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Wu, Sally P. W.; Rau, Martina A. – Educational Psychology Review, 2019
Recent research suggests that drawing activities can help students learn concepts in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In particular, drawing activities, which mimic the practices of STEM professionals, can help students engage with visual-spatial content. However, prior work has also shown that students…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, STEM Education, Learning Processes, College Students
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Fryer, Luke K. – Educational Psychology Review, 2017
Many of our current higher education (HE) learning strategy models intersect at important points. At the same time, these theories also often demonstrate important unique perspectives on student learning within HE. Currently, research with one learning strategy model rarely leads to developments in others, as each group of researchers works in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Models, Educational Theories
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Asikainen, Henna; Gijbels, David – Educational Psychology Review, 2017
The focus of the present paper is on the contribution of the research in the student approaches to learning tradition. Several studies in this field have started from the assumption that students' approaches to learning develop towards more deep approaches to learning in higher education. This paper reports on a systematic review of longitudinal…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Student Development
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Zusho, Akane – Educational Psychology Review, 2017
In the last special issue devoted to this topic, Pintrich ("Educ Psychol Rev" 16:385-407, 2004) provided an in-depth critique of his conceptual framework on self-regulated learning (SRL), comparing and contrasting it to Biggs' student approaches to learning (SAL) perspective. Since then, there have been a number of advances in the study…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Learner Engagement, Criticism
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Richardson, John T. E. – Educational Psychology Review, 2017
This commentary begins by summarizing the five contributions to this special issue and briefly recapping the background to the topic of student learning in higher education. Narrative and systematic reviews are compared, and the relative value of different bibliographic databases in the context of systematic reviews is assessed. The importance of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Learning, College Students, Comparative Analysis
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Vermunt, Jan D.; Donche, Vincent – Educational Psychology Review, 2017
The aim of this article is to review the state of the art of research and theory development on student learning patterns in higher education and beyond. First, the learning patterns perspective and the theoretical framework are introduced. Second, research published since 2004 on student learning patterns is systematically identified and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Higher Education, Learning Processes
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Wieman, Carl; Welsh, Ashley – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
We collected data at a large, very selective public university on what math and science instructors felt was the biggest barrier to their students' learning. We also determined the extent of each instructor's use of research-based effective teaching methods. Instructors using fewer effective methods were more likely to say the greatest barrier to…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Rawson, Katherine A.; Dunlosky, John – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
Declarative concepts (i.e., key terms and corresponding definitions for abstract concepts) represent foundational knowledge that students learn in many content domains. Thus, investigating techniques to enhance concept learning is of critical importance. Various theoretical accounts support the expectation that example generation will serve this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Concept Formation, Experiments, Learning Processes
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Tze, Virginia M. C.; Daniels, Lia M.; Klassen, Robert M. – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
The experience of academic boredom among students may be universal; in fact, almost all students complain at least occasionally about being bored in class or while studying. Despite the perceived negative influence of boredom on learning, there has been no synthesis of empirical findings underscoring how boredom relates to academic outcomes.…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Interests, Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement
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Carpenter, Shana K.; Lund, Terry J. S.; Coffman, Clark R.; Armstrong, Patrick I.; Lamm, Monica H.; Reason, Robert D. – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
Retrieval practice has been shown to produce powerful learning gains in laboratory experiments but has seldom been explored in classrooms as a means of enhancing students' learning of their course-relevant material. Furthermore, research is lacking concerning the role of individual differences in learning from retrieval. The current study explored…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Biology, Academic Achievement
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Hopkins, Robin F.; Lyle, Keith B.; Hieb, Jeff L.; Ralston, Patricia A. S. – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
A major challenge college students face is retaining the knowledge they acquire in their classes, especially in cumulative disciplines such as engineering, where ultimate success depends on long-term retention of foundational content. Cognitive psychologists have recently recommended various techniques educators might use to increase retention.…
Descriptors: College Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Short Term Memory
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Clark, Daniel A.; Svinicki, Marilla – Educational Psychology Review, 2015
Although active retrieval is an extremely effective study method, students continue to use less effective methods (Karpicke, "Journal of Experimental Psychology General," 138(4), 469-486, 2009; Hartwig and Dunlosky, "Psychonomic Bulletin & Review," 19(1), 126-134, 2012). There are likely many underlying reasons for using…
Descriptors: Study, Undergraduate Students, Memory, Psychological Patterns
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Reed, Deborah K. – Educational Psychology Review, 2015
Most evaluations of the effectiveness of correctional education use the distal outcomes of recidivism and post-release employment as the dependent variables (e.g., Aos et al., 2006; Davis et al., 2013). This synthesis sought to determine the effectiveness of correctional education at improving proximal academic outcomes among incarcerated adult…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Program Effectiveness
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Byrnes, James P.; Dunbar, Kevin N. – Educational Psychology Review, 2014
In this article, we attempt to provide an overview of the features of the abilities, aptitudes, and frames of minds that are attributed to critical thinking and provide the broad outlines of the development of critical-analytic thinking (CAT) abilities. In addition, we evaluate the potential viability of three main hypotheses regarding the reasons…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development
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Jensen, Jamie L.; McDaniel, Mark A.; Woodard, Steven M.; Kummer, Tyler A. – Educational Psychology Review, 2014
In order to test the effect of exam-question level on fostering student conceptual understanding, low-level and high-level quizzes and exams were administered in two sections of an introductory biology course. Each section was taught in a high-level inquiry based style but was assigned either low-level questions (memory oriented) on the quizzes…
Descriptors: Test Coaching, Concept Formation, Thinking Skills, Introductory Courses
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