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by Kristy Stein, Andrew Miness & Tara Kintz — 2018
The authors use cognitive flexibility theory to theoretically and empirically explore the relationship between how high school teachers understand student engagement and their ability to consistently engage students in class. Using three years of data from annual student surveys and teacher focus groups, they find that teachers whom students rated as being more engaging tended to illustrate more cognitive flexibility in how they spoke and thought about engagement.

by Marcel Veenman — 2017
This article describes the nature of metacognitive skills, how deficiencies in the application of metacognitive skills can be assessed through on-line methods, and how explicit metacognitive instruction of WWW&H (what, when, why, & how) can be implemented in an effective way.

by Susanne Lajoie & Eric Poitras — 2017
This article reviews recent advances in research by members of the Learning Environments Across Disciplines partnership on the design of adaptive technology-rich learning environments as cognitive, metacognitive, and affective tools. In particular, we examine the use of convergent methodologies and how the design guidelines of the learning environments are grounded in instructional theories and empirical evidence.

by Anna Graeber, Kristie Newton & Marylin Chambliss — 2012
This article explores challenges in seeking to characterize and compare high-quality mathematics and reading instruction. Using the construct of cognitive demand, we share data illustrating the challenges and our attempts to overcome them.

by Daric Desautel — 2009
This article explores how several classroom practices can promote self-reflection and metacognition among elementary students. When built into the existing curriculum, activities such as directed goal-setting, practice with language prompts, written self-reflections, and posttask oral conversations are shown to enrich the learning process by increasing students' awareness of themselves as learners.

by George Mitru, Dan Millrood & Jason Mateika — 2002
A discussion of the benefits of adjusting school schedules to respond to the needs of adolescents for more sleep.

by Ray McDermott — 2001
This paper offers an analysis of Mead’s contributions and contradictions in two sections, one on her ethnography, the other on her legacy applied to the problems of education in the contemporary United States, particularly her rarely noticed contributions to a theory of learning.

by Ashgar Iran-Nejad & Madeleine Gregg — 2001
The article discusses a brain-mind-cycle theory of critical reflection, learning, and wholetheme education. Application of the theory is illustrated with data from an experimental wholetheme teacher education program.

by John Ross — 1995
This article reviews research on teacher efficacy, concluding that teachers who believe they are effective set more challenging goals for themselves and their students, take responsibility for student outcomes, and persist when faced with obstacles to learning. The article suggests that efforts to improve schools should include attention to teacher efficacy.

by David Carr — 1991
Examines the shared cognitive dimensions of cultural institutions like museums, libraries, and parks, suggesting they make similar situations for transmitting information. This article encourages a critical understanding of public cultural institutions to enlarge the potential for discourse about their analysis and criticism. Heuristic questions for understanding cultural institutions are presented.

by Laura Martin & Sylvia Scribner — 1991
This study investigated how new technology affects the working procedures and mental activity of industrial machinists, examining how machinists learn to use computer numerical control technology. Results indicate areas of cognitive difference requiring further study (e.g., differences in conceptualization, formalization, and perspective, and shifts to logical cues from sensory ones).

by Francis Schrag — 1989
This article argues that attempts to identify criteria that mark out higher-order thinking and distinguish it from lower-order thinking are still far from satisfactory. Bloom's cognitive hierarchy is discussed, as are the characteristics of higher-order thinking assembled by Resnick.

by Robert Sternberg & Marie Martin — 1988
This article offers four models of what may be going wrong in the transmission of thinking skills from textbooks and teachers to students. Sources of the problem are identified and possible solutions, alternatives, and strategies of "teaching for thinking" are described.

by John Black, Karen Swan & Daniel Schwartz — 1988
A study in which Logo programming was used to teach problem-solving skills to fourth to eighth grade students is described.

by Stephen Norris & Linda Phillips — 1987
The verbalized thinking of two sixth grade children while reading is analyzed using schema theory. An outline of a critical thinking theory is given and contrasted with schema theory. Conclusions for reading theoreticians are discussed.

by John Raven — 1987
This article argues that the promotion of cognitive development in children is a heavily value-laden enterprise and that educators need to understand this so they can value and nurture an appropriate diversity of competencies in children.

by Madeleine Grumet — 1985
Curriculum not only brings purpose to the reading process by providing a ground for intentionality, it also provides another stage where the possible worlds that the text points to can be identified and experienced as good places for grazing.

by Kieran Egan — 1985
The author’s purpose here is to argue that imagination is a powerful and neglected tool of learning, and that we need to rethink our teaching practices and curricula with a more balanced appreciation of children’s intellectual capacities.

by Maxine Greene — 1985
A reponse to Egan's article, Imagination and Learning. Though in agreement on the lack of an adequate account of educational development, the authors are not in total agreement on the nature of imagination, the meaning of the concrete, or the abstract categories or conceptual tools that (for Egan) account for children’s comprehension of fantasy stories.

by Kieran Egan — 1985
The author replies to Greene's response to his article, Imagination and Learning.

