- Représentations des Élèves sur les Nouvelles Technologies
Appliquées à la Transmission Informatique et les Outils
school children think of learning technologies
REPRESENTATION aims to develop a cartography of primary school pupils'
representations about new technologies. The goal is to map pupils' representations
in terms of cognitive and socio-cultural factors.
The project is based on a three-axis assumption embedded both in theory
and practice. The tools and applications of recent technological development
require investigation in terms of representations, as these give rise
to impressions that are becoming integrated into our teaching and learning
practices. Teaching for or with new technologies requires a different
conceptual framework of learning processes and teaching practices, both
in terms of acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Finally, learning and
cost effectiveness in the process of learning material development is
achieved when these are developed with methods and tools appropriate to
the media, taking into account the new modes of representation and transmission.
The project objectives address the issue of representation through a bottom-up
approach, namely through case studies. The project calls for a multi-level
investigation of students' representations with feedback and quality control
assurance mechanisms built into its design. Representation of new technologies
and representation of new technology capabilities and the learners' perceptions
being formulated will be studied with the utilisation of tools to be developed
and integrated in the project. These tools include exploratory and open
software and multimedia-based applications available on the WWW.
The project workplan calls for an in-depth review of the state-of-the-art,
the design of the research methodology, the formation of a teacher's network
and the corresponding training, tools development and installation, collection
and analysis of evidence, pedagogic audit and dissemination and exploitation
actions. The project's outputs will facilitate the conception, design,
development and production of educational multimedia and will be instrumental
in enhancing the concept of telematics and multimedia-based learning.
observatory on educational multimedia
The specific set of tools to be utilised in conjunction with pedagogical
practices, learning arrangements, classroom observation, etc., is also
under investigation. The project will bring to the fore the representative
structures and their evolution in pupils as they learn with the assistance
of telematics and multimedia. Research is to be conducted into diverse
learning and cultural environments throughout Europe. Existing school
networks constitute the project's research sites and validation sites
will be identified based on them. The validation of tools and methods
is to take place in over 100 European schools. In parallel, the project
aims at the establishment of a teacher oriented observatory on educational
The nature of the composition of the consortium is cross-sectoral in that
represented are research/academic institutions, multimedia developers
and management of school networks. The partnership consists of ten institutions
from eight Member States.