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Tytler, Russell; Ferguson, Joseph; White, Peta – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
Increasingly, learning in science and mathematics is considered in terms of induction into the multimodal language practices of the disciplinary community. A strong strand of research in this tradition has involved students being challenged to invent multimodal language forms, and their ideas refined through structured guidance. Often, however,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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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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Walker, Zachary; Hale, James B.; Annabel Chen, Shen-Hsing; Poon, Kenneth – Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
The potential of educational neuroscience in teacher training and continuing professional development has been debated extensively, yet knowledge translation is largely absent in this field. Without objective methods for translating and disseminating educational neuroscience evidence, the impact of training on educators and the children they serve…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Neurosciences, Teacher Education, Educational Needs
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Kwok, F. Y.; Ansari, D. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
This commentary reviews and summarises the strides which neuroscience has made in our present understanding of the development of literacy and numeracy in children. Specifically, it draws attention to key insights from studies which have elucidated the possible neural mechanisms that may account for difficulties in the development of these…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Brain, Literacy, Numeracy
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Jamaludin, Azilawati; Wei Loong, David Hung; Xuan, Lim Pei – Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
Learning is a complex phenomenon where a learner constitutes a system operating at neural, physiological, cognitive and social levels, with interactions between and across processes and levels, effecting neural to cognitive to social levels and vice versa. In tracing historical paradigms, theories of learning have been traditionally fragmented in…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Educational Research, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Cognitive Processes
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Rifkin-Graboi, Anne; Khng, Kiat Hui; Cheung, Pierina; Tsotsi, Stella; Sun, He; Kwok, Fuyu; Yu, Yue; Xie, Huichao; Yang, Yang; Chen, Mo; Ng, Chee Chin; Hu, Pei Lin; Tan, Ngiap Chuan – Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
We suggest that prior to school entry, our earliest "teachers" and "learning settings" --that is, our parents, caregivers, and homes--provide signals about our environmental conditions. In turn, our brains may interpret this information as cues indicating the types of environments we will likely face and adapt accordingly. We…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Experience, Cognitive Development, Brain
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Tobin, Kenneth – Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
I begin with a review of our research on meditation, mindfulness, expressed emotions, and physiological variability while teaching. Then, through the theoretical lenses of polyvagal theory, I examine an event from our ongoing research in which a teacher had very low levels of blood oxygenation. Apparently, her body switched from parasympathetic to…
Descriptors: Role, Metacognition, Life Style, Intervention
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Taylor, Elisabeth (Lily) – Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
Alienation and moral disengagement have been described in the literature as some of the key factors for making some people more vulnerable to violent extremism. In this paper, I explore how mindfulness training, especially when paired with art therapy strategies, has great potential for supporting targeted educational measures for building…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Art Therapy, Violence, Antisocial Behavior
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Reimann, Peter – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper argues that learning analytics (LA) can make contributions to learning research, in addition to aiming for improvements in learning and teaching practices in a solely applied sense. Indeed, there is potential for transforming learning research if certain approaches developed in LA were used more extensively to study learning. The…
Descriptors: Learning, Data Analysis, Educational Research, Longitudinal Studies
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Jan, Mingfong – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper examines two research perspectives on learning--developmental psychology and the learning sciences. We compare and contrast works from two leading researchers--Deanna Kuhn and Ann Brown--as a way to illustrate how questions and research on learning, such as problem-solving, inquiry, metacognition, self-directed learning, are raised and…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Learning Processes, Individual Differences, Cultural Context
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Lodge, Jason M.; Hansen, Louise; Cottrell, David – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
Learning styles have been widely accepted in pedagogical practice but suffer from a distinct lack of empirical support. While a diverse range of learning styles have been proposed, modality preference has received the most attention within educational research and practice. Supporters of this theory posit that each individual has a dominant sense…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Learning Modalities, Preferences, Research Problems
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Renkl, Alexander – Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
In discussions about how to best foster principle-based cognitive skills, there are typically two points of dissent among researchers in the field of learning and instruction: First, should information be provided, as typical of direct instruction, or should this information be generated by the students, as typical of guided discovery or inquiry…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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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