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Malkiewich, Laura J.; Chase, Catherine C. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Engaging in engineering tasks can help students learn science concepts. However, many engineering tasks lead students to focus more on the success of their construction than on learning science content, which can hurt students' ability to learn and transfer scientific principles from them. Two empirical studies investigate how content-focused…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Engineering Education, Scientific Concepts, Transfer of Training
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Liao, Yu-Hsiu; Kung, Wei-Chieh; Chen, Hsueh-Chih – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
This study investigated the effects of creative-map instructional strategies on learning performance, learning motivation, and creativity in a junior high school geography class. A quasi-experimental approach was used to assess the treatment effects among 79 ninth graders, utilizing qualitative data including students' feedback, and four…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Teaching Methods, Maps, Learning Motivation
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Levy, Sharona T.; Peleg, Ran; Ofeck, Eyal; Tabor, Naamit; Dubovi, Ilana; Bluestein, Shiri; Ben-Zur, Hadar – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
We propose and evaluate a framework supporting collaborative discovery learning of complex systems. The framework blends five design principles: (1) individual action: amidst (2) social interactions; challenged with (3) multiple tasks; set in (4) a constrained interactive learning environment that draws attention to (5) highlighted target…
Descriptors: Traffic Safety, Discovery Learning, Simulation, Simulated Environment
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Tan, Esther – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Collaborative learning involves the collaborative regulation of cognitive activities to establish common ground for the coordination of content. Drawing on research on cognitive scripts to embed collaboration in learning, this study examines the effect of the quality of the grounding and testing processes on the quality of the inquiry processes…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Discourse Analysis
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Wen, Cai-Ting; Chang, Chia-Jung; Chang, Ming-Hua; Fan Chiang, Shih-Hsun; Liu, Chen-Chung; Hwang, Fu-Kwun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This study investigated students' modeling progress and strategies in a problem-solving simulation game through content analysis, and through supervised and unsupervised lag sequential analysis (LSA). Multiple data sources, including self-report models and activity logs, were collected from 25 senior high school students. The results of the…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Simulation, Problem Solving, Models
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Tripto, Jaklin; Assaraf, Orit Ben Zvi; Amit, Miriam – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The goal of this study was to identify and understand the mental models developed by 67 high school biology students as they learn about the human body as a complex system. Using concept maps, it sought to find an external way of representing how students organize their ideas about the human body system in their minds. We conducted a qualitative…
Descriptors: High School Students, Biology, Human Body, Cognitive Structures
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Ma, Jasmine Y.; Hall, Rogers – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This article reports on a learning community that requires acting together in order to perform and to learn, an organization of shared activity across people and through time that we call ensemble learning. We present a descriptive analysis of ensemble learning in a high school marching band performance season, following how "The Show"…
Descriptors: Music Activities, Musicians, High School Students, Group Activities
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Tripto, Jaklin; Assaraf, Orit Ben; Snapir, Zohar; Amit, Miriam – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
This study follows two groups of students (67 in all) through the 3 years of their high school biology education and examines the development of their systems thinking--specifically their models of the human body as a system. Both groups were composed of biology majors, but the students in one group also participated in a PBLbased extension…
Descriptors: Human Body, High School Students, Biology, Models
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Singh, Anne-Marie; Marcus, Nadine; Ayres, Paul – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Two experiments involving 125 grade-10 students learning about commerce investigated strategies to overcome the transient information effect caused by explanatory spoken text. The transient information effect occurs when learning is reduced as a result of information disappearing before the learner has time to adequately process it, or link it…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Multimedia Materials, Visual Aids, Verbal Communication
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Bonner, Sarah M.; Somers, Jennifer A.; Rivera, Gwendelyn J.; Keiler, Leslie S. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
We investigated perceptions about learning strategy use and instructional roles among a sample of high needs adolescents (n = 230) who acted as near-peer instructional facilitators. The sample was drawn from science and mathematics classes in nonselective public secondary schools in New York City. Students participated in an inschool intervention…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Attitude Measures, Adolescents, Peer Teaching
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Furtak, Erin Marie; Kiemer, Katharina; Circi, Ruhan Kizil; Swanson, Rebecca; de León, Vanessa; Morrison, Deb; Heredia, Sara C. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
The teaching practices of recognizing and responding to students' ideas during instruction are often called formative assessment, and can be conceptualized by four abilities: designing formative assessment tasks, asking questions to elicit student thinking, interpreting student ideas, and providing feedback that moves student thinking forward.…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, High Schools, Science Teachers
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Matuk, Camillia F.; Linn, Marcia C.; Eylon, Bat-Sheva – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
Teachers' involvement in curriculum design is essential for sustaining the relevance of technology-enhanced learning materials. Customizing--making small adjustments to tailor given materials to particular situations and settings--is one design activity in which busy teachers can feasibly engage. Research indicates that customizations based…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Teacher Role, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Lee, Dabae; Huh, Yeol; Reigeluth, Charles M. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
This case study was conducted in two high school classrooms that utilized collaborative project-based learning (PBL). Collaboration is an important instructional strategy, especially used in conjunction with PBL, and is an essential learning outcome for the twenty-first century. This study examined how collaboration can be achieved as a learning…
Descriptors: Conflict, Intergroup Relations, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Yeo, Jennifer; Tan, Seng Chee – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
The introduction of problem-based learning into K-12 science classrooms faces the challenge of achieving the dual goal of learning science content and developing problem-solving skills. To overcome this content-process tension in science classrooms, we employed the knowledge-creation approach as a boundary object between the two seemingly…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, High School Students
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Merkt, Martin; Schwan, Stephan – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
This study was concerned with identifying prerequisites for the successful use of videos that offer different levels of interactivity. In a homework scenario, 64 ninth graders participated either in a search training demonstrating the efficient use of features facilitating the selection of relevant information or in a control training focusing on…
Descriptors: Interactive Video, Homework, Grade 9, Training
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