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Shoval, Ella – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Unlike studies on cooperative learning that have focused on the verbal communication aspect of learning, this study focuses on the non-verbal aspect--mindful movement, which is the use of body movement to aid academic learning. Our research examined the link between five learning activities occurring within a cooperative group of children using…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Verbal Communication, Learning Activities
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Wetter, Olive Emil; Koerner, Fritz; Schwaninger, Adrian – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
In a retrospective study, we compared school performance of 53 children practicing music (group 1) with 67 controls not practicing music (group 2). Overall average marks as well as average marks of all school subjects except sports were significantly higher in children who do (group 1) than in those who do not practice music (group 2). In a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Music, Academic Achievement, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Kicken, Wendy; Brand-Gruwel, Saskia; van Merrienboer, Jeroen; Slot, Wim – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
In on-demand education, students often experience problems with directing their own learning processes. A Structured Task Evaluation and Planning Portfolio (STEPP) was designed to help students develop 3 basic self-directed learning skills: Assessing the quality of own performance, formulating learning needs, and selecting future learning tasks. A…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Independent Study, Learning Processes, Learner Controlled Instruction
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Gijbels, David; Segers, Mien; Struyf, Elke – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2008
Recent research shows that, as students interpret the demands of the assessment tasks, they vary their approaches to learning in order to cope with the assessment tasks. Three research questions are central in the present paper: (1) Do students who participate in a constructivist learning environment change their perception of assessment demands…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Learning Strategies, Questionnaires