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Danish, Joshua A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
This article reports on a study in which activity theory was used to design, implement, and analyze a 10-week curriculum unit about how honeybees collect nectar with a particular focus on complex systems concepts. Students (n = 42) in a multi-year kindergarten and 1st-grade classroom participated in this study as part of their 10 regular classroom…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Science Curriculum, Entomology, Kindergarten
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Eberle, Julia; Stegmann, Karsten; Fischer, Frank – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
Participating in communities of practice (CoPs) is an important way of learning. For newcomers in such communities, the learning process can be described as legitimate peripheral participation (LPP). Although a body of knowledge on LPP has been accumulated from qualitative case studies, mostly focusing on the use of practices, the concrete…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Participation, Novices, Social Support Groups
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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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Raes, Annelies; Schellens, Tammy; De Wever, Bram – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
As secondary students' interest in science is decreasing, schools are faced with the challenging task of providing adequate instruction to engage students--and more particularly the disadvantaged students--to learn science and improve their science inquiry skills. In this respect, the integration of Web-based collaborative inquiry can be seen as a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Inquiry, Skill Development
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DiSalvo, Betsy; Guzdial, Mark; Bruckman, Amy; McKlin, Tom – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
Why would individuals who are capable of learning opt not to? Learning is important for stability and success. It would seem rational that students in groups that are frequently underrepresented or marginalized would be motivated to learn. However, negotiation of multiple identities and self-beliefs can impact motivations to learn. For example,…
Descriptors: Video Games, Computer Science Education, African Americans, Males
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Conner, Jerusha – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
This study examines the learning outcomes and learning environment of a youth organizing program that has been effective in promoting individual as well as social change. Drawing on interviews with 25 former youth organizers from the program, this study explores the lessons that stay with them as they transition to young adulthood and the factors…
Descriptors: Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs, Learning Strategies, Learning Processes
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Sherin, Bruce – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
A large body of research in the learning sciences has focused on students' commonsense science knowledge--the everyday knowledge of the natural world that is gained outside of formal instruction. Although researchers studying commonsense science have employed a variety of methods, 1-on-1 clinical interviews have played a unique role. The data…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Computational Linguistics, Transcripts (Written Records), Interviews
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Berland, Matthew; Martin, Taylor; Benton, Tom; Smith, Carmen Petrick; Davis, Don – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Many have suggested that tinkering plays a critical role in novices learning to program, and recent work in learning analytics (Baker & Yacef, 2009 Blikstein, 2011) allows us to describe new relationships in the process. Using learning analytics, we explore how students progress from exploration, through tinkering, to refinement, a pathway…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Data Collection, Novices, Females
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Martin, Taylor; Sherin, Bruce – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
The learning sciences community's interest in learning analytics (LA) has been growing steadily over the past several years. Three recent symposia on the theme (at the American Educational Research Association 2011 and 2012 annual conferences, and the International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2012), organized by Paulo Blikstein, led…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Learning Processes, Educational Research, Data Collection
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Halverson, Erica Rosenfeld – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
In this article I bring artistic production into the learning sciences conversation by using the production of representations as a bridging concept between art making and the new literacies. Through case studies with 4 youth media arts organizations across the United States I ask how organizations structure the process of producing…
Descriptors: Artists, Studio Art, Information Technology, Autobiographies
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Shea, Nicole A.; Duncan, Ravit Golan – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Learning progressions (LPs) are theoretical models of how learners develop expertise in a domain over extended periods of time. Recent policy reports have touted LPs as a promising approach to aligning standards, curriculum, and assessment. However, the scholarship on LPs is relatively sparse, and the jury is still out on the theoretical and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Genetics, Heuristics, Models
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Medina, Richard; Suthers, Daniel – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
We analyze the interaction of 3 students working on mathematics problems over several days in a virtual math team. Our analysis traces out how successful collaboration in a later session is contingent upon the work of prior sessions and shows how the development of representational practices is an important aspect of these participants' problem…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Geometry, Secondary School Students, Interaction
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Bielaczyc, Katerine – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
The design research methodology as it has currently developed centers on the creation of "existence proofs," an important first step. What is needed then are the next steps of expanding the methodology to address the design problems of practical implementation prior to the steps involved in scaling up these designs. This article contributes to…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Research Methodology, Research Design, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hora, Matthew Tadashi; Ferrare, Joseph J. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Descriptions of faculty practice that illuminate nuances of how course planning and classroom instruction occur in specific contexts are important to inform pedagogical interventions. The study reported in this article draws on systems-of-practice theory to focus on the dynamic interplay among actors, artifacts, and tasks that constrains…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, College Science
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Monte-Sano, Chauncey; Budano, Christopher – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Using artifacts of teachers' practices, classroom observations, and teacher interviews, we explore the development and enactment of 2 novices' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for teaching history. We identify and track 4 components of PCK that are relevant to teaching history: representing history, transforming history, attending to students'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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