ERIC Number: EJ780442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Discussion and Individual Problem-Solving in the Teaching of History: Do Different Instructional Approaches Affect Interest in Different Ways?
Del Favero, Laura; Boscolo, Pietro; Vidotto, Giulio; Vicentini, Marco
Learning and Instruction, v17 n6 p635-657 Dec 2007
In this study, 100 Italian eighth graders were divided into two groups to compare the effects of two instructional interventions--the first based on problem-solving through discussion, the second on individual problem-solving--on students' learning of two historical topics (World War I and the economic boom), interest and self-perception of competence in history. The intervention based on discussion produced greater situational interest and understanding of the historical inquiry. The topic of World War I turned out to be an effective source of situational interest. Structural equation models showed that situational interest elicited by the use of discussion and by World War I impacted both on students' individual interest and on self-perception of competence in history.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Structural Equation Models, War, World History, Problem Solving, Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Group Instruction, Intervention, Self Efficacy, Group Discussion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
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Identifiers - Location: Italy