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Kikas, Eve; Mädamürk, Kaja; Palu, Anu – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2020
Background: Math is a difficult subject with which many upper middle-school students struggle. In addition to knowledge, skills, and motivation, effective learning strategies play an important role in learning math. Aims: This study aimed to examine the effects of comprehension-oriented learning strategies (perceptual and abstract grouping of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Comprehension, Learning Strategies
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Chen, Ouhao; Retnowati, Endah; Kalyuga, Slava – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2020
Background: The worked example effect in cognitive load theory suggests that providing worked examples first followed by solving similar problems would facilitate students' learning. Using problem solving-worked example sequence is another way of implementing example-based instruction. Although research has demonstrated the superiority of worked…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Cognitive Ability, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods
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Fazio, Lisa K. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019
Background: Tasks that involve retrieving information from memory, such as answering short answer questions, are more effective at improving learning than restudying, concept mapping, and other study techniques. However, little is known about how often teachers naturally provide these retrieval practice opportunities during lectures and classroom…
Descriptors: Memory, Recall (Psychology), Cognitive Processes, Questioning Techniques
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Chu, Junyi; Rittle-Johnson, Bethany; Fyfe, Emily R. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Background: The format of a mathematics problem often influences students' problem-solving performance. For example, providing diagrams in conjunction with story problems can benefit students' understanding, choice of strategy, and accuracy on story problems. However, it remains unclear whether providing diagrams in conjunction with symbolic…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Algebra
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Van der Beek, Jojanneke P. J.; Van der Ven, Sanne H. G.; Kroesbergen, Evelyn H.; Leseman, Paul P. M. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Background: Mathematics achievement is related to positive and negative emotions. Pekrun's control-value theory of achievement emotions suggests that students' self-concept (i.e., self-appraisal of ability) may be an important mediator of the relation between mathematics achievement and emotions. Aims: The aims were (1) to investigate the…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Emotional Response, Grade 9, Secondary School Students
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Otumfuor, Beryl Ann; Carr, Martha – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Background: Spatial skills have been linked to better performance in mathematics. Aim The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between teacher spatial skills and their instruction, including teacher content and pedagogical knowledge, use of pictorial representations, and use of gestures during geometry instruction. Sample:…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Mathematics Skills, Teacher Competencies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Torrance, Mark; Fidalgo, Raquel; Robledo, Patricia – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
Background: Strategy-focused writing instruction trains students both to set explicit product goals and to adopt specific procedural strategies, particularly for planning text. A number of studies have demonstrated that strategy-focused writing instruction is effective in developing writing performance. Aim: This study aimed to determine whether…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies
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Gehlbach, Hunter; Brinkworth, Maureen E.; Harris, Anna D. – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2012
Background: Although teacher-student relationships lie at the heart of students' schooling experience, fundamental questions regarding these relationships remain unanswered. Aims: This study investigates three related questions about these relationships: To what extent do they change from the beginning to the end of a school year? Are any emergent…
Descriptors: Homework, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Rittle-Johnson, Bethany; Star, Jon R.; Durkin, Kelley – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2012
Background: A key learning outcome in problem-solving domains is the development of procedural flexibility, where learners know multiple procedures and use them appropriately to solve a range of problems (e.g., Verschaffel, Luwel, Torbeyns, & Van Dooren, 2009). However, students often fail to become flexible problem solvers in mathematics. To…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education
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Roth, Guy; Kanat-Maymon, Yaniv; Bibi, Uri – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2011
Background: This study examined students' perceptions of autonomy-supportive teaching (AST) and its relations to internalization of pro-social values and bullying in class. Aims: We hypothesized that: (1) teachers' AST, which involves provision of rationale and taking the student's perspective, would relate positively to students' identified…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Sanctions, Student Attitudes, Bullying