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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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Kapur, Manu – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
The goal of this paper is to isolate the preparatory effects of problem-generation from solution generation in problem-posing contexts, and their underlying mechanisms on learning from instruction. Using a randomized-controlled design, students were assigned to one of two conditions: (a) problem-posing with solution generation, where they…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Concept Formation
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Roll, Ido; Butler, Deborah; Yee, Nikki; Welsh, Ashley; Perez, Sarah; Briseno, Adriana; Perkins, Katherine; Bonn, Doug – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Guiding inquiry learning has been shown to increase knowledge gains. Yet, little is known about the effect of guidance on attitudes and behaviours, its interaction with student attributes, and transfer of impact once guidance is removed. We address these gaps in the context of an interactive Physics simulation on electric circuits…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Discovery Learning, Physics
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Levy, Sharona T.; Peleg, Ran; Ofeck, Eyal; Tabor, Naamit; Dubovi, Ilana; Bluestein, Shiri; Ben-Zur, Hadar – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
We propose and evaluate a framework supporting collaborative discovery learning of complex systems. The framework blends five design principles: (1) individual action: amidst (2) social interactions; challenged with (3) multiple tasks; set in (4) a constrained interactive learning environment that draws attention to (5) highlighted target…
Descriptors: Traffic Safety, Discovery Learning, Simulation, Simulated Environment
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Trninic, Dragan – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
This conceptual paper considers what it would mean to take seriously Freudenthal's suggestion that mathematics should be taught like swimming. The general claim being made is that "direct instruction" and "discovery" are not opposite but complementary, linked by repetitive yet explorative practice. This claim is elaborated…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Direct Instruction, Discovery Learning
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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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Abrahamson, Dor; Kapur, Manu – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Whereas some educational designers believe that students should learn new concepts through explorative problem solving within dedicated environments that constrain key parameters of their search and then support their progressive appropriation of empowering disciplinary forms, others are critical of the ultimate efficacy of this discovery-based…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Educational Research, Instructional Design, Educational Philosophy
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Clements, Douglas H.; Joswick, Candace – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
In reviewing the six articles within this "Instructional Science" special issue, we are reminded of Schoenfeld's ("Educ Res" 45(2):105-111, 2016) review of American Educational Research Association president-authored papers for the centennial celebration of AERA. There, he succinctly unveiled the content focus of AERA research…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Educational Research, Educational History, Educational Trends
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Bakker, Arthur – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Discovery learning continues to be a topic of heated debate. It has been called a zombie, and this special issue raises the question whether it may be a phoenix arising from the ashes to which the topic was burnt. However, in this commentary I propose it is more like an elephant--a huge topic approached by many people who address different…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Direct Instruction, Educational Theories, Discovery Processes
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Raaijmakers, Steven F.; Baars, Martine; Schaap, Lydia; Paas, Fred; van Merriënboer, Jeroen; van Gog, Tamara – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Self-assessment and task-selection skills are crucial in self-regulated learning situations in which students can choose their own tasks. Prior research suggested that training with video modeling examples, in which another person (the model) demonstrates and explains the cyclical process of problem-solving task performance, self-assessment, and…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Modeling (Psychology), Video Technology, Transfer of Training
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Blau, Ina; Shamir-Inbal, Tamar – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
"Student voice" (SV) refers to listening to and valuing students' views regarding their learning experiences, as well as treating them as equal partners in the evaluation process. This is expected, in turn, to empower students to take a more active role in shaping their learning. This study explores the role played by digital…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Masters Programs, Educational Attitudes
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Heitzmann, Nicole; Fischer, Frank; Fischer, Martin R. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
To diagnose classroom situations is crucial for teachers' everyday practice. The approach of worked examples with errors seems promising to support the diagnosis of classroom situations in student teachers (Stark et al. in "Learn Instr" 21(1):22-33, 2011). To enhance that approach, error-explanation prompts and an adaptable feedback…
Descriptors: Error Patterns, Error Correction, Prompting, Diagnostic Teaching
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Silseth, Kenneth – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
In this article, I analyze teachers' use of students' everyday knowledge and experiences as resources for learning in educational dialogues. By analyzing video data of teachers' attempts to contextualize instruction in naturalistic settings in a lower secondary school, I examine how teachers use such resources to support and guide student…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Prior Learning, Learning Processes, Concept Formation
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Rau, Martina A. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
To learn content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math domains, students need to make connections among visual representations. This article considers two kinds of connection-making skills: (1) "sense-making skills" that allow students to verbally explain mappings among representations and (2) "perceptual…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Processes, Chemistry, Visual Aids
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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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