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Rytkonen, Henna; Parpala, Anna; Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari; Virtanen, Viivi; Postareff, Liisa – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
The examination of academic progression has become an essential tool for measuring the effectiveness of educational systems. Research concerning the relationship between student learning and how they progress in their studies, however remains scarce. The aim of this study is two-fold: Firstly, the study aims to analyse first-year bioscience…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Structural Equation Models, Time Management, Academic Achievement
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Stegmann, Karsten; Wecker, Christof; Weinberger, Armin; Fischer, Frank – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
This study explores the relation between argumentation in online discussions, cognitive elaboration, and individual knowledge acquisition. In a one-factorial experimental design with 48 participants we investigated the effect of an argumentative computer-supported collaboration script (with vs. without) on the formal quality of argumentation,…
Descriptors: Research Design, Persuasive Discourse, Cooperation, Educational Environment
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Nokes, Timothy J.; Hausmann, Robert G. M.; VanLehn, Kurt; Gershman, Sophia – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Cognitive science principles should have implications for the design of effective learning environments. The self-explanation principle was chosen for the current work because it has developed significantly over the last 20 years. Early formulations hypothesized that self-explanation facilitated inference generation to supply missing information…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Physics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science
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Jacobson, Michael J.; Kapur, Manu; So, Hyo-Jeong; Lee, June – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This paper discusses a study of students learning core conceptual perspectives from recent scientific research on complexity using a hypermedia learning environment in which different types of scaffolding were provided. Three comparison groups used a hypermedia system with agent-based models and scaffolds for problem-based learning activities that…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Problem Based Learning, Hypermedia, Problem Solving
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Winters, Fielding I.; Alexander, Patricia A. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Peer collaboration is a pedagogical method currently used to facilitate learning in classrooms. Similarly, computer-learning environments (CLEs) are often used to promote student learning in science classrooms, in particular. However, students often have difficulty utilizing these environments effectively. Does peer collaboration help students…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Hypermedia, Anatomy, Human Body
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Scheiter, Katharina; Gerjets, Peter – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
Animations have become a ubiquitous component of computer-based instruction. Despite their widespread use, however, the evidence concerning their effects on learning is rather ambiguous, suggesting that one needs to have a closer look at the conditions under which animations will aid learning. Accordingly, three sets of moderating variables were…
Descriptors: Animation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Student Motivation, Educational Environment
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Kolloffel, Bas; Eysink, Tessa H. S.; de Jong, Ton; Wilhelm, Pascal – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
The current study investigated the effects of different external representational formats on learning combinatorics and probability theory in an inquiry based learning environment. Five conditions were compared in a pre-test post-test design: three conditions each using a single external representational format (Diagram, Arithmetic, or Text), and…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Inquiry, Active Learning, Cognitive Processes
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Gijbels, David; Segers, Mien; Struyf, Elke – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
Recent research shows that, as students interpret the demands of the assessment tasks, they vary their approaches to learning in order to cope with the assessment tasks. Three research questions are central in the present paper: (1) Do students who participate in a constructivist learning environment change their perception of assessment demands…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Learning Strategies, Questionnaires
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Harris, Karen R.; Santangelo, Tanya; Graham, Steve – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
In this article, we present an argument for consideration by those researching and promoting new learning environments (NLEs). We believe advocates of NLEs should consider the literature and research base indicating effective instruction is not based on a forced dichotomy between theoretical perspectives, but rather a thoughtful, pragmatic…
Descriptors: Guidance, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Environment
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Baeten, Marlies; Dochy, Filip; Struyven, Katrien – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
This study focused on the relationships between experiences with portfolio assessment, students' approaches to learning and their assessment preferences by means of a pre- and post-test design in an authentic class setting. The participants were 138 first-year professional bachelor's degree students in office management. They were assessed by…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Portfolio Assessment, Student Participation, Office Management
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Rikers, Remy M. J. P.; van Gog, Tamara; Paas, Fred – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
This special issue on the effects of constructivist learning environments is based on a symposium organized during the last annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. The studies in this issue not only provide an overview of the multitude of forms a constructivist learning environment can take, they also provide…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Constructivism (Learning), Educational Research, Educational Environment
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Dinsmore, Daniel L.; Alexander, Patricia A.; Loughlin, Sandra M. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
In this study, we investigated the effects of students' participation in a collaborative, project-based engineering design course on their domain knowledge, interests, and strategic processing. Participants were 70 college seniors working in teams on a design project of their choosing. Their declarative, procedural, and principled knowledge, along…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Academic Achievement, Engineering, Educational Environment
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Hmelo-Silver, Cindy E.; Chernobilsky, Ellina; Jordan, Rebecca – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
Trying to understand the complexity of computer-mediated problem-based learning environments is not easy. Sociocultural theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding such environments because it emphasizes the socially situated nature of learning and the critical role of tools in mediating learning. To examine how different aspects of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Speech Acts, Problem Based Learning, Learning Processes
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Sarfo, Frederick Kwaku; Elen, Jan – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
This study aimed at experimentally investigating the moderating role of instructional conceptions on the effectiveness of powerful learning environments (PLE) designed in line with the four-component instructional design model (4C/ID-model). The study also investigated the influence of learning in a 4C/ID PLE on students' instructional…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design, Instructional Design
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Simons, Krista D.; Klein, James D. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2007
This study examined how scaffolds and student achievement levels influence inquiry and performance in a problem-based learning environment. The scaffolds were embedded within a hypermedia program that placed students at the center of a problem in which they were trying to become the youngest person to fly around the world in a balloon. One-hundred…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Problem Based Learning, Hypermedia, Program Effectiveness
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