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Educational technology: some useful links

The main papers that relate Empirical Modelling to educational themes are:  
  1. Definitions for the specification of educational software (1988)
  2. Empirical Modelling for Educational Technology (1997)
  3. Empirical Modelling principles to support learning in a cultural context (2002)
  4. Using Empirical Modelling to simulate robotics in Kids Club (2002)
  5. A computer-based environment for the study of relational query languages (2003)
  6. Computer support for constructionism in context (2004)
  7. Empirical Modelling in support of constructionist learning: a case study from relational database theory (2005)
  8. Varieties of concretisation: an illustrative case-study (2005)
  9. Enriching computer support for constructionism (2006)
  10. Rethinking life-long learning: the Empirical Modelling approach (2006)
  11. Learning about and through Empirical Modelling (2006)
  12. Towards technology for learning in a developing world (2006)
  13. Computing technology for learning - in need of a radical new conception (2007)
  14. Lifelong learning, Empirical Modelling and the promises of constructivism (2007)
  15. Dependency by definition in Imagine-d Logo: applications and implications (2007)
  16. Contextualising information and communications technology in developing countries (2008)
  17. Web Eden and Moodle: an Empirical Modelling approach to web-based education (2009)

(Papers 14 and 9 are revised and extended versions of papers 10 and 6 respectively.)

One of the main contributors to the above research has been Chris Roe, whose doctoral thesis is entitled: Computers for learning: an Empirical Modelling perspective (2003)

Another major contributor has been Antony Harfield, whose doctoral thesis is entitled: Empirical Modelling as a new paradigm for educational technology (2008)

A helpful background reference on Empirical Modelling is the MSc thesis by Karl King: Uncovering Empirical Modelling (2007)

Projects with significant relevance to education, some of which are referred to in the above papers, include:


Other examples of student papers and mini-projects relating to education can be found in the WEB-EM directories. They include

  • WEB-EM-01:
    • Greedy Algorithms and the Making Change problem
    • EM for learning to understand numbers in non-decimal bases
  • WEB-EM-02:
    • Teaching about water supply
    • An Empirical Modelling Approach to Educational Technology in Learning about Business