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van Rijk, Yvonne; Volman, Monique; de Haan, Dorian; van Oers, Bert – Learning Environments Research, 2017
Sociocultural theories based on the work of Vygotsky have been increasingly influential in educational sciences. Developmental education (DE) is a pedagogical approach based on Vygotskian theory that has inspired primary schools in the Netherlands to change the learning environment innovatively in a comprehensive way. In this article, we focus on…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Reading Comprehension, Developmental Programs, Grade 4
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Boersma, Annoesjka; ten Dam, Geert; Wardekker, Willem; Volman, Monique – Learning Environments Research, 2016
In this study, the concept of "community of learners" was used to improve initial vocational education. The framework of a 'community of learners for vocational orientation' that we present offers both a theoretical understanding of teaching-learning processes in initial vocational education and heuristics for the design of innovative…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Communities of Practice
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Hornstra, Lisette; Mansfield, Caroline; van der Veen, Ineke; Peetsma, Thea; Volman, Monique – Learning Environments Research, 2015
Teachers are key actors who shape the learning environment and whose main tasks include motivating students to learn. Teachers can differ in the way in which they try to motivate students to learn and their motivational strategies can vary from autonomy-supportive to controlling. The present study explored how teachers' personal beliefs and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Teachers