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Uneven Achievement in a Constructionist Learning Environment

TitleUneven Achievement in a Constructionist Learning Environment
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsElliott, J., A. Bruckman, E. Edwards, and C. Jensen
Conference NameProceedings of the International Conference on the Learning Sciences
Date Published06/2
Conference LocationAnn Arbor, MI

MOOSE Crossing is a text-based virtual reality environment (or "MUD") designed to be a constructionist learning environment for children ages 8 to 12. We performed a portfolio-style assessment of children's programming accomplishments in this environment. Analysis of the data reveals uneven levels of achievement-some children accomplish a great deal but the majority learn little. We believe this to be a typical problem in self-motivated learning environments. We conclude by describing a new "merit badge" system we are currently implementing to help alleviate unevenness in children's achievement.


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