Powerful environments for promoting deep conceptual and strategic learning

Lieven Verschaffel (Author), M. Valcke (Author), E. De Corte (Author), G. Kanselaar (Author),

Series: Studia Paedagogica 41

Category: Education

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058674692

Publication date: August 22, 2005

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Number of pages: 258

Size: 240 x 160 x 20 mm

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Over the past years a substantial amount of research has been undertaken relating to the development of powerful learning environments for the acquisition in students of worthwhile educational objectives focussing on conceptual understanding, higher-order cognitive and metacognitive skills, and self-regulated learning. This research has been mainly undertaken from three distinct perspectives in the study of learning and instruction, namely instructional psychology, instructional technology, and instructional design. Against this background a “research community” involving 14 European research teams has been initiated with the aim of interactively contributing to the advancement of theory and methodology relating to the design, implementation, and evaluation of powerful learning environments. This volume constitutes a collective output of this research community, focussing on the identification and analysis of major components and dimensions of powerful learning environments aimed at the promotion of deep conceptual and strategic learning in major domains of school curricula, like mathematics, physics, history, and social sciences. In Part I of the volume three chapters present general perspectives on the central theme of the third workshop. In Part II six studies are reported wherein novel learning environments for elementary and secondary mathematics education have been designed, implemented and evaluated. In Part III of the volume another set of five investigations is presented relating to the design, implementation and evaluation of powerful learning environments in other subject-matter domains and in teacher training.


Part I: General perspectives
1. The problem of knowledge in the design of learning environments
S. Vosniadou

2. On learning environments that foster subject-matter competence
A.H. Schoenfeld

3. Engagement in learning: Designing learning environments that are really used
T. de Jong

Part II: Promoting deep conceptual and strategic learning in mathematics
4. Does social interaction influence 3-year-old children’s tendency to focus on numerosity? A quasi-experimental study in day care
M.M. Hannula, A. Mattinen, and E. Lehtinen

5. Using mathematical symbols at the beginning of the arithmetical and algebraic learning
A. Fagnant, J. Vlassis, and M. Crahay

6. Collaboration in small group mathematics problem solving: A case study
G.H.J. Seegers and D.J. Hoek

7. Remedying secondary school students’ illusion of linearity: Developing and evaluating a powerful learning environment
W. Van Dooren, D. De Bock, A. Hessels, D. Janssens and L. Verschaffel

8. Improving procedural transfer in mathematics with interactive animations
P. Gerjets, K. Scheiter, and R. Catrambone

9. Teaching percentages in the primary school: A four country comparative study
F. Depaepe, E. De Corte, P. Op ‘t Eynde, and L. Verschaffel

Part III: Promoting deep conceptual and strategic learning in other major curricular domains
10. Teaching-learning environments and student learning in electronic engeneering
N. Entwistle, J. Nisbet, and A. Bromage

11. Learner control over information presentation in powerful electronic learning environments used in physics education
L. Kester, P.A. Kirschner, and G. Corbalán-Pérez

12. The impact of external graphical representations in different knowledge domains: Is there a domain specific effect?
K. De Westelinck and M. Valcke

13. Using representational tools to support historical reasoning in CSCL
G. Kanselaar, C. van Boxtel, and J. van Drie

List of contributors

Lieven Verschaffel

M. Valcke

E. De Corte

G. Kanselaar

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