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Using learning objects in critical thinking pedagogy and to facilitate entry into discourse communities


2003 2003

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In educational and instructional technology communities, learning objects have generated a great deal of interest in recent years. The learning object paradigm promises many benefits, most of which have yet to be realized. This dissertation proposes approaches for using learning objects outside of the currently dominant approach, which could be characterized as course-centric and informed by skills training, knowledge-transfer, and a content-delivery orientation. The dissertation examines ways that objects can be used to support learners in two key areas central to the concerns of English departments: critical thinking and development of competence in academic (and other) discourses. I argue against the “seamless course” model of content-delivery in favor of an approach that capitalizes on the modular, component architecture of learning objects by letting learners access and manipulate objects at a granular level. Objects that are searchable, shareable, versionable and annotated provide new ways to represent, manipulate and evaluate structural knowledge, and to tie learning content to discursive knowledge. An ongoing concern throughout the dissertation is the necessary and fruitful bridging of the divide between education and training. It is argued that such a bridge is useful for object initiatives to integrate concept-learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and the social construction of knowledge.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Rhetoric;
Composition;
Educational software
Classification
0681: Rhetoric
0681: Composition
0710: Educational software
Identifier / keyword
Education, Language, literature and linguistics, Critical thinking, Discourse communities, Learning objects, Modularity, Online
Title
Using learning objects in critical thinking pedagogy and to facilitate entry into discourse communities
Author
Longmire, Warren R.
Number of pages
231
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 64/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Moran, Charles
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3096296
ProQuest document ID
305322996
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305322996
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