Stimulating Learners’ Motivation in Primary Education in Sri Lanka – A Literature Review
Keywords:Technology in Learning, Primary Education in developing countries, Game based learning for children, Tablet devices in education, Learning Management System for children
Information and Communication Technology has become a vital part in the nontraditional teaching and learning environment in primary education. There is an abundance of research work that describes success stories of the practical application of information technology in primary education. Even though it is easier to motivate these young learners in the developed world to use computers, it is an arduous task in developing countries like Sri Lanka due to reasons such as the applications not in being in the local context which in turn has demotivated learning facilitators to make use of computing aids in teaching programs. This paper highlights some of the issues that the primary students of developing countries are facing, the current educational systems and the role of technology and the game based learning paradigm in primary education. It also discusses the use of computer games in teaching and learning with an analysis of different types of games such as simulations, serious games and edutainment systems. Furthermore the paper discusses the technological aspect of learning and the opportunities that arise with the introduction of tablet computing devices. Finally the paper discusses the possibility of an ICT enabled Learning Environment in primary education which supports a pedagogy focused on tablet based games and managed through a Learning Management System.
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