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Eriksson, Kimmo; Helenius, Ola; Ryve, Andreas – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Can instructional quality be measured using TIMSS items on how often certain instructional practices are used in the mathematics classroom? We focused on three instructional practices that have been the topics of longstanding debates in the educational literature: memorizing formulas, listening to the teacher, and relating mathematics to daily…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Porsch, Torsten; Bromme, Rainer – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
The uneven distribution of knowledge within modern societies requires a reliance on sources (e.g., reference books, teachers, the Internet) in addition to own experience. Most scientific issues are far too complex to be understood in any depth by laypersons. Successful knowledge acquisition comprises the ability to vary the amount of sources used…
Descriptors: Reference Materials, Epistemology, Secondary School Students, Computer Literacy
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Molenaar, Inge; van Boxtel, Carla A. M.; Sleegers, Peter J. C. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study examined the effects of metacognitive scaffolds on learning outcomes of collaborating students in an innovative learning arrangement. The triads were supported by computerized scaffolds, which were dynamically integrated into the learning process and took a structuring or problematizing form. In an experimental design the two…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Research Design, Metacognition
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Schlag, Sabine; Ploetzner, Rolf – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Texts and pictures are often combined in order to improve learning. Many students, however, have difficulty to appropriately process text-picture combinations. We have thus conceptualized a learning strategy which supports learning from illustrated texts. By inducing the processes of information selection, organization, integration, and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learning Strategies, Effect Size, Grade 6
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Gillies, Robyn M.; Haynes, Michele – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
The present study builds on research that indicates that teachers play a key role in promoting those interactional behaviours that challenge children's thinking and scaffold their learning. It does this by seeking to determine whether teachers who implement cooperative learning and receive training in explicit strategic questioning strategies…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication
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Kim, Minchi C.; Hannafin, Michael J. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
In response to the calls to improve and deepen scientific understanding and literacy, considerable effort has been invested in developing sustainable technology-enhanced learning environments to improve science inquiry. Research has provided important guidance for scaffolding learning in mathematics and science. However, these reports have…
Descriptors: Evidence, Classroom Research, Grade 6, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Cheung, Wai Ming – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This research employed the Learning Study approach which refers to a blend of Japanese "lesson study" and design-based research to provide support to teachers to teach creatively in Chinese writing. It reports a serendipity finding that remarkable differences in the creativity scores among these classes were noted even though they had the same…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Creativity, Writing Instruction, Chinese
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Glenberg, Arthur M.; Goldberg, Andrew B.; Zhu, Xiaojin – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
An embodied approach to reading comprehension suggests that emerging readers must learn to map words and phrases onto their remembered experiences, but this is made difficult by the necessity of focusing attention on decoding. Having children manipulate toys to correspond to what they are reading overcomes this problem, but introduces its own…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Early Reading, Toys, Educational Technology
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Janssen, Jeroen; Erkens, Gijsbert; Kirschner, Paul A.; Kanselaar, Gellof – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
This research investigates the role of representational guidance by comparing the effects of two different representational tools. We used a design with two different groups defined by the type of argumentative diagram students co-constructed while working in a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment. The Graphical Debate-tool…
Descriptors: Visualization, Secondary Education, Cooperative Learning, Pretests Posttests
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Pang, Ming Fai – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
This paper reports on a study that employed a theory-based approach in the form of a learning study to enhance a domain-specific generic capability, financial literacy, of Grade 12 students to empower them to make informed and independent financial decisions. Financial literacy is seen in this study as a function of student understanding of a…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Economics, Money Management, Grade 12
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Kapur, Manu – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
This paper reports on a quasi-experimental study comparing a "productive failure" instructional design (Kapur in Cognition and Instruction 26(3):379-424, 2008) with a traditional "lecture and practice" instructional design for a 2-week curricular unit on rate and speed. Seventy-five, 7th-grade mathematics students from a…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Foreign Countries, Lecture Method, Problem Solving
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Chan, Joanne C. Y.; Lam, Shui-fong – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
Two studies examined the effects of four types of teachers' evaluative feedback on Chinese students' self-efficacy in English vocabulary acquisition. In Study 1, a random sample of Grade 8 students (N = 79) learned prefixes and received either formative or summative feedback after failure in test. The results showed that students who received…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Self Efficacy, Vocabulary, Grade 8
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Lee, Min-Hsien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
Research in the area of educational technology has claimed that Web technology has driven online pedagogy such that teachers need to know how to use Web technology to assist their teaching. This study provides a framework for understanding teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge-Web (TPCK-W), while integrating Web technology into…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology
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Scheiter, Katharina; Gerjets, Peter; Schuh, Julia – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
In this paper the augmentation of worked examples with animations for teaching problem-solving skills in mathematics is advocated as an effective instructional method. First, in a cognitive task analysis different knowledge prerequisites are identified for solving mathematical word problems. Second, it is argued that so called hybrid animations…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prerequisites, Task Analysis, Problem Solving
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Wetter, Olive Emil; Koerner, Fritz; Schwaninger, Adrian – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
In a retrospective study, we compared school performance of 53 children practicing music (group 1) with 67 controls not practicing music (group 2). Overall average marks as well as average marks of all school subjects except sports were significantly higher in children who do (group 1) than in those who do not practice music (group 2). In a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Music, Academic Achievement, Multiple Regression Analysis
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