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Smirnov, Natalia; Saiyed, Gulnaz; Easterday, Matthew W.; Lam, Wan Shun Eva – Cognition and Instruction, 2018
Journalism can serve as a generative disciplinary context for developing civic and information literacies needed to meaningfully participate in an increasingly networked and mediated public sphere. Using interviews with journalists, we developed a cognitive task analysis model, identifying an iterative sequence of production and domain-specific…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Task Analysis, Journalism Education, Journalism
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Rau, Martina A.; Wu, Sally P. W. – Cognition and Instruction, 2018
Connection-making among multiple representations is a crucial but difficult competence in STEM learning. Prior research has focused on one type of learning process involved in connection-making: sense-making processes leading to conceptual understanding of connections. Yet, other research suggests that a second type of learning process is…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Visual Perception, Control Groups
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Liu, Chunhua; Carraher, David W.; Schliemann, Analúcia D.; Wagoner, Paul – Cognition and Instruction, 2017
In a 1-hour teaching interview, 20 children (aged 7 to 11) discovered how to tell whether objects might be made of the same material by using ratios of measures of weight and size. We examine progress in the children's reasoning about measurement and proportional relations, as well as design features of instruments, materials, and tasks crafted to…
Descriptors: Children, Preadolescents, Measurement, Cognitive Development
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González, Gloriana; DeJarnette, Anna F. – Cognition and Instruction, 2015
Group work has been a main activity recommended by mathematics education reform. We aim at describing the patterns of interaction between teachers and students during group work. We ask: How do teachers scaffold group work during a problem-based lesson? We use data from a problem-based lesson taught in six geometry class periods by two teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Groups, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Geometry
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Freedman, Eric B. – Cognition and Instruction, 2015
Scholars often define historical reasoning as constructing defensible interpretations of past events. Drawing on critical theory, this article suggests that it also entails consciously framing one's topic of inquiry. The article examines an instructional unit that aimed to foster this expanded view of historiography. Forty students, ages 14-15,…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, War
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Tsang, Jessica M.; Blair, Kristen P.; Bofferding, Laura; Schwartz, Daniel L. – Cognition and Instruction, 2015
How can children's natural perceptuo-motor skills be harnessed for teaching and learning mathematical structure? We address this question in the case of the integers. Existing research suggests that adult mental representations of integers recruit perceptuo-motor functionalities involving symmetry. Building on these findings, we designed a…
Descriptors: Neurological Organization, Mathematics Instruction, Numbers, Grade 4