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Horn, Michael S. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Designers who create computer-based learning experiences for places like museums, out-of-school programs, and homes face a number of challenges related to the informal nature of such settings. Designs must generally function on their own without the support of teachers or curriculum while at the same time engaging a diverse audience, supporting…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Instructional Design, Interaction, Educational Technology
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Murata, Aki – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
This article presents an instructional model (inclusively responsive instruction) that takes advantage of student diversity in order to differentiate student learning while maintaining high expectations. In the history of U.S. education, diversity and academic rigor were often considered at odds, and educators tried to emphasize one at the expense…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Education, Student Diversity
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Clark, Douglas B.; D'Angelo, Cynthia M.; Schleigh, Sharon P. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study investigates the ongoing debate in the conceptual change literature between unitary and elemental perspectives on students' knowledge structure coherence. More specifically, the current study explores two potential explanations for the conflicting results reported by Ioannides and Vosniadou (2002)and diSessa, Gillespie, and Esterly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Structures, Physics, Coding
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Roschelle, Jeremy; Bakia, Marianne; Toyama, Yukie; Patton, Charles – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Linking research to a compelling societal interest can build financial commitments to research, bring increased attention to findings, and grow support for scaling up impacts. Among many compelling societal interests that learning scientists can cite--such as increasing the quality of life, preparing citizens to make decisions in a complex world,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Relationship, Economic Progress, Quality of Life
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Thadani, Vandana; Stevens, Ronald H.; Tao, Annie – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
There is a growing national recognition that teachers and teaching are at the heart of successful educational reform. However, few tools exist for measuring classroom instruction. The primary purpose of this article is to describe methods we developed to measure and study teaching, specifically while teachers were using a multimedia intervention…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods