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DeLiema, David; Enyedy, Noel; Danish, Joshua A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Taking place within the Science Through Technology-Enhanced Play (STEP) design-based research project, this paper describes how first- and second-grade students use their bodies to imaginatively become microscopic particles inside of a collaborative simulation of state change (e.g., liquid to gas) and within two distinct play spaces: a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Play, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Keifert, Danielle; Stevens, Reed – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Understanding children's inquiry often draws on exogenous understanding (i.e., scientists' inquiry, classroom expectations) without first understanding inquiry in children's everyday lives. In contrast, we examine young children's inquiry in their families to better understand their competent engagement in inquiry. Specifically, we develop an…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education
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Clarà, Marc – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
In recent decades, important advances have been made in understanding how discursive symmetry can be achieved in whole-class dialogue. However, very little is known about how this dialogue may progress in the sense of critically linking ideas in coherent lines of collective inquiry. This article investigates this issue by analyzing 4 consecutive…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Inquiry, Cooperative Learning, Semantics
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Holbert, Nathan; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
In this article we propose that educational game design should work to create games as objects-to-think-with--games that engage players in the exploration of and experimentation with personally interesting questions around domain-relevant representations. We argue that this design focuses on developing tools and interactions that the player can…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Educational Games, Video Games, Discovery Learning
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Carlone, Heidi B. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2017
Bent Flyvbjerg (2001), in his book "Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How It Can Succeed Again," argues that social science's aims and methods are currently, and perhaps always will be, ill suited to the type of cumulative and predictive theory that characterizes inquiry and knowledge generation in the natural…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, STEM Education, Identification (Psychology), Intellectual Disciplines
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Sengupta-Irving, Tesha; Enyedy, Noel – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
This article investigates why students reported liking a student-driven learning design better than a highly guided design despite equivalent gains in knowledge assessments in both conditions. We created two learning designs based on the distinction in the literature between student-driven and teacher-led approaches. One teacher assigned each of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Learner Controlled Instruction, Inquiry
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Sharples, Mike; Scanlon, Eileen; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor; Crook, Charles; Jones, Ann; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Littleton, Karen; Mulholland, Paul; O'Malley, Claire – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
A central challenge for science educators is to enable young people to act as scientists by gathering and assessing evidence, conducting experiments, and engaging in informed debate. We report the design of the nQuire toolkit, a system to support scripted personal inquiry learning, and a study of its use with school students ages 11-14. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Inquiry
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Raes, Annelies; Schellens, Tammy; De Wever, Bram – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
As secondary students' interest in science is decreasing, schools are faced with the challenging task of providing adequate instruction to engage students--and more particularly the disadvantaged students--to learn science and improve their science inquiry skills. In this respect, the integration of Web-based collaborative inquiry can be seen as a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Inquiry, Skill Development
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Gobert, Janice D.; Sao Pedro, Michael; Raziuddin, Juelaila; Baker, Ryan S. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
We present a method for assessing science inquiry performance, specifically for the inquiry skill of designing and conducting experiments, using educational data mining on students' log data from online microworlds in the Inq-ITS system (Inquiry Intelligent Tutoring System; www.inq-its.org). In our approach, we use a 2-step process: First we use…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Science Education, Inquiry, Science Process Skills
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Gutwill, Joshua P.; Allen, Sue – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
Field trips to science museums can provide students with educational experiences, particularly when museum programs emphasize scientific inquiry skill building over content knowledge acquisition. We describe the creation and study of 2 programs designed to significantly enhance students' inquiry skills at any interactive science museum exhibit…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Museums, Educational Experience, Inquiry
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O'Mahony, Timothy K.; Vye, Nancy J.; Bransford, John D.; Sanders, Elizabeth A.; Stevens, Reed; Stephens, Richard D.; Richey, Michael C.; Lin, Kuen Y.; Soleiman, Moe K. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
We describe findings from a research partnership involving a global airline manufacturing company (The Boeing Company), and learning scientists and aeronautical engineers from the University of Washington. Our starting point for the partnership focused on an 8-hour introductory composites course that was designed for company employees. In phase…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, On the Job Training, Introductory Courses, Quasiexperimental Design
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Eysink, Tessa H. S.; de Jong, Ton – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2012
This study compared the affordances of 4 multimedia learning environments for specific learning processes. The environments covered the same domain but used different instructional approaches: (a) hypermedia learning, (b) observational learning, (c) self-explanation-based learning, and (d) inquiry learning. Although they all promote an active…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Hypermedia, Educational Environment, Inquiry
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Berland, Leema K. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Research and practice has placed an increasing emphasis on aligning classroom practices with scientific practices such as scientific argumentation. In this paper, I explore 1 challenge associated with this goal by examining how existing classroom practices influence students' engagement in the practice of scientific argumentation. To do so, I…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Educational Environment, Teaching Methods, Middle Schools
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Metz, Kathleen E. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study examines first graders' epistemic reasoning, in tacit "practical epistemologies" reflected in thinking about an investigation of their own design. I analyzed children's epistemic reasoning, following a design experiment scaffolding increasing regulation of scientific inquiry in a domain they studied in depth. Participants…
Descriptors: Investigations, Familiarity, Interviews, Grade 1
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Zhang, Jianwei; Scardamalia, Marlene; Reeve, Richard; Messina, Richard – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2009
This article reports a design experiment conducted over three successive school years, with the teacher's goal of having his Grade 4 students assume increasing levels of collective responsibility for advancing their knowledge of optics. Classroom practices conducive to sustained knowledge building were co-constructed by the teacher and students,…
Descriptors: Optics, Educational Technology, Grade 4, Social Networks
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