Title

GeogDL: A Web-based Approach to Geography Examination

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2005

Abstract

The traditional educational approach with students as passive recipients has been the subject of criticism. A constructivist learner-centered approach towards education has been argued to produce greater internalization and application of knowledge compared to the traditional teacher-centered, transmission-oriented approach. Nevertheless, contemporary instructional design models argue for the use and integration of both approaches especially in complex learning tasks. This paper describes GeogDL, a Web-based application developed above a digital library of geographical resources for Singapore students preparing to take a national examination in geography. GeogDL is unique in that it not only provides an environment for active learning, it also adopts a pragmatic approach to learning that recognizes the importance of examinations especially in the Singapore education system. The paper discusses the components within the system that permit teachers to facilitate active student learning, to draw interconnections, and to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. GeogDL was pilot-tested on a group of secondary school students in Singapore and the results suggested the viability of the system and also provided direction for future development.

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Geography | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

Computers and Education

Volume

45

Issue

1

First Page

57

Last Page

73

ISSN

0360-1315

Identifier

10.1016/j.compedu.2004.04.011

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2004.04.011