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Reimann, Peter – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper argues that learning analytics (LA) can make contributions to learning research, in addition to aiming for improvements in learning and teaching practices in a solely applied sense. Indeed, there is potential for transforming learning research if certain approaches developed in LA were used more extensively to study learning. The…
Descriptors: Learning, Data Analysis, Educational Research, Longitudinal Studies
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Lodge, Jason M.; Hansen, Louise; Cottrell, David – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
Learning styles have been widely accepted in pedagogical practice but suffer from a distinct lack of empirical support. While a diverse range of learning styles have been proposed, modality preference has received the most attention within educational research and practice. Supporters of this theory posit that each individual has a dominant sense…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Learning Modalities, Preferences, Research Problems
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Hall, Elaine – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
The author has been asked to respond to Lodge, Hansen, and Cottrell's recent (2015) paper in this journal and they have done a very thorough and scholarly job of dissecting the weaknesses of modality preference theories. They clearly and carefully analyse the nature of the evidence for modality preference and conclude that there is little if any…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Preferences, Learning Theories, Evidence
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Eberle, Julia; Stegmann, Karsten; Fischer, Frank – Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
We argue that social network analysis is a useful methodology to study and to extend scholarly knowledge on learning through legitimate peripheral participation in communities of practice. We first review work on legitimate peripheral participation and show that research on this topic currently focuses on the adoption of practices. Then we…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Communities of Practice, Futures (of Society)
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
The dominant learning paradigms conceive of learning as the construction of something, which, depending on the particular bent of the researcher, may be "meaning", "knowledge", "conceptions", or "conceptual frameworks". However, some recent studies conducted from very different theoretical perspectives…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Learning Processes, Concept Formation, Epistemology