Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology presents some of the recent theoretical developments in the cognitive and educational sciences and implications for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the organization of school and university education. Internationally renowned researchers present theoretical perspectives with proposals for and evaluations of educational practices. Each chapter discusses different aspects of the use of ICT in education, including:
*the role of perceptual processes in learning;
*external cognition as support for interactive learning;
*the role of meta-cognition;
*simulation learning environments as cognitive tools;
*the role of science controversy for knowledge integration;
*the use of ICT in the development of educators; and
*the role of narratives in education.
ICT has great potential for revolutionizing education. Large investments of resources are being made, often without a strong understanding of how ICT will or should be implemented. The expectation is that students will show immediate improvements in terms of their motivation to learn and their learning achievements, but reality is different. Progress of ICT in education requires more than just computers in the classroom. It demands an understanding of the complex processes contributing to human learning and how they interact with new technologies. This text provides theoretical perspectives on the learning processes that can be used as a foundation for constructing pedagogically valuable tools based on ICT.
The combination of results--from cognitive science and pedagogy, with more practically oriented suggestions for how ICT can be used in various forms of education--makes this book suitable for researchers and students in the cognitive and educational sciences, as well as for practitioners and planners of education.
"Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology is an impressive edited volume of 10 chapters based on the international symposium 'Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology' held in Stockholm in 2000. We can learn much from their work….There is a good deal of important and thoughtful information contained in the chapters, some with more 'T' for technology and others with more 'T' for theory."
"People interested in recent developments in theoretical thinking will find parts of this text informative and thought-provoking. People intrigued to read of researched innovations in teaching (especially of children), and in using IT, will find much of interest.
—British Journal of Educational Technology
"I believe this book [will] advance both theoretical understanding and practical applications of issues related to cognition, technology and communication technology."
University of Maryland
"The topics covered are very current and address many important issues within the field….[This book] fills a significant gap in the existing literature."
Contents: Preface. P. Johansson, P. Gärdenfors, Introduction to Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology. D.L. Schwartz, T. Martin, N. Nasir, Designs for Knowledge Evolution: Towards a Prescriptive Theory for Integrating First- and Second-Hand Knowledge. L. Plowman, Getting the Story Straight: The Role of Narrative in Teaching and Learning With Interactive Media. L.B. Resnick, A. Lesgold, M.W. Hall, Technology and the New Culture of Learning: Tools for Education Professions. W.J. Clancey, Modeling the Perceptual Component of Conceptual Learning: A Coordination Perspective. D. Kirsh, Metacognition, Distributed Cognition, and Visual Design. M. Scaife, Y. Rogers, External Cognition, Innovative Technologies, and Effective Learning. J. Ivarsson, R. Säljö, Seeing Through the Screen: Human Reasoning and the Development of Representational Technologies. M.C. Linn, WISE Design for Lifelong Learning: Pivotal Cases. T. de Jong, J. Beishuizen, C. Hulshof, F. Prins, H. van Rijn, M. van Someren, M. Veenman, P. Wilhelm, Determinants of Discovery Learning in a Complex Simulation Learning Environment.