Using hypermedia for learning complex concepts in chemistry: A qualitative study on the relationship between prior knowledge, beliefs, and motivation

Punya Mishra, Aman Yadav

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a qualitative study on the process of learning complex concepts in chemistry by four students as they worked with FLiPS (Flexible Learning in the Periodic System), a cognitive flexibility multi-media hypertext for learning about the periodic system of elements. A wide range of probes (think-alouds; navigation logs; observational notes, interviews; pre- and post-tests; epistemic beliefs survey; and background questionnaire) produced a rich data set for analysis. This data was analyzed to construct rich narrative case- and cross-case narratives of the participants' process of working and learning in this complex hypertext environment. This multi-level analysis offers insight both into the fine-grained process of use as well as the larger issues of the pedagogical significance of FLiPS. Our analysis reveals a complex relationship between epistemic beliefs, student motivation, prior knowledge, and process of learning from hypertext. We offer implications for future research, design and the application of pedagogical hypertexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-69
Number of pages37
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applications in subject areas
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Multimedia/hypermedia systems
  • Pedagogical issues
  • Teaching/learning strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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