Patterns in children’s online behavior and scientificproblem-solving: A large-N microgenetic study

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Avoiding simplicity,confronting complexity: Advances in studying and designing powerful (computer-based)learning environments [European Association for Research on Learning and InstructionSIG Instructional Design and SIG Learning and Instruction with Computers conference]

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The development of scientific reasoning in children has major implications for science education and, by extension, the public's understanding and production of scientific knowledge. In instructional contexts, reliable assessment of scientific reasoning skills is very difficult because children's strategy use is highly variable, both within and across individuals (Kuhn & Phelps, 1982; Schauble, 1990; Shavelson, Baxter, & Gao, 1993). Thus, it is particularly important to understand the processes by which scientific reasoning develops in order to design effective interventions (Chen & Klahr, 1999).

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