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Professional vision in fashion design: practices and views of teachers and learners (2018)
Journal Article
Caruso, V., Cattaneo, A., Gurtner, J., & Ainsworth, S. (2019). Professional vision in fashion design: practices and views of teachers and learners. Vocations and Learning, 12(1), 47–65. doi:10.1007/s12186-018-09216-7

Professional vision is a key skill in visually-oriented professions, but its relevance to vocational education and training has only drawn limited attention from researchers. When educating fashion designers, professional vision is vital because prec... Read More about Professional vision in fashion design: practices and views of teachers and learners.

Young children’s impressionable use of teleology: the influence of question wording and questioned topic on teleological explanations for natural phenomena (2018)
Journal Article
Halls, J., Ainsworth, S. E., & Oliver, M. (2018). Young children’s impressionable use of teleology: the influence of question wording and questioned topic on teleological explanations for natural phenomena. International Journal of Science Education, 40(7), doi:10.1080/09500693.2018.1451008

There is a significant body of research on children's preconceptions concerning scientific concepts and the impact this has upon their science education. One active issue concerns the extent to which young children's explanations for the existence of... Read More about Young children’s impressionable use of teleology: the influence of question wording and questioned topic on teleological explanations for natural phenomena.

Multi-modal, multi-source reading: a multi-representational reader’s perspective (2018)
Journal Article
Ainsworth, S. E. (2018). Multi-modal, multi-source reading: a multi-representational reader’s perspective. Learning and Instruction, 57, 71-75. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.01.014

In this commentary, I review the five articles that comprise the Special Issue titled ‘Towards a model of multi-source, multi-modal processing”. The papers are discussed in terms of how they help us understand the “second generational” issues of read... Read More about Multi-modal, multi-source reading: a multi-representational reader’s perspective.

Why sketching may aid learning from science texts: contrasting sketching with written explanations (2017)
Journal Article
Scheiter, K., Schleinschok, K., & Ainsworth, S. E. (in press). Why sketching may aid learning from science texts: contrasting sketching with written explanations. Topics in Cognitive Science, doi:10.1111/tops.12261

The goal of this study was to explore two accounts for why sketching during learning from text is helpful: (1) sketching acts like other constructive strategies such as self-explanation because it helps learners to identify relevant information and g... Read More about Why sketching may aid learning from science texts: contrasting sketching with written explanations.

Personal inquiry: orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom (2014)
Journal Article
Sharples, M., Scanlon, E., Ainsworth, S. E., Anastopoulou, S., Collins, T., Crook, C., …O’Malley, C. (2015). Personal inquiry: orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 24(2), 308-341. doi:10.1080/10508406.2014.944642

A central challenge for science educators is to enable young people to act as scientists by gathering and assessing evidence, conducting experiments, and engaging in informed debate. We report the design of the nQuire toolkit, a system to support scr... Read More about Personal inquiry: orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom.

Depicting the tree of life in museums: guiding principles from psychological research (2014)
Journal Article
Novick, L. R., Pickering, J., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J., Ainsworth, S. E., Aquino, A. E., …Scott, M. (2014). Depicting the tree of life in museums: guiding principles from psychological research. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 7, doi:10.1186/s12052-014-0025-0

The Tree of Life is revolutionizing our understanding of life on Earth, and, accordingly, evolutionary trees are increasingly important parts of exhibits on biodiversity and evolution. The authors argue that in using these trees to effectively commun... Read More about Depicting the tree of life in museums: guiding principles from psychological research.

The Multiple Representation Principle in Multimedia Learning (2014)
Book Chapter
AINSWORTH, S. (2014). The Multiple Representation Principle in Multimedia Learning. The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning 2nd edition, 464-486. Cambridge University Press (CUP). doi:10.1017/CBO9781139547369.024

This chapter reviews the guided discovery principle, according to which guidance should be given to students to ensure effective learning during scientific discovery in multimedia environments. At the heart of these environments often lies a computer... Read More about The Multiple Representation Principle in Multimedia Learning.

Do student perceptions of teaching predict the development of representational competence and biological knowledge? (2014)
Journal Article
Nitz, S., Ainsworth, S. E., Nerdel, C., & Prechtl, H. (2014). Do student perceptions of teaching predict the development of representational competence and biological knowledge?. Learning and Instruction, 31, doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.12.003

Dealing with representations is a crucial skill for students and such representational competence is essential for learning science. This study analysed the relationship between representational competence and content knowledge, student perceptions... Read More about Do student perceptions of teaching predict the development of representational competence and biological knowledge?.

Drawing to learn in science (2011)
Journal Article
Ainsworth, S. E., Prain, V., & Tytler, R. (2011). Drawing to learn in science. Science, 333(6046), doi:10.1126/science.1204153