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Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, v10 n3 p13-20 Jul 2011

This research aims to reveal the validation of 86-items in order to develop a scale for evaluating constructivist approach integrated online courses in higher education practices. The main aim of this research process is to reveal a scale to further evaluate whether the online education practices in higher education have the notions of constructivist approach with constructed sub categories based on factor analysis. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was employed for the purpose of data entry, manipulation, and analysis. Firstly, the extended literature review and theory were considered to develop items about the online education practices. Then, the item pool was constructed in relation to the gap within the literature as it is a need to generate a scale for evaluating the online courses in higher education practices. Furthermore, items were selected from the pool and statistical analysis was done, then categories were set as constructivist online learning process, peer learning and evaluation, collaborative learning outcome, developing skills and online course design based on the supervision of two experts in the field. The scale will serve to evaluate online courses which practice constructivist approach within their design and system. Factor analysis of the items showed how this scale is acceptable, valid and reliable and how this research is significant to fill the gap in the literature as it can be repeated in further studies. (Contains 5 tables.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Expertise, Constructivism (Learning), Factor Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Test Validity, Test Items, Test Construction, Course Evaluation, Instructional Design, College Students, College Instruction, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Scaling, Web Based Instruction, Electronic Learning, Online Courses

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Autor: Gazi, Zehra A.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1693&id=EJ944922

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