs can increase learner autonomy for certain learners. Gender affects impact Uses of ICTs in education in many cases to be affected by the gender of the learner.In the era of globalization, learning a second language during childhood can provide developmental and social benefits.
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