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Abrahamson, Dor; Kapur, Manu – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Whereas some educational designers believe that students should learn new concepts through explorative problem solving within dedicated environments that constrain key parameters of their search and then support their progressive appropriation of empowering disciplinary forms, others are critical of the ultimate efficacy of this discovery-based…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Educational Research, Instructional Design, Educational Philosophy
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Bernhard, Jonte – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
According to variation theory, it is essential to enable students to focus on the object of learning and discern its critical features, but the features that "it is possible" to discern often depend on the equipment used. Thus, in labs, the experimental technologies used may shape students' experience of focal phenomena, in a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Laboratory Training
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Wen, Cai-Ting; Chang, Chia-Jung; Chang, Ming-Hua; Fan Chiang, Shih-Hsun; Liu, Chen-Chung; Hwang, Fu-Kwun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This study investigated students' modeling progress and strategies in a problem-solving simulation game through content analysis, and through supervised and unsupervised lag sequential analysis (LSA). Multiple data sources, including self-report models and activity logs, were collected from 25 senior high school students. The results of the…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Simulation, Problem Solving, Models
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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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Hod, Yotam; Ben-Zvi, Dani – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This study attends the learning sciences to the work of Carl Rogers and his person-centered therapy and education. Building on claims that knowledge building communities are idea-centered, as well as recent research in this area that has looked at learning holistically, we examine the notion of a 'humanistic knowledge building community' as an…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Technology, Knowledge Level, Science Education
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Yoon, Susan A.; Anderson, Emma; Koehler-Yom, Jessica; Evans, Chad; Park, Miyoung; Sheldon, Josh; Schoenfeld, Ilana; Wendel, Daniel; Scheintaub, Hal; Klopfer, Eric – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
The recent next generation science standards in the United States have emphasized learning about complex systems as a core feature of science learning. Over the past 15 years, a number of educational tools and theories have been investigated to help students learn about complex systems; but surprisingly, little research has been devoted to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Stewart, Olivia G.; Jordan, Michelle E. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Recent scholarship highlights the wealth of varied and interconnected opportunities for learning science that informal environments can provide; yet, participants with different experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds do not all learn in the same ways. Thus, studies are needed that examine how particular participants take up learning opportunities…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Environment, Science Education, STEM Education
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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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van der Graaf, Joep; Segers, Eliane; Verhoeven, Ludo – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
A dynamic assessment tool was developed and validated using Mokken scale analysis to assess the extent to which kindergartners are able to construct unconfounded experiments, an essential part of scientific reasoning. Scientific reasoning is one of the learning processes happening within science education. A commonly used, hands-on,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Process Skills, Abstract Reasoning, Thinking Skills
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Hefter, Markus H.; Berthold, Kirsten; Renkl, Alexander; Riess, Werner; Schmid, Sebastian; Fries, Stefan – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
Argumentation skills play a crucial role in science education and in preparing school students to act as informed citizens. While processing conflicting scientific positions regarding topics such as sustainable development in the domain of ecology, argumentation skills such as evaluating arguments or supporting theories with evidence are…
Descriptors: Science Education, Persuasive Discourse, Training, Intervention
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Rogat, Toni Kempler; Adams-Wiggins, Karlyn R. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
The current study examines variation in other-regulation, conceptualized as efforts by one student to regulate their group's work. This study extends research which has conceptualized other-regulation as temporarily guiding others' conceptual understanding and skill development by broadening the spectrum of other-regulation to include…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Self Control, Group Behavior, Grade 7
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Karlsson, Goran; Ivarsson, Jonas; Lindstrom, Berner – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
This paper presents an analysis of the scientific reasoning of a dyad of secondary school students about the phenomenon of dissolution of gases in water as they work on this in a simulated laboratory experiment. A web-based virtual laboratory was developed to provide learners with the opportunity to examine the influence of physical factors on gas…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Secondary School Students, Instructional Materials, Video Technology
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Wu, Hsin-Kai; Lin, Yu-Fen; Hsu, Ying-Shao – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of representation sequences and spatial ability on students' scientific understandings about the mechanism of breathing in human beings. 130 seventh graders were assigned to two groups with different sequential combinations of static and dynamic representations: SD group (i.e., viewing…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Prior Learning, Interaction, Semi Structured Interviews
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Matlen, Bryan J.; Klahr, David – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
We report the effect of different sequences of high vs low levels of instructional guidance on children's immediate learning and long-term transfer of simple experimental design procedures and concepts, often called "CVS" (Control of Variables Strategy). Third-grade children (N = 57) received instruction in CVS via one of four possible orderings…
Descriptors: Research Design, Guidance, Cognitive Development, Direct Instruction
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Eckhardt, Marc; Urhahne, Detlef; Conrad, Olaf; Harms, Ute – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
The study examined the effects of two different instructional interventions as support for scientific discovery learning using computer simulations. In two well-known categories of difficulty, data interpretation and self-regulation, instructional interventions for learning with computer simulations on the topic "ecosystem water" were developed…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Cognitive Processes, Academic Support Services, Discovery Learning
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