| Framework for understanding courseware, proposed by J.T Mayes and C.J.H Fowler. According to the conceptualization theory, learning happens in a three stage cycle, involving conceptualization, construction and dialogue. Each stage of the cycle should be supported by courseware which corresponds to primary, secondary and tertiary courseware.
Fowler and Mayes later extended the notion of dialogue to include conversations for clarification and confirmation at the conceptualization stage and conversations for co-operation and collaboration at the construction stage.
The conceptualization theory is based on constructivism, which lays emphasis on learning through the performance of tasks. This is in contrast to the instructivism, where the emphasis is on the delivery of an explanation.The theory makes the following assumptions about learning:
|Designing Courseware using the Conceptualization Theory|
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