Hypercard as a Psychological Research Tool — Experimental Studies

  • Agnès Blaye
  • Patrick Chambres
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 92)


As one of the most widely available hypermedia tool kits — at least in Europe — HyperCard is becoming the prototypical environment for hypermedia courseware and hence for research in education and learning. Our aim is not to debate whether it is a proper prototype or not (for detailed analyses, see for example Jonassen, De Oliveira, this book). The issue to be discussed here deals with the relevance and effectiveness of HyperCard as a psychological research tool. Our research field is concerned with peer facilitation effects in children’s individual learning. We will very briefly overview the recent trends of research in this area in order to raise some insufficiently explored issues and see how computer-based learning situations and more specifically HyperCard can help to address them. These considerations will then be illustrated by brief reports of three exploratory experiments. The discussion will finally offer some suggestions for further research in the field of Hypermedia and learning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agnès Blaye
    • 1
  • Patrick Chambres
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale de la CognitionUniversité Clermont IIFrance

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