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Martin, Taylor; Petrick Smith, Carmen; Forsgren, Nicole; Aghababyan, Ani; Janisiewicz, Philip; Baker, Stephanie – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
The struggle with fraction learning in kindergarten through Grade 12 in the United States is a persistent problem and one of the major stumbling blocks to succeeding in higher mathematics. Research into this problem has identified several areas where students commonly struggle with fractions. While there are many theories of fraction learning,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Fractions, Educational Games
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Williams, Robert F. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
An embodied view of mathematical cognition should account not only for how we use our bodies to think and communicate mathematically but also how our bodies equip us to conceive of mathematical ideas. Research in cognitive semantics claims that the human conceptual capacity rests on a foundation of image schemas: topological patterns of spatial…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Expertise, Semantics, Ethnography
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Berti, Anna Emilia; Toneatti, Laura; Rosati, Veronica – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
Investigations of people's understanding of the evolution of species have focused mainly on secondary school and university students. Very few investigations have taken into consideration younger students, and none have related children's ideas about the origin of species to formal instruction on this topic. To help fill this gap, the present…
Descriptors: Evolution, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 2
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van Es, Elizabeth A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
This study examines the nature of teacher participation in the context of a video club. Video clubs are professional development meetings in which teachers watch and discuss excerpts of video from their classrooms. In this study, I adopt a situative perspective to examine how teachers develop in their participation to accomplish the goals of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Clubs, Faculty Development, Professional Development
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Wyeth, Peta – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
Electronic Blocks are a new programming environment designed specifically for children aged between 3 and 8 years. These physical, stackable blocks include sensor blocks, action blocks, and logic blocks. By connecting these blocks, children can program a wide variety of structures that interact with one another and the environment. Electronic…
Descriptors: Semantics, Programming Languages, Young Children, Logical Thinking