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Bass, Hyman – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017
Mathematicians commonly distinguish two modes of work in the discipline: "Problem solving," and "theory building." Mathematics education offers many opportunities to learn problem solving. This paper explores the possibility, and value, of designing instructional activities that provide supported opportunities for students to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Instructional Design, Mathematics
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Swanson, Hillary; Clarke-Midura, Jody – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2021
The importance of engaging students in disciplinary practices of science is widely acknowledged and well researched. What is less understood is how to assess students' development of these practices. In particular, there is a need for understanding how formative assessment and feedback practices can be integrated into classroom instruction in ways…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Science Education, Science Instruction
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Weiss, Michael; Herbst, Patricio – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015
Although mathematical practice has traditionally valued two distinct kinds of mathematical work--referred to by Gowers (2000) as theory building and problem solving--activity in classrooms appears to be organized largely around the latter, rather than the former. This study takes up the question of whether there is a customary role for theory…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Role
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Lin, Feng – Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 2018
Building on Carey and Smith's work on epistemology of science, this study characterized elementary students' scientific epistemology from the role-of-idea and theory-building perspective. The participants included 102 elementary students in Hong Kong. Open-ended questions and coding schemes were developed to examine and characterize their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Epistemology
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Lin, Feng; Chan, Carol K. K. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2018
This study characterized students' online collaborative discourse from a theory-building perspective and examined its relation to epistemic and conceptual understanding. Fifty-two fifth graders' Knowledge Forum discussions on electricity were analysed. Discourse moves were coded within the inquiry threads, and two key epistemic patterns were…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Energy, Discourse Analysis, Cooperative Learning
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Cooper, William H. – Management Teaching Review, 2019
Teaching our successors about the art of theory building can be a challenge. If you have taught a theory-building course in any of our fields, you may have experienced a common hazard: The seminar can devolve into yet another methods course when the more methodologically inclined take over, focusing the class's attention on the flaws in tests of…
Descriptors: Theories, Business Administration Education, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Kinard, Tim; Gainer, Jesse – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
What is realia and theory-building? Tim Kinard and Jesse Gainer explain that when students explore using "realia," they are not just being exposed to abstract concepts or text on a page, they are using "real-life" objects to build understandings of the natural world while they builds vocabulary about it. Handling and discussing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English (Second Language), Preschool Children, Hands on Science
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Chen, Bodong – Journal of Learning Analytics, 2015
In this commentary on Van Leeuwen (2015, this issue), I explore the relation between theory and practice in learning analytics. Specifically, I caution against adhering to one specific theoretical doctrine while ignoring others, suggest deeper applications of cognitive load theory to understanding teaching with analytics tools, and comment on…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Theory Practice Relationship, Learning Theories
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Lin, Feng; Chan, Carol K. K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study examined the role of computer-supported knowledge-building discourse and epistemic reflection in promoting elementary-school students' scientific epistemology and science learning. The participants were 39 Grade 5 students who were collectively pursuing ideas and inquiry for knowledge advance using Knowledge Forum (KF) while studying a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Reio, Thomas G., Jr. – Human Resource Development Review, 2010
The need for more theory building scholarship remains one of the pressing issues in the field of HRD. Researchers can employ quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods to support vital theory-building efforts, understanding however that each approach has its limitations. The purpose of this article is to explore common method variance bias as…
Descriptors: Theories, Bias, Labor Force Development, Research Methodology
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Tran, Henry; Smith, Douglas A. – NASSP Bulletin, 2020
Many school employers struggle with teacher turnover challenges despite their use of wide-ranging teacher retention initiatives. Emphasizing a new Talent Centered Education Leadership approach, this article relies on a theory-building methodology that leverages the theories of career choice and Herzberg's motivation-hygiene, empirical literature…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Human Resources, Personnel Management
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Myran, Steve; Masterson, Marie – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2021
Given the predictive nature of high-quality early childhood programs on children's social and learning outcomes, effective leadership is critical to facilitate program improvement. Recognizing the need for cohesive conceptual frameworks that undergird research-based practice, a 5-year training institute for early childhood program directors was…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Administrators, Leadership Training
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Warr, Melissa; Mishra, Punya; Scragg, Ben – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2020
Theoretical work is essential to the progress of any discipline. Theories, models, and frameworks are underdetermined representations of a phenomenon that help us understand and take action in a domain. However, the field of learning design and technology (LDT) has traditionally struggled with developing a solid theoretical foundation that is…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Educational Theories, Problem Based Learning
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Scheiner, Thorsten – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2020
A great deal of progress has been made in dealing with the multiplicity and diversity of theories in mathematics education. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the opportunities offered by conflicts, tensions, and paradoxes among accepted yet opposing theoretical perspectives for theory building and theory advancement. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Conflict, Perspective Taking, Theories
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Nimon, Kim; Reio, Thomas G., Jr. – Human Resource Development Review, 2011
This article describes why measurement invariance is a critical issue to quantitative theory building within the field of human resource development. Readers will learn what measurement invariance is and how to test for its presence using techniques that are accessible to applied researchers. Using data from a LibQUAL+[TM] study of user…
Descriptors: Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Social Theories, Reliability
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