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Eriksson, Kimmo; Helenius, Ola; Ryve, Andreas – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Can instructional quality be measured using TIMSS items on how often certain instructional practices are used in the mathematics classroom? We focused on three instructional practices that have been the topics of longstanding debates in the educational literature: memorizing formulas, listening to the teacher, and relating mathematics to daily…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Colliot, Tiphaine; Jamet, Éric – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
We compared performances on a learning task in which students (N = 81) viewed a pedagogical multimedia document without (control group) or with a readymade graphic organizer (readymade group) with performances on an active learning task where students self-generated a graphic organizer either totally (total self-generated group) or partially…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Instructional Materials, Multimedia Materials, Cognitive Processes
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Zambrano, Jimmy; Kirschner, Femke; Sweller, John; Kirschner, Paul A. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Collaborative learning is a widely used instructional technique, but factors determining its effectiveness still are unclear. Cognitive load theory was used to examine the effects of prior collaborative experience and density of distribution of information amongst learners on short-term retention and delayed retention tests, as well as cognitive…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Retention (Psychology), Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level
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Liao, Yu-Hsiu; Kung, Wei-Chieh; Chen, Hsueh-Chih – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
This study investigated the effects of creative-map instructional strategies on learning performance, learning motivation, and creativity in a junior high school geography class. A quasi-experimental approach was used to assess the treatment effects among 79 ninth graders, utilizing qualitative data including students' feedback, and four…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Teaching Methods, Maps, Learning Motivation
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Chase, Kiera; Abrahamson, Dor – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Forty 4th and 9th grade students participated individually in tutorial interviews centered on a problem-solving activity designed for learning basic algebra mechanics through diagrammatic modeling of an engaging narrative about a buccaneering giant burying and unearthing her treasure on a desert island. Participants were randomly assigned to…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Grade 4, Grade 9, Problem Solving
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Roll, Ido; Butler, Deborah; Yee, Nikki; Welsh, Ashley; Perez, Sarah; Briseno, Adriana; Perkins, Katherine; Bonn, Doug – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Guiding inquiry learning has been shown to increase knowledge gains. Yet, little is known about the effect of guidance on attitudes and behaviours, its interaction with student attributes, and transfer of impact once guidance is removed. We address these gaps in the context of an interactive Physics simulation on electric circuits…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Discovery Learning, Physics
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Carlson, Spencer E.; Rees Lewis, Daniel G.; Gerber, Elizabeth M.; Easterday, Matthew W. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Learning communities (LCs) can provide authentic, social learning experiences but require an extensive amount of time and effort to orchestrate, often more than instructors can provide in typical university courses. Extracurricular, undergraduate, student-led learning communities (SLLCs) overcome this cost through volunteer peer-instructors.…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Students, Student Leadership, Peer Teaching
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Heinze, Aiso; Arend, Julia; Gruessing, Meike; Lipowsky, Frank – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The adaptive use of strategies, that is selecting a strategy which allows an efficient solution for a given problem, can be considered as an important individual ability relevant in various domains. Based on models of subjects' skills of adaptive use of strategies, two idealized instructional approaches are suggested to foster students in their…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 3
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Margulieux, Lauren E.; Catrambone, Richard; Schaeffer, Laura M. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Originally intended as a replication study, this study discusses differences in problem solving performance among different domains caused by the same instructional intervention. The learning sciences acknowledges similarities in the learners' cognitive architecture that allow interventions to apply across domains, but it also argues that each…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Intervention, Instructional Design, Programming
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Raaijmakers, Steven F.; Baars, Martine; Schaap, Lydia; Paas, Fred; van Merriënboer, Jeroen; van Gog, Tamara – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Self-assessment and task-selection skills are crucial in self-regulated learning situations in which students can choose their own tasks. Prior research suggested that training with video modeling examples, in which another person (the model) demonstrates and explains the cyclical process of problem-solving task performance, self-assessment, and…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Modeling (Psychology), Video Technology, Transfer of Training
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Tripto, Jaklin; Assaraf, Orit Ben; Snapir, Zohar; Amit, Miriam – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
This study follows two groups of students (67 in all) through the 3 years of their high school biology education and examines the development of their systems thinking--specifically their models of the human body as a system. Both groups were composed of biology majors, but the students in one group also participated in a PBLbased extension…
Descriptors: Human Body, High School Students, Biology, Models
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Danish, Joshua; Saleh, Asmalina; Andrade, Alejandro; Bryan, Branden – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Our paper builds on the construct of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) (Vygotsky in Mind in society: the development of higher psychological processes, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1978) to analyze the relationship between students' answers and the help they receive as they construct them. We report on a secondary analysis of…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Ability, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Cognitive Development
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Fyfe, Emily R.; Rittle-Johnson, Bethany – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Recent research highlights the potential benefits of practice without feedback on learner's strategy knowledge. However, most prior work has been conducted in one-on-one settings with short retention intervals. We compared the effects of mathematics practice with and without correct-answer feedback on immediate and 1-week delayed performance in a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Elementary School Mathematics, Drills (Practice), Grade 2
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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
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Lachner, Andreas; Nückles, Matthias – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
In two studies, we investigated the impact of instructors' different knowledge bases on the quality of their instructional explanations. In Study 1, we asked 20 mathematics teachers (with high pedagogical content knowledge, but lower content knowledge) and 15 mathematicians (with lower pedagogical content knowledge, but high content knowledge) to…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Predictor Variables, Educational Quality, Instructional Effectiveness
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