The online homework help service Allô prof invites students from the 5e year of primary to 5e secondary school to answer a questionnaire aimed at evaluating the impact of the tools it offers as well as to better understand the needs of its young users.
This study is being carried out by the Center for Research on Educational and Socioeducational Intervention (CRIÉSÉ), affiliated with the University of Sherbrooke. Students who will respond to online survey by April 30 there will be a chance to win an iPad electronic tablet.
This study follows a first that was carried out by a research group under the direction of Carole Raby, professor-researcher in the didactics department of UQÀM. "This study evaluated the perception of competence, autonomy and motivation of 2nd and 3rd cycle elementary students who participated in a homework assistance project linked to Allô prof in their daycare", explains Marc- Antoine Tanguay, communications director at Allô prof.
It was therefore in the fall of 2011 that professor-researcher François Larose, from the Faculty of Education of the University of Sherbrooke, approached the organization for the project currently underway. It aims both to determine the profile of users of Allô prof online services and to measure the impact they have on their educational progress. “We obviously accepted his offer, Mr. Larose having led a number of studies on technological tools and learning, not to mention that the proposed study subject corresponded exactly to what we wanted to evaluate,” confirms Mr. Tanguay.
He adds: “Why do we want to know better the users who use our online tools and what exactly they are looking for? This information will be both invaluable for Allô prof, whose mission of educational assistance involves the finest possible knowledge of young people likely to be helped by its services, in particular students at risk of dropping out of school, but also for the student. world of education in general since they will describe, as has never been done before, how young people invest technological spaces in order to support their learning. "
The project of this organization, unique in the world according to Mr. Tanguay, should allow us to gain a better understanding of young Quebec learners as well as the links they make between their educational objectives and the technological means at their disposal.
In an interview, Marc-Antoine Tanguay expressed the wish to see the study extend over at least 4 years and that it include the follow-up of cohorts of students from year to year. "This would allow us to determine how the use of online services Allô prof has been able to influence factors of school perseverance such as autonomy, the feeling of competence and the intrinsic motivation of the pupils", he concludes.
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