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Firetto, Carla M.; Murphy, P. Karen; Greene, Jeffrey A.; Li, Mengyi; Wei, Liwei; Montalbano, Cristin; Hendrick, Brendan; Croninger, Rachel M. V. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Effective interventions are needed to bolster students' argumentation capacities, an area in which they consistently struggle. Quality Talk (QT) is an approach to small-group classroom discussion shown to support students' oral argumentation with preliminary evidence that it may also bolster students' written argumentation. Teachers often must…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Skill Development, Small Group Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Rau, Martina A.; Aleven, Vincent; Rummel, Nikol – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Prior research shows that representational competencies that enable students to use graphical representations to reason and solve tasks is key to learning in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics domains. We focus on two types of representational competencies: (1) "sense making" of connections by verbally explaining how…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Stewart, Olivia G.; Jordan, Michelle E. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Recent scholarship highlights the wealth of varied and interconnected opportunities for learning science that informal environments can provide; yet, participants with different experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds do not all learn in the same ways. Thus, studies are needed that examine how particular participants take up learning opportunities…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Environment, Science Education, STEM Education
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Schünemann, Nina; Spörer, Nadine; Völlinger, Vanessa A.; Brunstein, Joachim C. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
The goal of this research was to highlight the role social regulatory processes play in making students' teamwork in reciprocal teaching (RT) groups (a classroom activity in which students take the teacher's role in small group reading sessions) effective. In addition to teamwork quality, we expected peer feedback to be a key factor in enhancing…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Student Role, Peer Teaching
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Zoupidis, Anastasios; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios; Spyrtou, Anna; Kariotoglou, Petros – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
The aim of the present study was twofold. First, we aimed to replicate the findings of previous studies which had showed a substantial improvement on procedural and epistemological knowledge after direct instruction and their maintenance in time. Second, we aimed to examine the dynamic relationships of the procedural (control of variables…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Grade 5, Questionnaires, Path Analysis