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Learning and Instruction

February 2008 Volume 18, Number 1

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Number of articles: 8

  1. The relevance of didactic categories for analysing obstacles in conceptual change: Revisiting the case of multiplication of fractions

    Susanne Prediger

    The theoretical framework of conceptual change has gained growing influence for analysing learning difficulties. The article pleads for combining conceptual change approaches in the learning... More

    pp. 3-17

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  2. Designing for user cognition and affect in software instructions

    Hans van der Meij

    In this paper we examine how to design software instructions for user cognition and affect. A basic and co-user manual are compared. The first provides fundamental support for both; the latter... More

    pp. 18-29

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  3. Manual training of mental rotation in children

    Gunnar Wiedenbauer & Petra Jansen-Osmann

    When deciding whether two stimuli rotated in space are identical or mirror reversed, subjects employ mental rotation to solve the task. In children mental rotation can be trained by extensive... More

    pp. 30-41

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  4. Children's behaviour and cognitions across different balance tasks

    David J. Messer, Karen J. Pine & Cathal Butler

    Children's understanding of the way objects balance has provided important insights about cognitive development [e.g., Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1992). More

    pp. 42-53

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  5. Learning to prove in geometry: Learning from heuristic examples and how it can be supported

    Tatjana S. Hilbert, Alexander Renkl, Stephan Kessler & Kristina Reiss

    This field experiment tested whether a special type of worked-out examples (i.e., heuristic examples) helps learners develop better conceptual knowledge about mathematical proving and proving... More

    pp. 54-65

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  6. Effects of dialogic learning on value-loaded critical thinking

    Stan Frijters, Geert ten Dam & Gert Rijlaarsdam

    Education should endeavour to include the competences that students need to participate in a democratic society in a responsible and adequate way. The crucial question is how this can be realized... More

    pp. 66-82

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  7. Improving the effects of group working in classrooms with young school-aged children: Facilitating attainment, interaction and classroom activity

    Peter Kutnick, Cathy Ota & Lucia Berdondini

    Within primary school classrooms children are often seated in groups but research shows that pupils do not collaborate or learn effectively within these groups. This study is focused on children 5–... More

    pp. 83-95

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  8. What effect do mixed sensory mode instructional formats have on both novice and experienced learners of Chinese characters?

    Kevin K.H. Chung

    The effectiveness of mixed sensory mode presentation for beginning and experienced learners of Chinese characters as second language was investigated. Experiment 1 found that inexperienced 7th... More

    pp. 96-108

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