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Paris, Alison H.; Paris, Scott G. – Cognition and Instruction, 2007
This study provided 5 weeks of direct strategy instruction about narrative elements and relations in 4 first-grade classrooms (n = 83), all with materials that made minimal decoding demands on children's reading. Two comparison classrooms (n = 40) received comparable instruction on language development and poetry. A battery of assessments given at…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Primary Education, Statistical Analysis
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Schwartz, Daniel L.; Martin, Taylor – Cognition and Instruction, 2004
Activities that promote student invention can appear inefficient, because students do not generate canonical solutions, and therefore the students may perform badly on standard assessments. Two studies on teaching descriptive statistics to 9th-grade students examined whether invention activities may prepare students to learn. Study 1 found that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 9, Statistics, Instructional Effectiveness
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White, Barbara Y.; Frederiksen, John R. – Cognition and Instruction, 1998
Evaluated the "ThinkerTools Inquiry Curriculum," a computer-enhanced, middle school science curriculum, to determine the impact of including the Reflective Assessment Process. Found that students' performance improved significantly on both physics and inquiry assessments. Controlled comparison revealed that students' learning was greatly…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Disadvantaged Youth