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Soysal, Yilmaz – Learning: Research and Practice, 2021
This study intended to explore elementary and middle school science teachers' metadiscourse moves (MDMs) in Vygotskian perspective. MDMs indicates teacher-led attempts to cognitively engage students in classroom's verbal occurrences. Participants of the study were 71 fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade students and their science teachers (two females,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis
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Cheng, Maurice M. W.; Danielsson, Kristina; Lin, Angel M. Y. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This paper examines the roles of multimodality and thematic patterns in the teaching of the particle model of matter. Although the particle model is a fundamental topic in science education, there is no consensus on (1) whether or not the model should be introduced in early grades and (2) how to introduce the model to students for the very first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Learning Modalities, Grade 3
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Soysal, Yilmaz – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This study presents an in-depth exploration of the types of discursive functions of teacher questioning and the potential cognitive correspondences embedded in the questioning. The participants were a science teacher and his class of 26 sixth-grade students who were engaged in an immersion science inquiry activity. The major data source was a…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Questioning Techniques
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Ioannou, Kalia; Iordanou, Kalypso – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
The present study explores possible relations between students' epistemic perspective, learning strategies and text comprehension. In Study 1, 79 sixth graders completed paper-and-pencil instruments to measure their epistemic perspective and learning strategies. Students' epistemic perspective was assessed using a scenario-based instrument, the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Epistemology, Student Attitudes, Learning Strategies
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Kuhn, Deanna; Moore, Wendy – Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
We report on an extended effort to introduce and evaluate argumentation as a stand-alone component of the middle-school curriculum. The dialogic-focused curriculum continued over two school years and from a research perspective benefitted from the availability of a closely-matched comparison group who participated in a parallel but non-dialogic…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Core Curriculum, Middle Schools, Middle School Students