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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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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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Throndsen, Inger; Turmo, Are – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Primary mathematics teachers' (N = 521) personal goal orientation and instructional practices were examined based on questionnaire responses. The teachers (grades 2 and 3) were oriented towards mastery goals and mastery approaches to instruction, and reported high teaching efficacy. Strong positive relation between performance orientation and…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Grade 2
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Lai, Ming; Law, Nancy – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
This paper aims to study the relationship between questioning and the quality of knowledge constructed in a CSCL context. In previous studies, different units of analysis are employed and the patterns of relationships are not consistent for different age groups. The analytic units of a thread, an individual, and a group are employed in this study,…
Descriptors: Correlation, Grade 6, Grade 10, Age Groups
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Wilson, Travis; Perry, Michelle; Anderson, Carolyn J.; Grosshandler, Dean – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
This study examined the verbal prompts a tutor used to promote reflection and young students' responses to these prompts. Seven children (ages 8-12) participated in 260 min of one-on-one tutoring to learn scientific concepts related to gear movement; the tutor spontaneously provided these students with 763 prompts for reflection. Prompts reliably…
Descriptors: Investigations, Discourse Analysis, Scientific Concepts, Tutors
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Shoval, Ella – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Unlike studies on cooperative learning that have focused on the verbal communication aspect of learning, this study focuses on the non-verbal aspect--mindful movement, which is the use of body movement to aid academic learning. Our research examined the link between five learning activities occurring within a cooperative group of children using…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Verbal Communication, Learning Activities
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Sun, Yanqing; Zhang, Jianwei; Scardamalia, Marlene – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
Productive knowledge work and high-level literacy are essential for engagement in a Knowledge society. In the research reported in this article, students were engaged in sustained collaborative knowledge building in science and social studies. The vocabulary growth of 22 students over Grades 3 and 4 was traced, based on their entries to Knowledge…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Guidelines, Grade 4, Grade 3
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Wetter, Olive Emil; Koerner, Fritz; Schwaninger, Adrian – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
In a retrospective study, we compared school performance of 53 children practicing music (group 1) with 67 controls not practicing music (group 2). Overall average marks as well as average marks of all school subjects except sports were significantly higher in children who do (group 1) than in those who do not practice music (group 2). In a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Music, Academic Achievement, Multiple Regression Analysis