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Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education

Strategies and Efficacy Evidence

Belland, Brian

2016, Approx. 250 p. 10 illus.

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  • Describes scaffolding strategies in depth
  • Assesses the usefulness of various scaffolding characteristics
  • The first book to synthesize research on computer-based scaffolding
​ This book uses meta-analysis to synthesize research on scaffolding and scaffolding-related interventions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Specifically, the volume examines the extent to which study quality, assessment type, and scaffolding characteristics (strategy, intended outcome, fading schedule, scaffolding intervention, and paired intervention) influence cognitive student outcomes. It includes detailed descriptions of the theoretical foundations of scaffolding, scaffolding strategies that have been proposed to meet different intended learning outcomes in STEM, and associated efficacy information. Furthermore, the book describes assessment strategies and study designs which can be used to evaluate the influence of scaffolding, and suggests new fields in which scaffolding strategies that have proven efficacious may be used.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Computer-based scaffolding - Goals in STEM education - Instructional scaffolding - STEM Education - Scaffolding characteristics - Scaffolding strategies

Related subjects » Learning & Instruction - Mathematics Education - Science Education

Table of contents 

​- Introduction: Global view of scaffolding.- Societal goals in STEM education.- Instructional scaffolding: foundations and evolving definitions.- How computer-based scaffolding has been applied in different STEM fields.- Efficacy information according to scaffolding characteristics.- Efficacy information according to study quality.- Efficacy information according to assessment type.- Future directions in scaffolding in STEM.- Conclusion.

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