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Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David; Pollack, Sarah – Cognition and Instruction, 2015
Successful collaborative learning is often conceptualized in terms of convergence, a process through which participants' shared understanding increases. This conceptualization does not capture certain successful collaborative learning processes, especially in the humanities, where multiple perspectives are often celebrated. Such is the context of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Cooperative Learning, Conflict, High School Students
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Barzilai, Sarit; Zohar, Anat – Cognition and Instruction, 2012
This study examines epistemic thinking in action in order to shed light on the relation between students' personal epistemologies and their online learning practices. The study is based on observations of the learning behaviors of 6th-grade students (n = 38) during two online inquiry tasks. Data were collected through think-aloud protocols and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Protocol Analysis, Online Courses, Learning Strategies
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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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Shachar, Hanna; Sharan, Shlomo – Cognition and Instruction, 1994
Explores students' verbal interaction in small multiethnic groups after the students had participated for several months in classes conducted with either the Group Investigation Method or the traditional whole-class method. Found that the two instructional methods affected students very differently and that, additionally, these different effects…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Cooperative Learning