An experiment with conversation theory as a candidate for a meta learning theory

Barn, Balbir and Dexter, Hilary (2007) An experiment with conversation theory as a candidate for a meta learning theory. In: The 10th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, 8-10 Oct 2007, Beijing, China.

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This paper argues that educational theories are complex and it is their structural complexity that prevents understanding and easy application to learning design. In order to support e-learning, software tools to aid the understanding and application process are more likely to be successful if there is a formal model for describing educational theories -- a computer readable conceptual model which can act as a reference model and provide visual representations of their inherent complex nature. This paper suggests that before it is possible to describe a meta model for learning theories it is necessary to have a more detailed understanding of the nature and form of a meta learning theory. The paper reports on an experiment on using Gordon Pask's Cybernetics based Conversation Theory as a candidate meta learning theory. The paper contributes a UML representation of Conversation Theory and presents experimental comparison data with other theories using the model as the basis for comparison.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9780889866997
Subjects: Computing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2012 15:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:16

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