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Decoding Devices: The Analysis of Mental Models in a Computer Classroom

image: decoding devices: the analysis of mental models in a computer classroom - Dr. Margaret LloydIt is arguably as important to consider your students’ qualitative perceptions of the technology they are employing as it is to take quantitative measures of their knowledge or content skills. This paper addresses one of the conceptual aspects of computer education in that it focusses on the mental models students have of computers expressed through both literal and figurative speech. Making sense of this speech has forced the need to develop decoding devices to reveal the models held by individuals and to discern patterns of change in those models over time. This paper will present some of the processes and factors involved in this decoding of data through semantic, semiotic and interpretative devices.

Lloyd, M.(1996).Decoding Devices: The Analysis of Mental Models in a Computer Classroom. Australian Educational Computing 11(2),19-23

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