by Iona Ginsburg — 1982
The views of Jean Piaget and Rudolf Steiner concerning children's stages of development are compared and related to present-day instructional practices used in the Waldorf schools, which employ Steiner's ideas. Educational principles and practices used at the elementary school level are discussed.

by Kieran Egan — 1982
Jean Piaget's belief that children's developmental levels largely determine what they can learn is challenged. Research concerning the existence of cognitive structures in children is critiqued, and problems with administering Piagetian tasks are pointed out. Educators should not restrict children's exposure to learning because, according to Piagetian criteria, they are not ready.

by Morris Eson & Sean Walmsley — 1980
The terms "cognitive" and "psycholinguistic" may have come to suffer from the phenomenon known as semantic satiation, that is, a loss of meaning resulting from constant repetition. It would be useful, therefore, to consider the range of meanings of these terms at the outset of our discussion.

by David Elkind — 1980
From the earliest days of psychology as a science there have been two rather different approaches to human intelligence. One of these, the developmental approach, has been concerned with adolescent thought as a special type of mental activity worthy of study in its own right. The other, the psychometric approach, has with few exceptions seen adolescent thought as continuous with intelligence in general and, therefore, undeserving of any special attention. Before turning to the developmental approach, which will be the focus of concern for this chapter, we need to compare the two positions to put the developmental position in proper perspective.

by Timothy Teyler — 1978
The human brain is probably the most complexly organized matter in the universe. Unravelling its mysteries has occupied the minds of scientists from a variety of disciplines. The three most basic disciplines upon which the brain sciences rest are anatomy, physiology, and chemistry. Each of the individuals in these disciplines is seeking to answer the question, what is the brain and how does it function?

by Allan Mirsky — 1978
We may define attention, for the purposes of this chapter, as a focussing of consciousness or awareness on some part of the multitude of stimuli from the environment, usually on the basis of learning or training. The study of attention or of the attentive process in neuropsychology includes all of the events from the impinging of stimuli on the receptor organs of the body (including but not limited to the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin) through the central processing of the information in the brain, to the final expression of the process, usually in some motor or muscular act.

by M. C. Wittrock — 1978
Since the days of ancient Greece and Rome, the art of teaching has been influenced by knowledge and beliefs about learning, memory, and related functions of the human brain. Aristotle believed that we remember information only by forming images of it; and that we recall these images by ordering them in sequence, associating them with one another according to the principles of similarity, contrast, and contiguity.

by Sebastian Grossman — 1978
A discussion of the biological basis of motivation is complicated by the fact that there is little agreement among contemporary psychologists about the functional significance of the theoretical construct "motivation." Some believe that motivational processes serve quite specific "directing" functions essential for the organization of behaviors which are likely to correct a "need" (such as energy, water, and so forth), promote the survival of the individual (that is, avoidance or aggression of a potential enemy) or survival of the species (that is, the location and persuasion of a mate, nest building, rearing of young, and so forth).

by Kenneth Heilman — 1978
The purpose of this chapter is to provide the educator with some fundamental understanding of the neuropsychological processes underlying language. Although educators are not likely to be called on to use this knowledge in a clinical setting, I believe an understanding of the neuropsychological processes underlying behavior is essential for teachers. Learning disorders are common problems, and understanding how the brain works has helped investigators develop theories and investigative paradigms that will uncover the pathophysiology of these problems.

by Marcel Kinsbourne & Merrill Hiscock — 1978
Few topics in the neurosciences can match the study of cerebral lateralization in its power to stimulate the imagination of people. Students of a number of disciplines have become captivated by the idea that the right and left halves of the human cerebrum differ in function, and this captivation has led to investigation and to speculation. Some writers have attempted to explain various individual differences among normal people in terms of degree of cerebral dominance or the balance of influence between the hemispheres?

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  • Computers in Human Behavior
    Computers in Human Behavior is a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective. Original theoretical works, research reports, literature reviews, software reviews, book reviews and announcements are published.
  • Cognitivism, Situated Cognition, and Deweyian Pragmatism
  • Developmental Science
    Developmental Science is a top quality journal presenting theory and up-to-the -minute research on scientific developmental psychology. The journal acts as a forum for discussing important developmental science issues from leading thinkers in the field. Developmental Science publishes new scientific findings and in depth empirical studies. It covers aspects of developmental psychology including cognitive and social development and biological, computational and comparative perspectives.
  • Understanding Our Selves: The Science of Cognition (Video Archive)
    Symposium as part of the "Decade of the Brain" events.
  • Instructional Science
    The primary aim of Instructional Science is to promote a deeper understanding of the nature, theory and practice of the instructional process and of the learning to which it gives rise. The journal provides a forum for communication among experts from different disciplines.
  • Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning
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    The journal focuses on the interaction among various fields, such as linguistics, information processing, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, speech and hearing science and education.
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    The Mind, Culture, and Activity Homepage is an interactive forum for a community of interdisciplinary scholars who share an interest in the study of human mind in its cultural and historical contexts.
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