Giuliana Dettori

Giuliana Dettori
Italian National Research Council | CNR · Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche ITD Genova

Educational Technology
Retired senior researcher

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Introduction
Giuliana Dettori completed her studies in Mathematics at the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1978. She is a tenured researcher for Italy’s National Research Council since 1982. Her research activity, initially in Applied Mathematics, has developed mainly in Educational Technologies, focusing on the mediation of cultural artifacts ( ICT, representations, narrative) in teaching, learning and teacher training, as well as on self-regulated learning. She is retired since June 2020.
Additional affiliations
January 2007 - present
ITD Istituto per le tecnologie Didattiche
Position
  • Senior Researcher
May 2002 - present
ITD Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche
Position
  • ITD Istituto per le tecnologie Didattiche
Description
  • Research in Educational Technologies
January 1982 - October 2018
Italian National Research Council
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Education
November 1974 - July 1978
Università degli Studi di Genova
Field of study
  • Applied Mathematics

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Publications (255)
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The use of case-based learning environments (CBLEs) is expected to benefit students by guiding them to study contextually rich real world situations. However, efficient design approaches are needed to support students' processing of the complex material embedded in a CBLE. In this work we argue that, in designing technology-enhanced CBLEs, scripts...
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The paper s freely downloadable from https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=810853 While the media ecosystem changes in a vertiginous way, interactive narratives make their entrance in the mainstream distribution platforms and VR looks for its feature content, new media hybrids continue to emerge from the mixture of different communication...
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This paper reports an experience carried out in the second year of a humanistic high school, within a course of Latin literature whose program included the reading of several chapters of the Latin epic poem Aeneid. At the end of the school year, in order to rehearse that activity and reflect on it, the teacher divided the students into small groups...
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This chapter considers how the potential of digital storytelling can be harnessed as a tool for teaching and learning about the environment and sustainability in formal and nonformal urban education contexts. It first examines the learning opportunities provided by digital storytelling for urban environmental education before discussing these oppor...
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In the past decade, Computational Thinking (CT) and related concepts (e.g. coding, programing, algorithmic thinking) have received increasing attention in the educational field. This has given rise to a large amount of academic and grey literature, and also numerous public and private implementation initiatives. Despite this widespread interest, su...
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Storytelling is widely recognized as a powerful tool to enhance learning, because of its support to meaning making and to the development of expressive (possibly multimodal) skills. An interesting variant to storytelling-based learning activities is the construction of storyworlds apt to support the development of interactive stories. This differs...
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Computational Thinking, which entails using analytic and algorithmic approaches to formulate, analyse and solve problems, has increasingly gained attention in the educational field in the past decade, giving rise to a large amount of academic and grey literature, as well as to numerous public and private initiatives to implement it. Despite such wi...
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This paper reports on initial findings of a study on developing computational thinking (CT) as a 21st Century skill. Extensive desktop research collecting evidences from the (academic and grey) literature has been complemented with a survey on policy documents and several semi-structured interviews with policy makers, researchers and practitioners...
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This book—aimed at game designers, librarians, and teachers with an interest in learning technology—defines information literacy and argues why it should be part of all students' preparation. It then examines the design, development and application of a game for undergraduates learning how to conduct library research. It also guides the design of i...
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Addressed to language teachers and language teacher trainers, Digital competence development in higher education aims to reflect on the use of it in language education. The tools we have influence what we teach, how we teach and how our students learn; teachers help students develop competences by integrating knowledge, skills, abilities, strategie...
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This book, addressed to teachers and other professionals involved in higher education, concerns the many changes entailed by teaching online. It offers in a clear way a synthesis of theory and practice, based on the literature plus interviews with many experts in the field. It can provide a useful stimulus for deep reflection on its subject. If you...
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This is an important book—but a dense and highly conceptual one—for researchers and scholars in learning technology (lt). Its purpose is to highlight critical perspectives on the field and broaden it by such means as opening up new topics, developing new theory, imagining how the field can advance, and working towards an informed agenda. Do you thi...
