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van de Pol, Janneke; Mercer, Neil; Volman, Monique – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Providing contingent or adaptive support (i.e., scaffolding) is effective. Yet it is unclear how it promotes students' learning. In this mixed-methods study, we investigated to what extent the effect of contingent support for students' learning is mediated by the extent to which students take up teachers' support in subsequent small-group work. We…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Student Attitudes, Small Group Instruction, Group Dynamics
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Kupers, Elisa; van Dijk, Marijn; van Geert, Paul – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Learning implies change. Inside and outside schools, we aim for students to change into people with more skills and knowledge as well as with a growing sense of agency and responsibility. Furthermore, education itself is subject to constant change. In this article, we examine change in 3 case studies in the context of individual music lessons from…
Descriptors: Music Activities, Music Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Mixed Methods Research
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Akkerman, Sanne; Bruining, Ton – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
This study aims to understand the recurrent challenges of professional development school (PDS) partnerships experienced by many countries. It does so by conceptualizing PDS partnerships as endeavors to cross institutionally and epistemologically developed boundaries between teacher education, schooling, and academic research. After introducing…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Partnerships in Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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van de Pol, Janneke; Volman, Monique; Oort, Frans; Beishuizen, Jos – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
Adapting support contingently to student needs by first diagnosing their current understanding, that is, scaffolding, is considered a key aspect of excellent teaching. The use of classroom scaffolding is rare, however. We therefore investigated the benefits to teachers of a professional development program that was based upon a model of contingent…
Descriptors: Intervention, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teamwork, Experimental Programs
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Eysink, Tessa H. S.; de Jong, Ton – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
This study compared the affordances of 4 multimedia learning environments for specific learning processes. The environments covered the same domain but used different instructional approaches: (a) hypermedia learning, (b) observational learning, (c) self-explanation-based learning, and (d) inquiry learning. Although they all promote an active…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Hypermedia, Educational Environment, Inquiry
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Damsa, Crina I.; Kirschner, Paul A.; Andriessen, Jerry E. B.; Erkens, Gijsbert; Sins, Patrick H. M. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2010
This article reports on a qualitative study of the construct of shared epistemic agency, investigated in the context of collaborative instructional design activities of university students. The aim of the study is to shed light on the notion of shared epistemic agency and to create empirical grounding for its theoretical description. The current…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Epistemology, College Students, Group Activities
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van Amelsvoort, Marije; Andriessen, Jerry; Kanselaar, Gellof – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2007
This article investigates the conditions under which diagrammatic representations support collaborative argumentation-based learning in a computer environment. Thirty dyads of 15- to 18-year-old students participated in a writing task consisting of 3 phases. Students prepared by constructing a representation (text or diagram) individually. Then…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Visual Aids, Foreign Countries, Cooperation