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Research Highlight: The International Handbook of the Learning Sciences

International Handbook of the Learning Sciences

New publication: The International Handbook of the Learning Sciences 

How can we improve education?

The last 30 years have seen great advances by looking at learning scientifically, and from many disciplinary perspectives.

Why are some things harder to learn than others? How can technology help, or hinder? What happens in the brain when we learn? How can we track, monitor, and assess learning over time? Does our social environment influence our learning? What are implications for government policy?

To see what the latest research is saying about questions like these, check out the International Handbook of the Learning Sciences, co-edited by our co-director Professor Peter Reimann.

The International Handbook of the Learning Sciences is a comprehensive collection of international perspectives on this interdisciplinary field. In more than 50 chapters, leading experts synthesize past, current, and emerging theoretical and empirical directions for learning sciences research. The three sections of the handbook capture, respectively: foundational contributions from multiple disciplines and the ways in which the learning sciences has fashioned these into its own brand of use-oriented theory, design, and evidence; learning sciences approaches to designing, researching, and evaluating learning broadly construed; and the methodological diversity of learning sciences research, assessment, and analytic approaches. This pioneering collection is the definitive volume of international learning sciences scholarship and an essential text for scholars in this area.


Foreword, Janet L. Kolodner 1. Introduction, Frank Fischer, Susan R. Goldman, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver and Peter Reimann

 I. Historical Foundations and Theoretical Orientations of the Learning Sciences 

2. A Short History of the Learning Sciences, Christopher Hoadley 

3. Epistemic Cognition and Epistemological Development, Clark Chinn and William Sandoval 

4. Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspective on Learning: Tensions and Synergy in the Learning Sciences, Joshua A. Danish and Melissa Gresalfi 

5. Apprenticeship Learning, Julia Eberle

 6. Expertise, Peter Reimann and Lina Markauskaite 

7. Cognitive Neuroscience Foundations for the Learning Sciences, Sashank Varma, Soo-hyun Im, Astrid Schmied, Kasey Michel and Keisha Varma 

8. Embodied Cognition in Learning and Teaching: Action, Observation and Imagination, Martha W. Alibali and Mitchell J. Nathan

9. Learning from Multiple Sources in a Digital Society, Susan R. Goldman and Saskia Brand-Gruwel 

10. Multiple Representations and Multimedia Learning, Shaaron Ainsworth 

11. Learning Within and Beyond the Disciplines, Leslie R. Herrenkohl and Joseph L. Polman 

12. Motivation, Engagement, and Interest: "In the End, It Came Down to You and How You Think of the Problem", K. Ann Renninger, Yanyan Ren and Heidi M. Kern 

13. Contemporary Perspectives of Regulated Learning in Collaboration, Sanna Järvelä, Allyson Hadwin, Jonna Malmberg and Mariel Miller 

14. Collective Knowledge Construction, Ulrike Cress and Joachim Kimmerle 

15. Learning at Work: Social Practices and Units of Analysis, Sten Ludvigsen and Monika Nerland 

16. Complex Systems and the Learning Sciences: Implications for Learning, Theory, and Methodologies, Susan A. Yoon 

II. Learning Environments: Designing, Researching, Evaluating 

17. 4C/ID in the Context of Instructional Design and the Learning Sciences, Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer and Paul A. Kirschner 

18. Classroom Orchestration, Pierre Dillenbourg, Luis P. Prieto and Jennifer K. Olsen 

19. Research on Scaffolding in the Learning Sciences: A Methodological Perspective, Iris Tabak and Eleni A. Kyza 

20. Example-based Learning, Tamara van Gog and Nikol Rummel 

21. Learning through Problem Solving, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Manu Kapur and Miki Hamstra 

22. Inquiry Learning and Opportunities for Technology, Marcia C. Linn, Kevin W. McElhaney, Libby Gerard and Camillia Matuk, 

23. Supporting Informal STEM Learning with Technological Exhibits: An Ecosystemic Approach, Leilah Lyons 

24. Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Arthur C. Graesser, Xiangen Hu and Robert Sottilare 

25. Simulation, Games, and Modeling Tools for Learning, Ton de Jong, Ard Lazonder, Margus Pedaste and Zacharias Zacharia 

26. Supporting Teacher Learning through Design, Technology, and Open Educational Resources, Mimi Recker and Tamara Sumner 

27. Games in the Learning Sciences: Reviewing Evidence from Playing and Making Games for Learning, Deborah A. Fields and Yasmin B. Kafai 

28. The Maker Movement and Learning, Erica Halverson and Kylie Peppler 

29. Knowledge Building: Theory, Design and Analysis, Carol K. K. Chan and Jan van Aalst

30. Collective Inquiry in Communities of Learners, James D. Slotta, Rebecca Quintana and Tom Moher 

31. Computer-Supported Argumentation and Learning, Baruch Schwarz 

32. Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Heisawn Jeong and Kylie Hartley 

33. Scaffolding and Scripting (Computer-Supported) Collaborative Learning, Ingo Kollar, Christof Wecker and Frank Fischer 

34. Group Awareness Tools for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Daniel Bodemer, Jeroen Janssen and Lenka Schnaubert 

35. Mobile Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Chee-Kit Looi and Lung-Hsiang Wong 

36. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Rich Landscapes of Learning: A Learning Sciences Perspective, Gerhard Fischer 

III. Research, Assessment, and Analytic Methods 

37. Design-Based Research (DBR), Sadhana Puntambekar 

38. Design-Based Implementation Research, Barry Fishman and William Penuel 

39. Participatory Design and the Learning Sciences, Kimberley Gomez, Eleni Kyza and Nicole Mancevice 

40. Assessment of and for Learning, James W. Pellegrino 

41. Learning Progressions, Ravit G. Duncan and Ann E. Rivet 

42. Measuring Competencies, Stefan Ufer and Knut Neumann 

43. Mixed Methods Research as a Pragmatic Toolkit: Understanding versus Fixing Complexity in the Learning Sciences, Filitsa Dingyloudi and Jan-Willem Strijbos 

44. Multivocal Analysis: Multiple Perspectives in Analyzing Interaction, Kristine Lund and Daniel Suthers 

45. Ethnomethodology: Studying the Practical Achievement of Intersubjectivity, Timothy Koschmann 

46. Interactional Ethnography, Judith L. Green and Susan M. Bridges 

47. Video Research Methods for Learning Scientists: State of the Art and Future Directions, Sharon J. Derry, Lana M. Minshew, Kelly Barber-Lester and Rebekah Duke 

48. Quantifying Qualities of Collaborative Learning Processes, Freydis Vogel and Armin Weinberger 

49. Learning Analytics in the Learning Sciences, Carolyn P. Rosé 

50. Epistemic Network Analysis: Understanding Learning by Using Big Data for Thick Description, David W. Shaffer 

51. Selecting Statistical Methods for the Learning Sciences and Reporting their Results, Bram De Wever and Hilde Van Keer

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