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Bures, Eva Mary; Barclay, Alexandra; Abrami, Philip C.; Meyer, Elizabeth J. – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2013
This study explores electronic portfolios and their potential to assess student literacy and selfregulated learning in elementary-aged children. Assessment tools were developed and include a holistic rubric that assigns a mark from 1 to 5 to self-regulated learning (SRL) and a mark to literacy, and an analytical rubric measuring multiple…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Literacy
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Moss, Joan; Beatty, Ruth – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2010
Three classrooms of Grade 4 students from different schools and diverse backgrounds collaborated in early algebra research to solve a series of linear and quadratic generalizing problems. Results revealed that high- and low-achieving students were able to solve problems of recognized difficulty. We discuss Knowledge Building principles and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Grade 4, Mathematics Instruction
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Sun, Yanqing; Zhang, Jianwei; Scardamalia, Marlene – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2010
Online discourse from a class of 22 students (11 boys and 11 girls) was analysed to assess advances in conceptual understanding and literacy. The students worked over a two-year period (Grades 3-4), during which they contributed notes to an online Knowledge Building environment--Knowledge Forum[R]. Contributions revealed that both boys and girls…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Grade 3, Gender Differences
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Chuy, Maria; Scardamalia, Marlene; Bereiter, Carl; Prinsen, Fleur; Resendes, Monica; Messina, Richard; Hunsburger, Winifred; Teplovs, Chris; Chow, Angela – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2010
In 1993 Carey and Smith conjectured that the most promising way to boost students' understanding of the nature of science is a "theory-building approach to teaching about inquiry." The research reported here tested this conjecture by comparing results from two Grade 4 classrooms that differed in their emphasis on and technological…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Scientific Principles, Grade 4, Teaching Methods
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Gan, Yongcheng; Scardamalia, Marlene; Hong, Huang-Yao; Zhang, Jianwei – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2010
This study examined growth in graphical literacy for students contributing to an online, multimedia, communal environment as they advanced their understanding of biology, history and optics. Their science and history studies started early in Grade 3 and continued to the end of Grade 4; students did not receive instruction in graphics production,…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Biology, History, Optics
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Kitchenham, Andrew D. – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2009
This article outlines a recent study on school culture and technology adoption. Adapting Hargreaves' (2003) model of school cultures, research findings are presented on three schools involved in a study on teacher transformation using educational technology to explain how each school represents a separate school culture and school regime. Each…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Educational Research
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Lotherington, Heather; Ronda, Natalia Sinitskaya – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2009
This paper outlines a case study conducted in two public schools in the greater Toronto area as a complementary component of a multisite experimental study exploring educational game development as a learning activity for motivating and engaging students in curriculum-related literacy activities (Owston et al., 2007). Researchers studied children…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Sentence Structure, Geography, Grade 4
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Sclater, Jennifer; Sicoly, Fiore; Abrami, Philip C.; Wade, C. Anne – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2006
The current investigation was an exploration of the first year of a multi-year project designed to provide every Grade 3 to Grade 11 student throughout an English school board in Quebec with a laptop computer. Data were collected from 403 elementary and 270 secondary students from the experimental school board and also from 330 students in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Laptop Computers, Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education