Volume 1 - Issue 2

April 2013

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A Survey on Pre-service and In-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK)

Zahra Hosseini Anand Kamal
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In the past two decades, technology has become an important part of the educational system. However, there are many evidences that indicate teacher deficiency in the use technology in teaching. In order to effectively use technology in teaching, researchers have identified the need to possess Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK)a complex knowledge that enables teachers to select appropriate technology tools for teaching a particular content through a particular method of teaching. Thus, the present research aimed to measure teachers’ knowledge for technology integration through the lens of TPCK. 236 pre-service and in-service teachers in five fields participated in this survey. An examination of the participants’ TPCK showed that Pedagogy Knowledge (PK) was highest and Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK) was lowest among participants. Furthermore, statistical analysis using MANOVA indicated that there was no significant relationship between the demographic variables of age and gender with TPCK and its components while the participants’ field of study and teaching experience were significantly related to their TPCK. Moreover, the correlation between participants’ attitude toward using technology and TPCK was not found to be significant.

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Curriculum and design analysis of a mathematics-based educational television program: a case study of Cyberchase animated television series

Farrah Dina Yusop
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This paper presents a curriculum and design analyses of an Emmy-award winning children educational television series, Cyberchase. Using Posner’s (2004) four process of curriculum analysis framework, this paper addresses each of the components and relates it to the design principles undertaken by the Cyberchase production team. Media and document analysis techniques were used to examine selected samples of the series. Findings indicate that the series succeed in teaching mathematical concepts, generate interest in mathematics learning and assist in development of mathematical problem-solving skills. This paper may provide information on how the series effectively used multimedia elements to deliver serious academic content in the most entertaining ways.

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Impact Of Geometer’s Sketchpad On Students Achievement In Graph Functions

Leong Kwan Eu
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of using the Geometer’s Sketchpad software in the teaching and learning of graph functions among Form Six (Grade 12) students in a Malaysian secondary school. This study utilized a quasi-experimental design using intact group of students from two classes in an urban secondary school. Two instruments were used to gather information on the students’ mathematics achievement and attitudes towards learning graph functions.A survey questionnaire was used to gauge students’ perception on the usage of Geometer’s Sketchpad in the learning of graph functions.In the study, the experimental groups used Geometer’s Sketchpad-based worksheets and each student has an access to one computer equipped with the Sketchpad software. The control group used only the textbooks. Both groups took the same pre-test.This study indicated that the results ofthe experimental group had a significant mean difference compared to the control group. The use of Geometer’s Sketchpad in mathematics classroom has positive effect on the students’ mathematics achievement and attitude towards the learning of graph of functions also improved.

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Retrospective Evaluation of a Collaborative Learning Science Module: The’ Users Perspective

Dorothy DeWitt SaedahSiraj Norlidah Alias Hai Leng Chin
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This study focuses on the retrospective evaluation of collaborative mLearning (CmL) Science module for teaching secondary school science which was designed based on social constructivist learning theories and Merrill’s First Principle of Instruction. This study is part of a developmental research in which computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools such asdiscussion forums, collaborative work spaces (wiki), and text messaging was employed. The user evaluation focuses on the retrospective evaluation of sixteen (16) Form 2 students as users on completion of the module. Data collection was from a surveys and interviews. However, to ensure reliability, the results were triangulated with the users’online communications on the forums, wikis, and text messages. The findings showedthat the CmLmodule has several strengths and weaknesses. However, the CmL module could be used for learning as it provided an opportunity for scientific inquiry in the search for information and through both online and face-to-face discussions while solving problems. In addition, the findings show that the CmLmodule could be used to encourage scientific inquiry for encouraging the nature of science.

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Web-Based Teaching And Learning Approach (WBTLA) Usability In Institutions Of Higher Learning In Malaysia

Abu Bakar Nordin Norlidah Alias
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Today teachers in schools and lecturers in institutions of higher learning are endowedwith a wide range of new teachingexperiencesthrough web-based teaching and learning approaches (WBTLA), which is not possible before through thetraditional classroom approach. With the use of WBTLA emerged problems related to usability in technical, pedagogical and contextual aspects of teaching and learning. This paper examines usability problems in the context of teaching and learning at higher institutions of learning in Malaysia. By using the framework proposed by Hadjerrout(2010), a survey was carried out to determine the aspects related to usability and the extent to which lecturers believed that they enjoyed teaching as well as faced difficulties in employing WBTLAin their classes. The findings show that while lecturers agreed on technical and pedagogical usability and the extent of difficulties involved which they could overcome, their perceptions and beliefs of contextual usabilityand the extent of the difficulties involvedare less clear. This leaves much to the ability and willingness of each respective institution to invest in the technology and provision of training to the lecturers. Despite the problems identified the lecturers do see that WBTLA has good prospects in the future

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The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) highlights the current issues in educational technology. MOJET is an international, professional referred journal in the interdisciplinary fields sponsored by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. This journal serves as a platform for presenting and discussing the emerging issues on educational technology for readers who share common interests in understanding the developments of the integration of technology in education. The journal is committed to providing access to quality researches raging from original research, theoretical articles and concept papers in educational technology. In order to produce high quality journal, extensive effort has been put in selecting valuable researches that contribute to the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to editorial board, reviewers and researchers for their valuable contributions to make this journal a reality