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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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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