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Journal of Research in Science Teaching Vol. 52, No. 1 (January 2015) pp. 6–35
Orchestrating inquiry-based science learning in the classroom is a complex undertaking. It requires fitting the culture of the classroom with the teacher's teaching and inquiry practices. To understand the interactions between these variables...
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 36, No. 5 (September 2008) pp. 409–430
Trying to understand the complexity of computer-mediated problem-based learning environments is not easy. Sociocultural theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding such environments because it emphasizes the socially situated nature of ...
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education Vol. 10, No. 5 (October 2014) pp. 405–413
Understanding ecosystems is challenging, but important for becoming environmentally-literate citizens of today's society. People have difficulty considering how different components, mechanisms, and phenomena, both visible and invisible, are...
An Assessment of Students' Understanding of Ecosystem Concepts: Conflating Ecological Systems and Cycles
Applied Environmental Education and Communication Vol. 8, No. 1 (2009) pp. 40–48
Teaching ecological concepts in schools is important in promoting natural science and environmental education for young learners. Developing educational programs is difficult, however, because of complicated ecological processes operating on...
Design and Reflection Help Students Develop Scientific Abilities: Learning in Introductory Physics Laboratories
Eugenia Etkina; Anna Karelina; Maria Ruibal-Villasenor; David Rosengrant; Rebecca Jordan; Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver
Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 19, No. 1 (2010) pp. 54–98
Design activities, when embedded in an inquiry cycle and appropriately scaffolded and supplemented with reflection, can promote the development of the habits of mind (scientific abilities) that are an important part of scientific practice. Through...
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education Vol. 11, No. 18 (2016) pp. 11127–11148
This study examines to what extent students transferred their knowledge from a familiar aquatic ecosystem to an unfamiliar rainforest ecosystem after participating in a technology-rich inquiry curriculum. We coded students' drawings for components...
Swaroop S. Vattam; Ashok K. Goel; Spencer Rugaber; Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver; Rebecca Jordan; Steven Gray; Suparna Sinha
Educational Technology & Society Vol. 14, No. 1 (2011) pp. 66–81
Artificial intelligence research on creative design has led to Structure-Behavior-Function (SBF) models that emphasize functions as abstractions for organizing understanding of physical systems. Empirical studies on understanding complex systems...