Enhance Learning Based on Psychological Indexes and Individual Preferences for a Physics Course Using An Adaptive Hypermedia Learning Environment

By Psycharis Sarantos and Fotini Paraskeva.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study was designed to examine the effects of the students’ preferences and metacognitive learning – in connection with self esteem and cognitive variables – using an Adaptive Hypermedia Learning Environment (AHLE). Participants were 20 undergraduate students in a physics course, who were randomly assigned to participate in the 3 different modutes. Results indicated that the AHLE had a strong impact on students’ perception of physics and metacognitive components of learning. Analysis of the results reveals a strong shift of students towards developing metacognitive strategies (conceptual change) and this is primarily true for students with a high self-esteem and FI as cognitive parameter. A web tool de-signed by the authors to count the number of trials of students indicates that stu-dents with a high degree of meta-learning have a low number of trials. The results on perception and metacognitive outcomes suggest that the AHLE should be de-signed according to the cognitive learning style and self-esteem beliefs.

Keywords: Perception for Physics, Self-Esteem, Field-Dependent, Field-Independent, Metacognitive Strategies, Adaptive Learning Environment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.468KB).

Dr. Psycharis Sarantos

Lecturer, Department of Education, University of Aegean, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Sarantos Psycharis has graduated from the Department of Physics, Athens University in 1983. He holds a Ph.D in Nuclear Physics-Computational Physics and Msc in Information and Communication Technologies. His research areas cover the fields of implementation of ICT in the education with the use of software, the creation of modelling for physical processes using Programming Languages as well as the use of e-learning in Education with the use of platforms and certain tools.

Dr Fotini Paraskeva

Lecturer, Department of Technology Education & Digital Systems, University of Piraeus-Athens, Piraeus, Attiki, Greece

Fotini Paraskeva: is a Lecturer in the Department of Technology Education & Digital Systems, of the University of Piraeus (Athens Greece). She has graduated from the Department of Education, Athens University. She holds a Ph.D in Educational Psychology. She is also carrying out research in ICT in education with emphasis in learning environment. She has had extensive experience in education, especially teaching adult groups. Her research area covers theories of learning (social and cognitive aspects) and applications to the classroom as well as in the fields of ICT in education. Main interest is in instructional methodologies enhancing the learning environment.

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