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Toomey, Natalie; Heo, Misook – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
The goal of this study was to investigate cognitive style (the visualizer-verbalizer dimension) and cognitive ability (spatial and verbal abilities) in terms of corresponding resource use behavior. The study further examined the potential link between cognitive style and cognitive ability based on observable behavior. A total of 67 university…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Style, Spatial Ability, Verbal Ability
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Zhang, Heyi; Whitebread, David – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
This study examined whether kindergarten children's psychological needs satisfaction would mediate the relationships between parental scaffolding and children's use of self-regulated learning (SRL) strategic behaviours. One hundred and thirty Chinese kindergarten children and their parents participated in the study. Parental scaffolding and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychological Needs, Problem Solving, Self Determination
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Walkington, Candace; Clinton, Virginia; Sparks, Anthony – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Students' grasp of the non-mathematical language in a mathematics story problem--such as vocabulary and syntax--may have an important effect on their problem-solving, and this may be particularly true for students with weaker language skills. However, little experimental research has examined which individual language features influence students'…
Descriptors: Correlation, Homework, Problem Solving, Language Skills
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Luo, Linlin; Kiewra, Kenneth A.; Flanigan, Abraham E.; Peteranetz, Markeya S. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
There has been a shift in college classrooms from students recording lecture notes using a longhand pencil-paper medium to using laptops. The present study investigated whether note-taking medium (laptop, longhand) influenced note taking and achievement when notes were recorded but not reviewed (note taking's process function) and when notes were…
Descriptors: Laptop Computers, Notetaking, Comparative Analysis, Lecture Method
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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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Fischer, Frank – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Research on learning communities has developed as a perspective radically different from teacher-led instruction. This might be a main reason for why scaffolding is rarely foregrounded in work on learning communities. This contribution analyzes how four recent approaches to learning communities address scaffolding and identifies three different…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Correlation, Cooperative Learning
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Schenke, Katerina; Richland, Lindsey E. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Drawing comparisons between students' alternative solution strategies to a single mathematics problem is a powerful yet challenging instructional practice. We examined 80 preservice teachers' when asked to design a short lesson when given a problem and two student solutions--one correct and one incorrect. These micro-teaching events were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Microteaching, Comparative Analysis
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Lin, Yu Ying; Holmqvist, Kenneth; Miyoshi, Kiyofumi; Ashida, Hiroshi – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
The eye-tracking method was used to assess the influence of detailed, colorful illustrations on reading behaviors and learning outcomes. Based on participants' subjective ratings in a pre-study, we selected eight one-page human anatomy lessons. In the main study, participants learned these eight human anatomy lessons; four were accompanied by…
Descriptors: Illustrations, Science Education, Learning Processes, Eye Movements