Academic journal article Informatica Economica

Concepts Map Approach in E-Classroom

Academic journal article Informatica Economica

Concepts Map Approach in E-Classroom

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This article is designed as an educational research study focused on e-Classroom as a medium of instruction based on assisted didactics design and teacher assisted learning in order to develop interactive applications, integrating concepts map approach. In this context, the paper proposes a specific conceptual framework applied in a theoretical model, as a base of an analytical framework used in a case study. Such a paradigm defines the classwork as the basic activity of the student which connects the fieldwork and the deskwork, and finally, it develops the basic and specific competencies of the individual according with the educational objectives.

Keywords: Assisted Didactics Design, Classwork, Threshold Concepts, Troublesome Knowledge, Teacher Assisted Learning

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1 Introduction

Education could be considered the engine of our society because of the main responsibility of this domain regarding knowledge conversion. E-Education reconsiders the whole society and focuses on how to transfer the knowledge, and more important, how to develop the content for a continuum update policy. Such an approach explains e-Education as an information system based on assisted didactics design; in this context, computer assisted instruction could represent an educational application of the information system, and assisted instruction is developed as a social application of the whole environment. A functional difference between Education and e-Education could be highlighted by the statements "lifelong learning" and "lifelong learners". E-Education introduces a new vision between academic disciplines; multidisciplinary approach is by default, the first type, as it was implemented on the first version of the e-learning software platforms. Next step on this way it could be interdisciplinary approach, which engages two or more disciplines in order to create and apply new knowledge, as soon as they work together. E-Education promotes a new vision too, about the learners, because, by default, computer assisted instruction implements individualized learning. The second level of this direction is to develop interactive applications designed for personalized learning.

Technological infrastructure is a dynamic system which generates new borders for knowledge domain, for the whole society, revealing the e-society; e-education, the engine of the e-society, implies more complex activities, and, in this context, a key activity is represented by the scientific research in e-education, correlated with a new functionality designed to turn the theory into practice. As soon as knowledge developed by scientific research in e-Education is recorded in technology, from a social perspective, the difficulties lies precisely to teach the knowledge workers in order to understand and apply available technology, and as a key of this demand, to train the trainers in a dynamic technological infrastructure [15]. As a result of this paradigm, the traditional Classroom, existing in education, could be completed and developed as an e-Class, supported by elearning, or as an e-Classroom, mediated by teacher assisted learning, see Fig. 1.

This overview of the main features of the e-education determines twofold purposes of the further analyze: enhancing a concepts map approach in the educational research and reviewing the assisted instruction discipline as an appropriate human activity in information systems for an educational purpose.

2 Conceptual Framework

Concepts are always on the front-burner of the theoretical scientific research within terminology, as long as they belong to the scientific field of the research disciplines. Terminology focuses on specialized or specific subject areas within which it studies knowledge (units [e.g. concepts], structure, representation, evolution, acquisition, use, etc.) in its relation to expression. The study of concepts is well-developed within terminology because terminology approaches knowledge from the standpoint of conceptual logic, as opposite to propositional logic. …

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