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Gill, Michele Gregoire – Educational Psychologist, 2021
The disconnect between educational theory and practice is problematic for our field. The purpose of this commentary was to explore how that disconnect is being addressed in current research on teachers' social-emotional characteristics and their relation to student outcomes. Three questions framed the analysis underlying this review: What do we…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Social Adjustment, Emotional Adjustment, Outcomes of Education
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Nolen, Susan Bobbitt – Educational Psychologist, 2020
In this commentary, I identify some common themes in the six articles in this special issue, including the importance of aligning research methods with research questions and embracing the complexity of educational phenomena. Then, I reflect on some differences in how authors responded to the request to discuss the role of their inquiry world view…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Research Methodology, World Views
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Usher, Ellen L. – Educational Psychologist, 2018
This commentary revisits compelling arguments put forth by the contributors to this special issue on the role of race and ethnicity in academic motivation research. First, an overview of how race and motivation have been positioned in prominent theories of motivation is provided and juxtaposed with those offered in culturally responsive…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Educational Research, Racial Bias, Culturally Relevant Education
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Strømsø, Helge I. – Educational Psychologist, 2017
Research on multiple source use concerns how readers handle a number of different, often conflicting or discrepant, information sources to construct a mental representation of content. Students are increasingly being exposed to such complex reading situations, both in and outside of school. The digital world demands multiple source use, and…
Descriptors: Models, Reading Comprehension, Information Sources, Cognitive Processes
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Alexander, Patricia A. – Educational Psychologist, 2017
In this commentary, theoretical principles pertaining to the role of epistemic cognition in teaching and professional development, synthesized from the content of this special issue on reflection and reflexivity, are proffered. These theoretical notions are then followed with a critical analysis of specific challenges encountered in enacting these…
Descriptors: Reflection, Theory Practice Relationship, Reflective Teaching, Faculty Development
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Weber, Keith; Inglis, Matthew; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo – Educational Psychologist, 2014
The received view of mathematical practice is that mathematicians gain certainty in mathematical assertions by deductive evidence rather than empirical or authoritarian evidence. This assumption has influenced mathematics instruction where students are expected to justify assertions with deductive arguments rather than by checking the assertion…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Logical Thinking, Mathematical Logic
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Mandinach, Ellen B. – Educational Psychologist, 2012
Data-driven decision making has become an essential component of educational practice across all levels, from chief state school officers to classroom teachers, and has received unprecedented attention in terms of policy and financial support. It was included as one of the four pillars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009),…
Descriptors: Evidence, State Schools, Educational Psychology, Educational Practices
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Hofer, Manfred – Educational Psychologist, 2010
The unfolding of individual interests is reconstructed as part of a person's everyday experience in dealing with multiple goals. This is exemplified by referring to how adolescents cope with developmental tasks while striving for their ideal selves. Exploratory interaction with objects of potential interest is regarded as a central element that…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Developmental Tasks, Interests, Goal Orientation
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Good, Thomas L.; Wiley, Caroline R. H.; Sabers, Darrell – Educational Psychologist, 2010
Asked to review the four articles that appear in this special issue of "Educational Psychologist," these authors discuss the articles in alphabetical order, describe their major arguments, analyze strengths and weaknesses from their perspective, and provide some considerations. The analysis section about each article brings their…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Criticism, Accountability, Student Evaluation
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Reynolds, Ralph E.; Schallert, Diane L.; Alexander, Patricia A. – Educational Psychologist, 2009
In this response, we acknowledge the central concerns of the commentators to our article on learning's topography. We respond to those concerns on the basis of the multiplicity of views about learning that reside within the learning terrain we outlined in Alexander, Schallert, and Reynolds (2009/this issue).
Descriptors: Topography, Educational Technology, Maps, History
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Graesser, Arthur C. – Educational Psychologist, 2009
Alexander, Schallert, and Reynolds (2009/this issue) proposed a definition and landscape of learning that included 9 principles and 4 dimensions ("what," "who," "where," "when"). This commentary reflects on the utility of this definition and 4-dimensional landscape from the standpoint of educational…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Psychology, Psychologists, Cognitive Psychology
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Saljo, Roger – Educational Psychologist, 2009
Over the past decades research on learning has become more diverse and complex. The concern expressed by Alexander, Schallert, and Reynolds (2009/this issue) is that this diversity of theoretical perspectives has resulted in a fragmentation that is destructive to the field. Although it is important to engage in explicit discussions of how learning…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Classroom Communication, Epistemology, Learning
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Geary, David C. – Educational Psychologist, 2009
Alexander, Schallert, and Reynolds's (2009/this issue) "what," "where," "who," and "when" framework situates different perspectives on learning in different places in this multidimensional space and by doing so helps us to better understand seemingly disparate approaches to learning. The framework is in need of a fifth, "why" dimension. The "why"…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Theory Practice Relationship, Learning Motivation, Adolescents
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Chinn, Clark A.; Samarapungavan, Ala – Educational Psychologist, 2009
This article presents a commentary on Stellan Ohlsson's (2009) theory of conceptual change by resubsumption and competitive evaluation of cognitive utility. We note two features of Ohlsson's theory that we think are particularly strong. We then argue that Ohlsson's theory explains one route to conceptual change but that there are many other routes…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Evaluation, Cognitive Psychology, Memory
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Chi, Michelene T. H.; Brem, Sarah K. – Educational Psychologist, 2009
Ohlsson's proposal of resubsumption as the dominant process in conceptual, or nonmonotonic, change presents a worthy challenge to more established theories, such as Chi's theory of ontological shift. The two approaches differ primarily in that Ohlsson's theory emphasizes a process of learning in which narrower, more specific concepts are subsumed…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Learning Processes, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology
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