This volume is based on papers presented at the 30th Carnegie Mellon Symposium on Cognition. This particular symposium was conceived in reference to the 1974 symposium entitled Cognition and Instruction. In the 25 years since that symposium, reciprocal relationships have been forged between psychology and education, research and practice, and laboratory and classroom learning contexts. Synergistic advances in theories, empirical findings, and instructional practice have been facilitated by the establishment of new interdisciplinary journals, teacher education courses, funding initiatives, and research institutes. So, with all of this activity, where is the field of cognition and instruction? How much progress has been made in 25 years? What remains to be done? This volume proposes and illustrates some exciting and challenging answers to these questions.
Chapters in this volume describe advances and challenges in four areas, including development and instruction, teachers and instructional strategies, tools for learning from instruction, and social contexts of instruction and learning. Detailed analyses of tasks, subjects' knowledge and processes, and the changes in performance over time have led to new understanding of learners' representations, their use of multiple strategies, and the important role of metacognitive processes. New methods for assessing and tracking the development and elaboration of knowledge structures and processing strategies have yielded new conceptualizations of the process of change. Detailed cognitive analysis of expert teachers, as well as a direct focus on enhancing teachers' cognitive models of learners and use of effective instructional strategies, are other areas that have seen tremendous growth and refinement in the past 25 years. Similarly, the strong impact of curriculum materials and activities based on a thorough cognitive analysis of the task has been extended to the use of technological tools for learning, such as intelligent tutors and complex computer based instructional interfaces. Both the shift to conducting a significant portion of the cognition and instruction research in real classrooms and the increased collaboration between academics and educators have brought the role of the social context to center stage.
"In summary, this book contains a worthwhile collection of papers. Much of the work I was familiar with, but I also found much of interest."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Development and Instruction. M. Kalchman, J. Moss, R. Case, Psychological Models for the Development of Mathematical Understanding: Rational Numbers and Function. R. Lehrer, L. Schauble, D. Strom, M. Pligge, Similarity of Form and Substance: Modeling Material Kind. D. Klahr, Z. Chen, E.E. Toth, Cognitive Development and Science Education: Ships that Pass in the Night or Beacons of Mutual Illumination? Part II: Teachers and Instructional Strategies. J. Minstrell, The Role of the Teacher in Making Sense of Classroom Experiences and Effecting Better Learning. A.S. Palincsar, S.J. Magnusson, The Interplay of First-Hand and Second-Hand Investigations to Model and Support the Development of Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning. R. Siegler, Discussion of Parts I and II: Cognition, Instruction, and the Quest for Meaning. H.A. Simon, Keynote Address: Learning to Research About Learning. Part III: Tools for Learning From Instruction. J.R. Anderson, K. Gluck, What Role Do Cognitive Architectures Play in Intelligent Tutoring Systems? B. Reiser, I. Tabak, W.A. Sandoval, B.K. Smith, F. Steinmuller, A.J. Leone, BGuILE: Strategic and Conceptual Scaffolds for Scientific Inquiry in Biology Classrooms. A. Lesgold, M. Nahemow, Tools to Assist Learning by Doing: Achieving and Assessing Efficient Technology for Learning. Part IV: Social Contexts of Instruction and Learning. M. Lovett, A Collaborative Convergence on Studying Reasoning Processes: A Case Study in Statistics. S.M. Carver, Cognition and Instruction: Enriching the Laboratory School Experience of Children, Teachers, Parents, and Undergraduates. E.B. Hunt, Discussion of Parts III and IV: Themes in Cognitive Science and Education. Part V: Cognition and Instruction: The Next 25 Years. T. Koschmann, A Third Metaphor for Learning: Toward a Deweyan Form of Transactional Inquiry. P. Cobb, Supporting the Improvement of Learning and Teaching in Social and Institutional Context. S. Wineburg, P. Grossman, Affect and Effect in Cognitive Approaches to Instruction. R. Glaser, General Discussion: Progress Then and Now.