Preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments among high school students in Taiwan

Shih Chyueh Chuang, Chin Chung Tsai*

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This paper explored students' preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments. A Constructivist Internet-based Learning Environment Survey (CILES) was developed. The CILES consisted of six scales, including student negotiation, inquiry learning, reflective thinking, relevance, ease of use and challenge. Questionnaire responses gathered from more than 700 high school students in Taiwan suggested that the survey showed adequate reliability in assessing students' preferences. Students showed stronger preferences for the learning environments, which were easy to use or navigate and integrate complex real-life problems with relevant knowledge in a meaningful way. In addition, males and females shared similar preferences toward the Internet-based learning environments. Students having moderate Internet experiences seemed to be more critical to the preferences of the Internet-based learning environments, in which they may have demanded authentic and facilitated Internet-based learning environments, while their inquiry and reflective thinking should be promoted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-272
Number of pages18
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Constructivist
  • Internet
  • Learning environment
  • Questionnaire
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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