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Investigating web 2.0 tools use and students cognitive engagement in selected Tanzanian higher institutions: preparing towards 21st learning

Malecela, Issa Omar and Syed Hassan, Sharifah Sariah (2019) Investigating web 2.0 tools use and students cognitive engagement in selected Tanzanian higher institutions: preparing towards 21st learning. International Journal of Advanced Engineering Research and Science (IJAERS), 6 (1). pp. 173-183. ISSN 2349-6495 E-ISSN 2456-1908

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Abstract

With the availability and affordability of computers and communication technology devices worldwide, teaching no longer centers around teachers. Students become autonomous learners, taking the ownership of learning where they no longer rely fully on teachers as the learning resources. This paves innovative intervention towards engaging the learners cognitively using Web 2.0 tools. Web 2.0 tools offer learners to engage in higher order thinking skills involving not just to understand and apply but also to analyze, evaluate and create through two-way communications and collaborations. Due to the pedagogical potentials of Web 2.0 tools, this study attempts to investigate how the students involve Web 2.0 tools in supporting classroom learning. This study employed a questionnaire survey among students at a Higher Learning Institution involving 100 samples. This is a preliminary study prior to the final study involving bigger populations from different universities. Interviews were also carried out among three students to gain in-depth understanding of learning that enables the researcher to derive a conceptual model. The related main ideas from each interviewee were gathered to get commonality of themes. And finally, main themes were generated. A systematic data analysis was done based on developing themes in an inductive way as directed by the content of data. The findings reveal that the majority of students use Web 2.0 tools for finding resources, communication and for both low and higher order thinking skills. Further findings show that Academic readiness contributed significantly on students cognitive engagement while Use of Web 2.0 tools did not contribute significantly. Implications of the study address the theoretical and practical aspects.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6037/70963
Uncontrolled Keywords: Web 2.0, cognitive engagement, 21st Century, higher learning institutions.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA29 Theory and method of social science statistics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Depositing User: Sharifah Sariah Syed Hassan
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 15:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/70963

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