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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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Yoon, Susan A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study extends previous research that explores how visualization affordances that computational tools provide and social network analyses that account for individual- and group-level dynamic processes can work in conjunction to improve learning outcomes. The study's main hypothesis is that when social network graphs are used in instruction,…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Graphs, Visualization, Decision Making
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Zhang, Meilan; Lundeberg, Mary; Eberhardt, Jan – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Engaging teachers in discussing and analyzing problems of practice has great potential for teacher professional development, yet little is known about how to facilitate such discussion. This study examined the strategies that experienced facilitators used to promote productive discussion among science teachers. Participants were 6 facilitators and…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Problem Based Learning, Data Analysis, Science Teachers
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Nussbaum, E. Michael; Edwards, Ordene V. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This article explores the concepts of "critical questions" (from D. N. Walton, 1996) and "integrative" and "refutational argument stratagems" as an approach for teaching argumentation and critical thinking. A study was conducted for 6 months in 3 sections of a 7th-grade social studies classroom in which 30 students discussed and wrote about…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Current Events, Persuasive Discourse, Critical Theory
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White, Tobin; Pea, Roy – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This article presents a designed learning environment intended to engage students in learning about the relationships among multiple representations as they work together on a shared task. Over the course of several extended problem-solving sessions, groups developed several successive alignments of participants and representations as they learned…
Descriptors: Creativity, Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork
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Nemirovsky, Ricardo – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
The goal of this article is to develop a new perspective on transfer of learning integrating cognition, emotion, and bodily experience. It is based on a case study with a 10-year-old girl as she explored the use of a motion detector, allowing for the simultaneous graphing of the position versus time of 2 moving points. The paper elaborates on the…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Phenomenology, Schemata (Cognition), Emotional Response
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Zhang, Jianwei; Hong, Huang-Yao; Scardamalia, Marlene; Teo, Chew Lee; Morley, Elizabeth A. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study explores Knowledge Building as a principle-based innovation at an elementary school and makes a case for a principle- versus procedure-based approach to educational innovation, supported by new knowledge media. Thirty-nine Knowledge Building initiatives, each focused on a curriculum theme and facilitated by nine teachers over eight…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Computer Uses in Education, Knowledge Level, Elementary Schools
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Jackson, Kara – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This article reports on an ethnographic study of a 10-year-old's pursuit of school-based mathematics across school and home to suggest that participating in school-based mathematics is a cross-setting phenomenon in at least 2 ways. First, I illustrate how accomplishing school-based mathematics literally extends into the home and how individuals…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Hammer, David; Gupta, Ayush; Redish, Edward F. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
The authors appreciate Professor Slotta's responding to their critique (Slotta, this issue). For their part, they believe that Professor Slotta has misinterpreted aspects of their position. In this commentary, the authors clarify two particular points. First, they explain their use of "static ontologies," which they maintain applies. Second, they…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Methods, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Slotta, James D. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This article responds to an article by A. Gupta, D. Hammer, and E. F. Redish (2010) that asserts that M. T. H. Chi's (1992, 2005) hypothesis of an "ontological commitment" in conceptual development is fundamentally flawed. In this article, I argue that Chi's theoretical perspective is still very much intact and that the critique offered by Gupta…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Misconceptions, Criticism, Research Methodology
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Clark, Douglas B.; D'Angelo, Cynthia M.; Schleigh, Sharon P. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
This study investigates the ongoing debate in the conceptual change literature between unitary and elemental perspectives on students' knowledge structure coherence. More specifically, the current study explores two potential explanations for the conflicting results reported by Ioannides and Vosniadou (2002)and diSessa, Gillespie, and Esterly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Structures, Physics, Coding
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Habgood, M. P. Jacob; Ainsworth, Shaaron E. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
The concept of "intrinsic motivation" lies at the heart of the user engagement created by digital games. Yet despite this, educational software has traditionally attempted to harness games as extrinsic motivation by using them as a sugar coating for learning content. This article tests the concept of "intrinsic integration" as…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Incentives, Student Motivation, Time on Task
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Schwarz, Baruch B.; Asterhan, Christa S. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
E-moderation has been a common practice in asynchronous discussions of postsecondary courses. We consider here e-moderation of synchronous discussions in the school context. We adopt a design research approach to elaborate an environment, the Argunaut system, that fits the reality of classrooms in which moderation of several small-group…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Synchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology
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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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Roschelle, Jeremy; Bakia, Marianne; Toyama, Yukie; Patton, Charles – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2011
Linking research to a compelling societal interest can build financial commitments to research, bring increased attention to findings, and grow support for scaling up impacts. Among many compelling societal interests that learning scientists can cite--such as increasing the quality of life, preparing citizens to make decisions in a complex world,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Relationship, Economic Progress, Quality of Life
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