A Taxonomy as a Vehicle for Learning
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Original versionBrodahl, C., & Smestad, B. (2009). A Taxonomy as a Vehicle for Learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects, 5, 111-127.
In this article, we describe the development of a classification system providing a framework for analysis of, and communication about, a subgroup of learning objects. The objects we consider are highly visual, animated, interactive, and mathematics-related, and we call them VaniMaps. Secondly, we discuss the use of the system. In the first phase, the development was based on literature studies and discussions on examples of VaniMaps. In the second phase, the classification system was tested by students and their responses were analyzed to identify possible improvements. Now, the system is developed further based on experience gained while using it for different purposes. We see several possible uses of the classification system, or selected parts of it: (a) to facilitate communication between the orderer and the developer, (b) to initiate discussions on VaniMaps in teacher education, (c) to analyze and choose between VaniMaps for teaching and learning activities, and (d) to establish a database for VaniMaps labeled using classification statements. We will discuss all these uses and especially emphasize the use in teacher education, illustrated with a case study. Keywords: classification, discussion, evaluation, learning object, mathematics, mathematics education,statements, taxonomy, teacher education, VaniMaps.