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Empirical Representations in Multimedia Materials: An Issue of Literacy

Empirical Representations in Multimedia Materials: An Issue of Literacy
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Author(s): Paul Kawachi (Kurume Shin-Ai Women’s College, Japan)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 18
Source title: Multimedia Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mahbubur Rahman Syed (Minnesota State University Mankato, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-953-3.ch080

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Abstract

A multimedia construct for learning based on the Theory of Transactional Distance has been developed consisting of four stages of decreasing transactional distance. This model has been applied in various teaching and learning contexts, on- and off-line, and its validation was investigated. Results confirmed in practice the four distinct sequential stages. Difficulties were discovered in navigating through the collaborative second and third stages, consistent with findings from related studies on acquiring critical thinking skills. Specific areas for attention were identified to promote learning using multimedia.

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