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This monograph, addressed to higher education teachers, concerns learning in a Web 2.0 world, together with new, open forms of assessment and quality development. I find interesting the rich chapters on quality and assessment but less convincing the initial analysis and classification of Web 2.0 learning environments and landscapes. If you are like...
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The target article by Dasko-lia, Kynigos and Makri shows the great potential of narrative learning to foster general learning skills, such as meaning-making, collaboration and creativity, while facilitating the construction of disciplinary content knowledge. This learning approach has much to recommend it, especially from a constructivist perspecti...
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This interesting book on the systematic design of rich, engaging and effective e-learning experiences can make an extremely useful guide for beginning educators and instructional designers working with school education. This is thanks to its very practical approach, precise description of methods, high number of meaningful examples, and practical g...
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Online social spaces, where users can exchange information, opinions and resources, have achieved wide popularity and are gaining attention in many research fields, including education. Their actual potential support to learning, however, still requires investigation, especially because portals can widely differ as concerns purpose and internal str...
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Multimodal composing in classrooms aims to encourage school teachers to change their view of literacy, through the analysis of experiences of multimodal literacies in a variety of learning contexts. Literacy entails not only reading and writing, but, working in different modes, effectively expressing oneself and understanding others’ expressions. D...
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This interesting book, the target audience of which is teachers of digital humanities at university level, highlights the need to teach methodological approaches and not simply technological skills. Thus we nurture scholars who are culturally literate as well as digitally adept, and foster the development of critical thinking skills. If the content...
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Presentation at the conference SFIDE 9 (Semiario franco-italiano per la didattica e l'educazione). Genova, IT, 29-11-2013. In Italian Progettare storie interattive può essere un'utile attività di apprendimento.
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This are the slides of presentation made at the conference VIS 2013. Narrative is a powerful tool to enhance learning: conceiving a plot implies gaining awareness of logical constraints among events; narrating it entails developing expression skills, and narrating with digital tools adds the ability to suitably use different codes as expressive mea...
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This rich and very interesting book, addressed to professionals and graduate students interested in educational innovation, investigates the creation of optimal learning conditions and how these can support personal and context resources. This is to help learners achieve not only content knowledge and competence but also a favourable disposition to...
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The constant evolution of technology entails to periodically re-think its use in education and prepare teachers to take advantage of new possibilities in a pedagogically sound way. This paper argues that an effective way to train teachers in this respect could consist in supporting the creation of online communities where teachers can share educati...
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This interesting book, addressed both to novice and to experienced teachers, provides a theoretical and practical framework to foster positive communication in today's diverse classroom and to help educators view diversity as a valuable resource. It highlights the importance of the context in which communication takes place, because this can determ...
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This study concerns the use of audio technology and metacognition to improve pronunciation in the learning of a second language (L2). It describes a methodological approach to guide L2 learners to observe their utterances and become aware of their pronunciation errors, with the support of peer collaboration and metacognitive prompts. Identifying pr...
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This paper describes an informal component that we added to an online formal language learning environment in order to help the learners reach relevant Internet pages they can freely use to complement their learning activity. Thanks to this facility, each lesson is enriched, at run time, with a number of links automatically retrieved from social bo...
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This paper argues that self-regulation is an essential competence that all learners should develop, not only to successfully deal with the challenges and exploit the benefits of the current cultural and technological context, but also to go successfully though formal education and develop their own learning and intellectual potential. The paper als...
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Narrative can be used in different ways and with a variety of aims to help set up constructive learning activities and environments. This presentation (given at a Workshop on Technology-enhanced Learning, at LUB-Bozen, IT) discusses several examples illustrating the variety of possible ways to set up meaningful narrative-based learning activities,...
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This interesting book, addressed to school teachers and technology leaders, aims to build awareness of what are inappropriate behaviours in technology use and why they are potentially dangerous. Digital citizenship—the application of norms for productive and appropriate technology use—is relevant to all in our technology-rich society, and should be...
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This paper describes an original approach developed to enrich a formal language learning environment by means of suggestions of related web pages automatically retrieved at run time from social bookmarking sites. The users of the environment are also invited to share within the platform an indication of personal like or dislike, which constitutes a...
