Title

Educational Software Evaluation Research: Balancing Internal, External, and Ecological Validity

ISBN or ISSN

0743-3808

Volume

25

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

6-1993

First Page

228

Last Page

232

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

DOI Number

10.3758/BF03204502

Abstract

The difficulties inherent in the evaluation of educational software are described in terms of the tradeoffs between internal, external, and ecological validity. Larger issues in evaluation research design and computer-based instruction are highlighted by primary and metaanalytic studies designed to reveal the effects of computer simulations in psychology classrooms and laboratories. The effectiveness of classroom and laboratory computer activities depends on how the inclusion of software, as well as the evaluation process itself, changes the entire instructional process.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Educational Software, Internal, External, Ecological, Metaanalytic Studies, Computer Simulations, Psychology Classrooms, Laboratories

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