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McNeill, Katherine L.; Krajcik, Joseph – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
We investigated how 2 different curricular scaffolds (context-specific vs. generic), teacher instructional practices, and the interaction between these 2 types of support influenced students' learning of science content and their ability to write scientific arguments to explain phenomena. The context-specific scaffolds provided students with hints…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Writing Instruction
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Penuel, William R.; Gallagher, Lawrence P. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
This study compared the efficacy of 3 approaches to professional development in middle school Earth science organized around the principles of Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 1998) in a sample of 53 teachers from a large urban district. Teachers were randomly assigned to a control group or to 1 of 3 conditions that varied with…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Earth Science, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies
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Enyedy, Noel; Mukhopadhyay, Shiuli – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2007
This article describes data from the Community Mapping Project, a set of statistical activities and inquiry projects within a summer seminar for high school students. In designing the Community Mapping Project, we attempted to create conditions under which urban students themselves would come to recognize how mathematics is relevant to their lives…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Urban Schools, High School Students, High Schools