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Shreiner, Tamara L. – Cognition and Instruction, 2014
People often justify history's place in the curriculum by its relationship to citizenship, yet there is little research to help educators picture how people use historical knowledge for civic purposes. This expert-novice study used the think-aloud method to examine how eight political scientists and eight high school students employed…
Descriptors: History, Political Issues, Protocol Analysis, Expertise
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Cho, Byeong-Young – Cognition and Instruction, 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the type, pattern, and complexity of Internet reading strategies used by seven accomplished high school readers. Individual participants performed an academic Internet reading task with the goal of developing critical questions about their chosen controversial topic. Strategies for Internet reading were…
Descriptors: Internet, Reading Strategies, High School Students, Reading Assignments
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Goldberg, Tsafrir; Schwarz, Baruch B.; Porat, Dan – Cognition and Instruction, 2011
A group of 64 Israeli twelfth-grade students of two different ethnic backgrounds participated in an experiment exploring the effects of argumentative design and social identity on the learning of a charged, ethnicity-related historical controversy. Students were divided into two learning conditions: an argumentative-disciplinary condition and a…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Textbooks, Essays, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Douglas B. – Cognition and Instruction, 2006
This research analyzes students' conceptual change across a semester in an 8th-grade thermodynamics curriculum. Fifty students were interviewed 5 times during their 8th-grade semester and then again preceding their 10th- and 12th-grade years to follow their subsequent progress. The interview questions probed students' understanding of…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Interviews