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This interesting book aims to provide tools, pedagogical support, and inspiration to enable higher education teachers to implement cooperative teaching and learning approaches effectively, so as to lead their students to engage in stimulating problem solving activities and by this means develop critical thinking and deep learning. If this book's co...
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This interesting book addressed to teachers and researchers committed to improve secondary education gives an account of how two schools in England successfully engaged in the development of a new curriculum apt to favour creative teaching, i.e. the use of imaginative approaches to make learning more interesting, effective, supportive of students’...
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It is widely recognized that learners are empowered by interacting with peers on relevant, content-related matters, and are encouraged to feel involved in their own educational process. In order to really support learning, however, interactions need to be structured and organized by means of some suitable pedagogical approach. In this chapter, we a...
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This interesting book, addressed to K-12 teachers and technology leaders, aims to build awareness of what are inappropriate behaviours in technology use and why they are potentially dangerous. Digital Citizenship – the application of norms for productive and appropriate technology use – is a relevant matter in the current technology-rich society, a...
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This interesting edited book aims to provide tools, pedagogical support and inspiration to enable higher education teachers to effectively implement cooperative teaching and learning approaches, so as to lead their students to engage in stimulating problem solving activities and by this means develop critical thinking and deep learning.
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This interesting book addressed to teachers and researchers committed to improve secondary education gives an account of how two schools in England successfully engaged in the development of a new curriculum apt to favour creative teaching, i.e. the use of imaginative approaches to make learning more interesting, effective, supportive of students’...
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Educational Effectiveness Research studies the functioning of the educational system. This authoritative volume suitable to both novices and competent scholars in the field joins the informative depth of a monograph with the variety of perspectives of multi-authors application studies.
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This monograph addressed to language teachers and researchers aims to investigate evaluation methodologies for CALL effectiveness research. It provides a good introduction to methodological issues and a careful literature analysis but is rather lengthy and its examples lack useful detail.
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It is widely recognized that learners are empowered by interacting with peers on relevant, content-related matters, and are encouraged to feel involved in their own educational process. In order to really support learning, however, interactions need to be structured and organized by means of some suitable pedagogical approach. In this chapter, the...
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Knowledge and competence can be passed among people, across time, space and organizations, just as transferable entities, like fluids, can be let “flow” among locations. This flowing, or sharing, of knowledge is crucial for success in the work environment. It is, however, a challenging task, because often work-related expertise is tacit and difficu...
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This paper concerns a language learning experience in a multimedia lab in junior high school. The activity was shaped according to task-based learning, which consists in actively involving students in group work on meaningful tasks. The task assigned was the realization of a web site containing linguistic exercises realized by the pupils, which aim...
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This chapter analyses Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) in a virtual community interacting through asynchronous textual communication. The community consisted of trainee teachers of a post-graduate blended course in Educational Technology. The online component of this course was based on a socio-constructivist approach. The study aims to compare SRL pr...
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Addressing learners' beliefs is an effective way to improve education, and is considered particularly important in teacher training. It is, however, a difficult task, because beliefs are often unconscious. In this paper, we argue that sharing personal narrations with the support of web technology may constitute an effective approach to beliefs' eli...
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Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) is the process through which individuals control their own learning, from the cognitive, meta-cognitive, behavioral, emotional and motivational points of view. Through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) it is an important interdisciplinary competence which has increasingly gained attention in the past co...
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This edited book addressed to teachers, researchers, graduate students, educational media specialists and librarians discusses diverse aspects of adolescents’ online literacies, underlining how online spaces can actually provide a suitable arena for the development of relevant skills and understanding.
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This edited book addressed to language teachers and researchers examines the interface between task-based and computer-assisted language learning to help understand how to design technology-mediated tasks and by this means advance the research and practice in this field.
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This interesting book addressed to language teachers, researchers and materials developers is focused on intersecting research, theory and practice so as to stimulate the creation of modern, multi-level, multi-skills, interesting, attractive and motivating materials apt to support effective language learning.
