Three Women in a Parlor
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Fostering computer supported collaborative learning with cooperation scripts and scaffolds
The study investigates collaborative learning of small groups via text-based computer-mediated communication. We analyzed how two approaches to pre-structure communication influence participation, individual knowledge transfer, the convergence of participation and the convergence of knowledge among peers. We varied the factor scripted cooperation and the factor scaffolding in a 2x2-design. 105 university students of Educational Psychology participated. Results show that scripted cooperation was
Toward a social pedagogy of classroom group work
Abstract In any classroom, pupils will be drawn together for many purposes and we can refer to such within classroom contexts as ‘groupings’. The teacher often creates these, and the way that they are set up, and how they are used for particular learning purposes. If the relationships between grouping size, interaction type and learning tasks in groups are planned strategically then learning experiences will be more effective. However, research suggests that the relationships between these e
Developing group work in everyday classrooms: an introduction to the special issue
This Special Issue is designed to give an outlet to recent and substantive research on group work in classrooms, drawing from lead researchers from a number of different countries. The Issue is timely in terms of educational policy and practice. In a number of countries, educational reforms have been introduced with the intention of raising educational standards. Recommendations for group work have figured in policies on the implementation of curricula in classrooms, but these are not generally
Conservation Ecology: Lessons from the physics education reform effort
Starting in 1992, introductory physics students at Indiana University were pre- and post-tested on their knowledge of general physics. Some students received standard classes of lectures and tests, while others were taught using interactive engagement (IE) techniques. The goal of the study was this: can IE methods increase the effectiveness of introductory mechanics courses? Though the study focused on physics and mechanics specifically, the techniques used can be applied in teaching other scien
This site from SERC describes ConcepTests, which are conceptual multiple-choice questions that were originally designed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University for students in large physics classes. ConcepTests are generally short, and as they are multiple-choice, they are useful for immediate quantitative assessment of student understanding. It may be useful to the instructor to know how many correct responses there are to a question both before and after peer instruction to better gauge student un
Calibrated Peer Review: web-based writing and peer review.
Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a Web-based program that enables frequent writing assignments even in large classes with limited instructional resources. CPR can reduce the time an instructor now spends reading and assessing student writing. This CPR website allows users to login and use the web-based CPR program online. Users can access overview information of the CPR program, software requirement s and features, and CPR support. The site also has an assignment library, tour of the program, a l
Earth System Science in a Nutshell
This Starting Point module describes what Earth System Science is and why it is useful to employ the Earth System Science perspective in teaching the geosciences. There is information about the different spheres in the system and how they interact. The module also provides links to relevant learning resources and example classes that employ the ESS approach.
External Symmetry of Crystals, 32 Crystal Classes
This site is a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson from Tulane University that explores the 32 possible combinations of symmetry operations that define the external symmetry of crystals. The lecture defines the six crystal systems (triclinic, monoclinic, orthorhombic, tetragonal, hexagonal, and isometric) and explains the derivation of the Hermann-Mauguin symbols (also called the international symbols) used to describe the crystal classes from the symmetry content. Tables and illustrations accompany t
Legacies: Shri Krupa Dance Foundation
Dancer, teacher and choreographer Vishal Ramani discusses her 30 years in the Bay Area developing the Shri Krupa Dance Foundation, a non-profit center that offers daily classes on the complex tradition of Bharata Natyam. This Educator Guide is about the Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam and its traditions and practices.
The module contains the following levels: The Origin of Malaria Antimalarial Drug Classes Indications for the Blood Schizonticides Indications for the Various Antimalarial Drugs Mechanisms of Action Blood Schizonticide Toxicity Toxicity of Various Antimalarial Agents Useful Information Sites of Action Terminology Epidemiology Complete Assessment of Antimalarial Drugs
Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.
M&M Model for Radioactive Decay
In this activity the concepts of probability and exponential decay are demonstrated using M&M candy. The activity is appropriate for small classes (less than 40 students) that have already been introduced to half life and decay. The site provides detailed teaching instructions and tips, and links to similar activities for various class sizes.
Sleeping Beauty: Awakening the American Dream
Americans today may be perplexed and confused about the way America is perceived in the world. They may feel like Josef K in Kafka's 'The Trial': "Someone must have laid false accusations against Josef K because one morning he was arrested without having done anything wrong." Accusations against America have spread into a global phenomenon, crossing boarders, classes, religions, and generations. A Pew Trust research poll in 2005 concluded that anti-Americanism is deeper and broader than at any t
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Social studies teachers will find that the film presents an informative, complex and issue-oriented story that raises controversial questions and provides an exciting way to introduce a number of important concepts in 20th century United States and world history. It offers an opportunity to explore the historical background of current events and issues in the news today; the Middle East crisis, the struggle of developing nations to create stable economies and democratic governments, the legacy o
New York: A Documentary Film
Thirteen's Educational Publishing Department prepares educational kits to accompany certain television programming. These guides are available in print and, electronically, as PDFs (Portable Document Format), through the Web. This Teacher's Guide accompanies the program NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM. The guide is intended to help use the film as a supplement to junior-high and high-school social-studies courses. Selected activities may also be used in language arts, music, and art classes. Key th
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
This lesson plan deals with the Ancient Near East, early civilization, and early Israelite history. Use maps to explore principal geographic features of the region and to trace migration, and compare the biblical story of the flood with a similar account in the Epic of Gilgamesh. All activities focus on key concepts explored in Heritage. Lesson plans have been designed to allow teachers to select activities appropriate to the grade levels of their classes. Each plan includes teacher's resource p
Inclusive Education Units
Resources include a guide proposing six programmes for parents, teachers and community workers dealing with deaf children in their everyday life; units to help teachers who already have children with ‘special needs’ in their classes and teachers who have limited experience of such children. There is also a specialized booklet intended to help teachers, school administrators, and education officials to effectively manage students in the classroom by giving non-violent ways to deal with behavi
Handbook for Teachers of Multi-Grade Classes: Improving Performance at the Primary Level
Multi-grade classes and single teacher schools have made it possible for many children in remote rural areas and communities to access education. However, the teachers teaching in these environments rarely receive training in how to deal with and manage the large numbers of pupils, of different ages and levels of learning, that they confront in their classes. These tools can assist teachers in this regard. This handbook comprises ten units, each one consisting of common experiences, case studies
Pittsburgh Workers School;Marx; Lenin;Flyer promoting the Workers school's schedule of classes for the spring term 1938; includes class descriptions, registration information, tuition fees, methods of teaching and studying, and an application card.