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Lineback, Jennifer Evarts – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
Responsive teaching occurs when teachers take up and "respond" to their students' ideas during instruction (J. L. Pierson, 2008). Although responsive teaching is gaining recognition as an effective strategy for encouraging student learning, few methods of analysis are capable of characterizing the different ways in which teachers take up…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Discourse Analysis, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Discourse Modes
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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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Sengupta-Irving, Tesha; Enyedy, Noel – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
This article investigates why students reported liking a student-driven learning design better than a highly guided design despite equivalent gains in knowledge assessments in both conditions. We created two learning designs based on the distinction in the literature between student-driven and teacher-led approaches. One teacher assigned each of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Learner Controlled Instruction, Inquiry
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Jordan, Michelle E.; McDaniel, Reuben R., Jr. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
This study investigated how interaction with peers influenced the ways students managed uncertainty during collaborative problem solving in a 5th-grade class. The analysis focused on peer responses to individuals' attempts to manage uncertainty they experienced while engaged in collaborative efforts to design, build, and program robots and…
Descriptors: Robotics, Peer Influence, Cooperative Learning, Problem Solving
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Engle, Randi A.; Langer-Osuna, Jennifer M.; McKinney de Royston, Maxine – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
It is commonly observed that during classroom or group discussions some students have greater influence than may be justified by the normative quality of those students' contributions. We propose a 5-component theoretical framework in order to explain how undue influence unfolds. We build on literatures on persuasion, argumentation, discourse, and…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Influences, Models, Group Discussion
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Jackson, Kara – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This article reports on an ethnographic study of a 10-year-old's pursuit of school-based mathematics across school and home to suggest that participating in school-based mathematics is a cross-setting phenomenon in at least 2 ways. First, I illustrate how accomplishing school-based mathematics literally extends into the home and how individuals…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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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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Gottlieb, Eli – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2007
Over the last decade, researchers have become increasingly interested in students' beliefs about the nature of knowledge and how these beliefs develop. Although initial psychological accounts portrayed epistemic development as a domain-independent process of cognitive maturation, recent studies have found trajectories of epistemic development to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Values, Cultural Context, Punishment
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Engle, Randi A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2006
This article develops a situative approach to explaining the transfer of learning, illustrating it using a challenging-to-explain case from a Fostering Communities of Learners classroom. The case involved a group of 5th graders who learned and then transferred a more sophisticated way of explaining species survival and endangerment despite…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Transfer of Training, Case Studies, Grade 5
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Izsak, Andrew – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2005
This article extends and strengthens the knowledge in pieces perspective (diSessa, 1988, 1993) by applying core components to analyze how 5th-grade students with computational knowledge of whole-number multiplication and connections between multiplication and discrete arrays constructed understandings of area and ways of using representations to…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Mathematics Instruction
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Schwarz, Baruch B.; Neuman, Yair; Gil, Julia; Ilya, Merav – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2003
In this article, we elaborate methodologies to study construction of knowledge in argumentative activities. For this purpose, we report on a quasi-empirical study on construction of knowledge through successive argumentative activities on a controversial issue. A group of 120 fifth grade students participated in successive argumentative…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Group Behavior, Qualitative Research, Persuasive Discourse