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Focusing on the case of French, this paper analyses the situation of language learning software currently available. Despite the technological development, ICT resources do not contribute enough to implement effective language learning methodologies. Drill-and-practice exercises favouring the acquisition of grammatical and lexical structures are st...
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This book, addressed to educators in academic and management contexts, discusses the importance of the emerging concept of competence and analyses how competences can be developed and assessed in a variety of contexts.
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This book is a collection of revised papers originally written by the author in the decade 1997-2007 with the aim to help define and explore what is pedagogy. This term does not refer only to teachers’ activity in classrooms, but includes values, theories, beliefs, history and evidence which inform, sustain and justify teacher’s actions, as well as...
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Self-regulated learning (SRL) can be fostered by teachers' behaviour and feedback and by the creation of suitable learning environments. This paper tackles the problem of how to develop attitudes and competences enabling teachers to act in support of their students' SRL. To this end, teachers should be aware of their own self-regulation of both lea...
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This slim but dense monograph addressed to teachers aims to stimulate reflection on ideals, rules and purposes of technology use in schools, keeping pace with the new possibilities and problems brought about by the continuous evolution of technology.
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This slim but dense monograph, addressed to scholars of second language (L2) teacher education, presents a sound methodological discussion on how to reflect on L2 teacher education, based on a sociocultural perspective.
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Identifying pronunciation errors is a complex task for the learners of a second language (L2), which requires good self-observation, reflection and evaluation skills. Its difficulty is witnessed by both experience and the literature, which highlight that learners are often unable to identify their own errors, unless they are specifically trained in...
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Narrative is a natural form of communication, easily and effectively used in every culture by both children and adults to communicate in simple and suggestive way possibly complex information. It provides a powerful frame to represent experience and helps to make sense of it, as well as to support knowledge creation and sharing. The literature repo...
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Reflecting on the design and development of online learning activities is important to help improve and consolidate good practices. This paper analyses the issues faced and the solutions adopted in the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary online course, run within an international Virtual Doctoral School. Reflecting on the lessons lear...
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In this paper we describe an approach to structure online collaborative poetry and discuss an exploratory implementation of it. Our interest for such activity is determined by the fact that it appears a good way to foster creativity and collaboration skills. Not requiring any particular competence, apart basic language knowledge, this activity is s...
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In questo articolo si illustra e discute un'attività di formazione iniziale per insegnanti di matematica, collocata all'interno di un percorso di formazione avente come nodo centrale l'insegnamento-apprendimento della dimostrazione. In particolare, si è scelto di far emergere, e rendere così oggetto di riflessione consapevole, le convinzioni (belie...
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In this article we describe an approach to the design oflearning objects (LOs) suitable to support learning incomplex domains. We briefly discuss, from an educational point of view, the methodological choices underlying thedesign of LOs to be used as didactical materials in a distributed Web-based environment, presently under development, devoted t...
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Despite many potential benefits, hybrid learning is not yet very diffused, because of the issues entailed by a thorough institutional change in this direction. In this paper, we suggest that changes at activity or course level, on the other hand, is not very difficult and onerous to implement, even in absence of a thorough institutional change. To...
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This well edited book aims to capture the state of the art of technology-based instructional design for literacy education at primary school level. Its concern is two wide groups of proposals - intelligent tutoring systems and interactive literacy environments. In both cases, technology is used as a means of supporting cognitive processes to make l...
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This monograph explores how new technology can support storytelling skills in learners, and by this means improve learning. It is written in the form of a meta-narrative, that is, an articulated story that works as background and container for a number of different contents.
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This monograph addressed to primary teachers aims to investigate the complexity of teaching, especially innovative and creative one. It is primarily concerned with the principles and practice that apply across the curriculum and does not refer to any specific subject. The book looks in depth at what characterizes effective teachers and analyses key...
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The dissemination of innovation at school may be supported by favouring the exchange of educational materials and reflections, leading teachers to learn from each other’s experiences. This was the main goal of Efelcren, a Comenius 2.1 project which aimed to boost the creation and collection of inventive and effective ICT-based educational materials...
