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Wischgoll, Anke; Pauli, Christine; Reusser, Kurt – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
An individual's learning is determined by cognition, motivation, and social context. Taking these aspects into account, we assessed scaffolding in tutoring situations via contingency to determine how successful and unsuccessful teacher-student interactions are shaped. We aimed to find out how the problem-solving process in successful tutoring…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Tutoring, Teacher Student Relationship, Problem Solving
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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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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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Roelle, Julian; Berthold, Kirsten – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
Comparing contrasting cases is a promising means to prepare learners for future learning from related direct instruction. The most prevalent type of preparation intervention used in this "case comparison approach" is providing contrasting cases together with comparison prompts. However, if the contrasting cases are complex learners might…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Task Analysis, Prompting
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Chin, Doris B.; Chi, Min; Schwartz, Daniel L. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
A common approach for introducing students to a new science concept is to present them with multiple cases of the phenomenon and ask them to explore. The expectation is that students will naturally take advantage of the multiple cases to support their learning and seek an underlying principle for the phenomenon. However, the success of such tasks…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Comparative Analysis
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Wallerstedt, Cecilia; Pramling, Niklas – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
In the present study we investigate what problems adolescents in year-nine compulsory school face when trying to learn to play a song together, how they take on these, and how their teacher responds to these problems. The studied practice, where students are to form a band and learn to play a song together in music class, is an example of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Informal Education, Grade 8, Adolescents
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Bathgate, Meghan; Schunn, Christian – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
Overall interest in science has been argued to drive learner participation and engagement. However, there are other important aspects of interest such as breadth of interest within a science domain (e.g., biology, earth science). We demonstrate that intensity of science interest is separable from topic breadth using surveys from a sample of 600…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Middle School Students, Student Surveys, Regression (Statistics)
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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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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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Rogat, Toni Kempler; Adams-Wiggins, Karlyn R. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
The current study examines variation in other-regulation, conceptualized as efforts by one student to regulate their group's work. This study extends research which has conceptualized other-regulation as temporarily guiding others' conceptual understanding and skill development by broadening the spectrum of other-regulation to include…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Self Control, Group Behavior, Grade 7
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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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Simões, Francisco; Alarcão, Madalena – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
The mentor's background in educational roles has been presented as a moderator of School-Based Mentoring (SBM). However, the analysis of overlapping mentoring and teaching roles has been underemphasized in the literature. The aim of this study is to test whether the combination of mentoring and teaching roles influences the mentees' school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Portuguese, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction
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Ngu, Bing Hiong; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Tobias, Stephen – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
Eighth grade students in Australia (N = 60) participated in an experiment on learning how to solve percentage change problems in a regular classroom in three conditions: unitary, pictorial, and equation approaches. The procedure involved a pre-test, an acquisition phase, and a post-test. The main goal was to test the relative merits of the three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Mathematics Instruction
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Barak, Moshe – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
This paper presents the outcomes of teaching an inventive problem-solving course in junior high schools in an attempt to deal with the current relative neglect of fostering students' creativity and problem-solving capabilities in traditional schooling. The method involves carrying out systematic manipulation with attributes, functions and…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Junior High School Students, Heuristics, Creativity
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Lenzner, Alwine; Schnotz, Wolfgang; Müller, Andreas – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Three experiments with students from 7th and 8th grade were performed to investigate the effects of decorative pictures in learning as compared to instructional pictures. Pictures were considered as instructional, when they were primarily informative, and as decorative, when they were primarily aesthetically appealing. The experiments…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 7, Grade 8, Pictorial Stimuli
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