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Gidalevich, Stella; Kramarski, Bracha – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Research has indicated that students can be taught self-regulated learning (SRL) in scaffolding programs focusing on a fixed continuous practice (e.g., metacognitive question prompts). However, the fading role of scaffolding to prepare autonomous learning is often an overlooked component. A unique approach for fading is suggested that offers a…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Firetto, Carla M.; Murphy, P. Karen; Greene, Jeffrey A.; Li, Mengyi; Wei, Liwei; Montalbano, Cristin; Hendrick, Brendan; Croninger, Rachel M. V. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Effective interventions are needed to bolster students' argumentation capacities, an area in which they consistently struggle. Quality Talk (QT) is an approach to small-group classroom discussion shown to support students' oral argumentation with preliminary evidence that it may also bolster students' written argumentation. Teachers often must…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Skill Development, Small Group Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Chase, Kiera; Abrahamson, Dor – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Forty 4th and 9th grade students participated individually in tutorial interviews centered on a problem-solving activity designed for learning basic algebra mechanics through diagrammatic modeling of an engaging narrative about a buccaneering giant burying and unearthing her treasure on a desert island. Participants were randomly assigned to…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Grade 4, Grade 9, Problem Solving
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Wilkerson, Michelle Hoda; Shareff, Rebecca; Laina, Vasiliki; Gravel, Brian – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
In computational modeling activities, learners are expected to discover the inner workings of scientific and mathematical systems: First elaborating their understandings of a given system through constructing a computer model, then "debugging" that knowledge by testing and refining the model. While such activities have been shown to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Models, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Ponce, Héctor R.; Mayer, Richard E.; López, Mario J.; Loyola, María Soledad – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This study examines the effects of including interactive graphic organizers into a whole-class PowerPoint lesson as an instructional approach intended to improve student engagement and generative learning in schools. A software application was developed and integrated into PowerPoint that makes it possible for the instructor to fill in empty…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Grade 4
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Jaakkola, Tomi; Veermans, Koen – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The present study investigates the effects that concreteness fading has on learning and transfer across three grade levels (4-6) in elementary school science education in comparison to learning with constantly concrete representations. 127 9- to 12-years-old elementary school students studied electric circuits in a computer-based simulation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Learning Processes
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Grotzer, Tina A.; Solis, S. Lynneth; Tutwiler, M. Shane; Cuzzolino, Megan Powell – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Understanding complex systems requires reasoning about causal relationships that behave or appear to behave probabilistically. Features such as distributed agency, large spatial scales, and time delays obscure co-variation relationships and complex interactions can result in non-deterministic relationships between causes and effects that are best…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Kindergarten, Grade 2
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Danish, Joshua; Saleh, Asmalina; Andrade, Alejandro; Bryan, Branden – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Our paper builds on the construct of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) (Vygotsky in Mind in society: the development of higher psychological processes, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1978) to analyze the relationship between students' answers and the help they receive as they construct them. We report on a secondary analysis of…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Ability, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Cognitive Development
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Fyfe, Emily R.; Rittle-Johnson, Bethany – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Recent research highlights the potential benefits of practice without feedback on learner's strategy knowledge. However, most prior work has been conducted in one-on-one settings with short retention intervals. We compared the effects of mathematics practice with and without correct-answer feedback on immediate and 1-week delayed performance in a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Elementary School Mathematics, Drills (Practice), Grade 2
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Watters, James J.; Diezmann, Carmel M. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
Research over a long period of time has continued to demonstrate problems in the teaching of science in school. In addition, declining levels of participation and interest in science and related fields have been reported from many particularly western countries. Among the strategies suggested is the recruitment of professional scientists and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Classroom Communication
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van der Meij, Hans; van der Meij, Jan – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
This study investigates the design and effectiveness of a video tutorial for software training. In accordance with demonstration-based training, the tutorial consisted of a series of task demonstrations, with instructional features added to enhance learning. An experiment is reported in which a demonstration-only control condition was compared…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Computer Software, Training, Demonstrations (Educational)
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Zoupidis, Anastasios; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios; Spyrtou, Anna; Kariotoglou, Petros – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
The aim of the present study was twofold. First, we aimed to replicate the findings of previous studies which had showed a substantial improvement on procedural and epistemological knowledge after direct instruction and their maintenance in time. Second, we aimed to examine the dynamic relationships of the procedural (control of variables…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Grade 5, Questionnaires, Path Analysis
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Rau, Martina A.; Aleven, Vincent; Rummel, Nikol – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Prior research shows that representational competencies that enable students to use graphical representations to reason and solve tasks is key to learning in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics domains. We focus on two types of representational competencies: (1) "sense making" of connections by verbally explaining how…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Danish, Joshua A.; Saleh, Asmalina – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
We report on a design based research study exploring how the organization of classroom activity impacts early elementary students' critical criteria for evaluating representations in science class. The ability to critique representations produced by others as well as one's own is an important practice when working with representations. Effective…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Grade 1, Grade 2, Elementary School Students
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Wagensveld, Barbara; Segers, Eliane; Kleemans, Tijs; Verhoeven, Ludo – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
We examined the role child factors on the acquisition and transfer of learning the control of variables strategy (CVS) via instruction or self-discovery. Seventy-six fourth graders and 43 sixth graders were randomly assigned to a group receiving direct CVS instruction or a discovery learning group. Prior to the intervention, cognitive, scientific,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 6, Transfer of Training
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