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In a teacher training course for mathematics teachers, a narrative activity was assigned to elicit participants' beliefs on proof. Proof is a very important topic in mathematics education, crucial to develop mathematical thinking, and therefore worth special attention. Individual narrations of one's relation with proof were collected, posted on the...
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Questo lavoro illustra un metodo innovativo, basato sulla analisi dei contenuti, per indagare se i partecipanti ad eventi formativi online riescono ad autoregolare il proprio processo di apprendimento. Vengono presentati gli indicatori elaborati a questo scopo e i principali risultati ottenuti applicando il metodo in uno studio esplorativo.
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La difusión de la innovación en el colegio se podría ayudar a través del intercambio de materiales y reflexiones educativas, que lleven a los profesores a aprender los unos de las experiencias de los otros. Esta fue la principal meta de Efelcren, un proyecto Comenius 2.1 el cual perseguía estimular la creación y recolección de materiales ingeniosos...
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Learning Objects (LOs) are increasingly considered potentially helpful to improve teachers’ work and to spread innovation in the school system. Their technological roots, however, often make them scarcely appealing to the teachers. A key issue to tackle in order to boost their diffusion is to make them closer to actual teacher’s work by emphasising...
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This paper concerns the design and realization of an innovative learning activity in a bilingual multimedia lab in junior high school. The activity was shaped according to task-based learning, which consists in actively involving students in group work on meaningful tasks. The overall task assigned was the realization of a web site containing lingu...
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Un panorama italiano della ricerca sul rapporto tra autoregolazione dell'apprendimento e ICT
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Narrative is recognized as a valid support for learning because it helps make sense of experience, organize knowledge and increase motivation. Narrative learning environments (NLEs) aim to exploit its educational potential by engaging the learner in technology-mediated activity where stories related to the learning task play a central role. This ch...
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Partend dalla riflessione che la continua evoluzione della tecnologia ci costringe a prendere in considerazione sempre nuove possibilità e nuovi problemi, l'autrice discute poi come ridefinire, nel contesto presente, finalità, ideali e regole di condotta per favorire un uso della tecnologia nella scuola che sia veramente significativo dal punto di...
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Learning Objects (LOs) are increasingly considered potentially helpful to improve teachers’ work and to spread innovation in the school system. Their technological roots, however, often make them scarcely appealing to the teachers. A key issue to tackle in order to boost their diffusion is to make them closer to actual teacher’s work by emphasising...
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Narrative is recognized as a valid support for learning because it helps make sense of experience, organize knowledge and increase motivation. Narrative learning environments (NLEs) aim to exploit its educational potential by engaging the learner in technology-mediated activity where stories related to the learning task play a central role. This ch...
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This book is about empowering teachers to cope with the educational reform agenda.
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Looking back to the USA history from the XVII century to present, the book highlights how the development of American education was strongly influenced by religious, social, economic and political factors, and only in more limited measure by philosophical factors not related to the above. The historical narration leads the reader to understand the...
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This paper investigates self-regulated learning (SRL) in a virtual learning community of adults interacting through asynchronous textual communication. The investigation method chosen is interaction analysis, a qualitative/quantitative approach allowing a systematic study of the contents of the messages exchanged within online communities. The resu...
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Aim of this paper is to analyse whether Interaction Analysis can help investigate the practice and development of Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) in Virtual Learning Communities (VLC). Interaction analysis is increasingly used to study learning dynamics within online activities. It proceeds by searching expressions that reveal the aspects under study...
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This book is based on the outcomes of a workshop organized in the context of a big USA project on the challenge of technology innovation. It includes 9 chapters by a total of 14 different authors. It aims to discuss what teachers need to know, believe and be able to do to teach for Meaningful Learning using Technology (MLT), as well as what school...
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Despite their young age, children who enter primary school already have a number of different experiences, with consequent different behaviours, attitudes towards school and levels of self-esteem. They have, moreover, different interests, strengths and weaknesses. How can teachers possibly cope with such a complex situation, matching learning to th...

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