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Sullivan, Florence R.; Wilson, Nicholas C. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
This case study examines the role of playful talk in negotiating the "how" of collaborative group work in a 6th-grade science classroom. Here we develop and test a Vygotsky-derived hypothesis that postulates playful talk as a mechanism for identity exploration and group status negotiation. Our findings indicate that students utilized the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cooperative Learning, Grade 6, Science Instruction
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Gobert, Janice D.; Sao Pedro, Michael; Raziuddin, Juelaila; Baker, Ryan S. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
We present a method for assessing science inquiry performance, specifically for the inquiry skill of designing and conducting experiments, using educational data mining on students' log data from online microworlds in the Inq-ITS system (Inquiry Intelligent Tutoring System; www.inq-its.org). In our approach, we use a 2-step process: First we use…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Science Education, Inquiry, Science Process Skills
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Dori, Yehudit Judy; Belcher, John – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2005
Educational technology supports meaningful learning and enables the presentation of spatial and dynamic images, which portray relationships among complex concepts. The Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) involves media-rich software for simulation and visualization in freshman…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Active Learning, Physics