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Montanero, Manuel; Lucero, Manuel – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
In this paper we aim to describe how secondary school teachers explain multicausal historical events. To that end, we recorded and analyzed seven classes on "The discovery and colonization of America". The results show that secondary school teachers do not simply deal with history as a catalog of actions, characters and dates. On the contrary,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, History Instruction, Recall (Psychology), Memory
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Virtanen, Viivi; Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
In this study we compare university teachers' and first-year students' conceptions of teaching and learning at the Faculty of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The conceptions were analysed using data from open-ended questionnaires. The results showed that at the beginning of studies the gap between teachers' and students' conceptions of…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Learning Processes, Sciences, Science Education
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Kim, Hyeonjin; Hannafin, Michael J. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
Recent work in case-based reasoning (CBR) reinforces the importance of situated learning, expert cases, and authentic tasks and activities for novice learners. As novices engage CBR environments, they apprentice in the experts' practices while developing the understanding, knowledge and skill of a given community. This study examined how…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Case Studies, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers
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Saroyan, Alenoush; Dagenais, Joyce; Zhou, Yanfei – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
The paper introduces a framework concerning conceptions of teaching and learning of advanced graduate students and the trajectory of change in their conceptions following a formal course on course design and teaching. Students were enrolled in six sections of this graduate course, two offered in a 6-week format and 4 in a 13-week format. The…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teacher Effectiveness, Higher Education, Graduate Study