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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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Vogler, Jane S.; Thompson, Penny; Davis, David W.; Mayfield, Blayne E.; Finley, Patrick M.; Yasseri, Dar – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This two-year qualitative study explored the learning process alongside students' perceived outcomes within an interdisciplinary project-based learning (PjBL) task. Students from three different undergraduate courses were assigned a project that spanned across all three classes and placed student teams in the roles of client and contractor.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Teamwork, Qualitative Research
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Kershaw, Trina C.; Lippman, Jordan P.; Fugate, Jennifer M. B. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Scientific knowledge, including the critical evaluation and comprehension of empirical articles, is a key skill valued by most undergraduate institutions for students within the sciences. Students often find it difficult to not only summarize empirical journal articles, but moreover to successfully grasp the quality and rigor of investigation…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Undergraduate Students, Educational Research, Journal Articles
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Prinz, Anja; Golke, Stefanie; Wittwer, Jörg – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Research shows that misconceptions are usually detrimental to text comprehension. However, whether misconceptions also impair metacomprehension accuracy, that is, the accuracy with which one self-assesses one's text comprehension, has received far less attention. We conducted a study in which we examined students' (N = 47) comprehension and…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Metacognition, Accuracy, Statistics
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Rau, Martina A. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
To learn content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math domains, students need to make connections among visual representations. This article considers two kinds of connection-making skills: (1) "sense-making skills" that allow students to verbally explain mappings among representations and (2) "perceptual…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Processes, Chemistry, Visual Aids
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Jaakkola, Tomi; Veermans, Koen – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The present study investigates the effects that concreteness fading has on learning and transfer across three grade levels (4-6) in elementary school science education in comparison to learning with constantly concrete representations. 127 9- to 12-years-old elementary school students studied electric circuits in a computer-based simulation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Learning Processes
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Kardash, CarolAnne M.; Taasoobshirazi, Gita; Lombardi, Doug – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
This study examined the relationship among cognitive and motivational variables impacting college students' willingness to take mitigative action to reduce the impacts of human-induced climate change. One hundred and forty college students were asked to read a persuasive text about human-induced climate change and were pre- and post-tested on…
Descriptors: College Students, Persuasive Discourse, Attitude Change, Climate