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Quintana, Chris; Reiser, Brian J.; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Krajcik, Joseph; Fretz, Eric; Duncan, Ravit Golan; Kyza, Eleni; Edelson, Daniel; Soloway, Elliot – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2004
The notion of scaffolding learners to help them succeed in solving problems otherwise too difficult for them is an important idea that has extended into the design of scaffolded software tools for learners. However, although there is a growing body of work on scaffolded tools, scaffold design, and the impact of scaffolding, the field has not yet…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Computer Software, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Science Education
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Edelson, Daniel C.; Gordin, Douglas N.; Pea, Roy D. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 1999
Describes five significant challenges to implementing inquiry-based learning. Presents strategies for addressing them through the design of technology and curriculum. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Resnick, Mitchel; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 1998
Argues that role-playing activities can be a powerful tool in mathematics and science education, particularly in the new sciences of complexity (i.e., the study of complex systems). Two role-playing activities are described, each designed to help students develop better intuitions on how complex phenomena can arise from simple interactions, and…
Descriptors: Decentralization, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Learning Activities