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McCartney Matthews, Melissa Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Research literature relating to the use of humor as a teaching method or curricula specifically designed to include humor was reviewed to investigate the effects of humor on student learning in various environments from elementary schools to post-secondary classrooms. In this multi-method study, four instruments and a humor treatment were selected…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory
McAllister, Deborah A., Ed.; Cutcher, Cortney L., Ed. – Online Submission, 2011
As a part of the teacher licensure program at the graduate level at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the M.Ed. Licensure candidate is required to complete an action research project during a 3-semester-hour course that coincides with the 9-semester-hour student teaching experience. This course, Education 5900 Culminating…
Descriptors: Action Research, Research Projects, Student Attitudes, Economics Education
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Gill, Andrew M.; Gratton-Lavoie, Chiara – Journal of Economic Education, 2011
The authors extend the literature on the efficacy of high school economics instruction in two directions. First, they assess how much economic knowledge that California students acquired in their compulsory high school course is retained on their entering college. Second, using as a control group some college students from the state of Washington,…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Secondary Education, Retention (Psychology), Knowledge Level
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2010
According to Johnson and Johnson, group work helps increase student retention and satisfaction, develops strong oral communication and social skills, as well as higher self-esteem (University of Minnesota, n.d.). Group work, when planned and implemented deliberately and thoughtfully helps students develop cognitive and leadership skills as well as…
Descriptors: Long Term Memory, Retention (Psychology), Group Activities, Skill Development
Meltzer, Lynn – Guilford Publications, 2010
Accessible and practical, this book helps teachers incorporate executive function processes--such as planning, organizing, prioritizing, and self-checking--into the classroom curriculum. Chapters provide effective strategies for optimizing what K-12 students learn by improving how they learn. Noted authority Lynn Meltzer and her research…
Descriptors: Reprography, Goal Orientation, Learning Strategies, Instructional Materials
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Starbek, P.; Erjavec, M. Starcic; Peklaj, C. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2010
The main goal of this study was to explore whether the use of multimedia in genetics instruction contributes more to students' knowledge and comprehension than other instructional modes. We were also concerned with the influence of different instructional modes on the retention of knowledge and comprehension. In a quasi-experimental design, four…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Quasiexperimental Design, Prior Learning, Genetics
Martinez, Michael E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
The human mind has two types of memory: short-term and long-term. In all types of learning, it is best to use that structure rather than to fight against it. One way to do that is to ensure that learners can fit new information into patterns that can be stored in and more easily retrieved from long-term memory.
Descriptors: Long Term Memory, Recall (Psychology), Retention (Psychology), Neuropsychology
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Pinxten, Maarten; De Fraine, Bieke; Van Damme, Jan; D'Haenens, Ellen – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2010
Background: The relation between academic self-concept and achievement has been examined in a large number of studies. The majority of these studies have found evidence for a reciprocal effects model. However, there is an ongoing debate on how students' achievement should be measured and whether the type of achievement indicator (grades, tests,…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Retention (Psychology)
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
With effective teaching a top policy priority, certain school districts, the federal government, and nonprofit groups are renewing efforts to pilot and study strategies for pairing effective teachers with students in low-performing, high-poverty schools. The results could offer clues about how to rectify an imbalance in the distribution of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Distribution, Academic Achievement
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Lee, Li-Tze; Hung, Jason C. – International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2009
McCarthy (1985) constructed the 4MAT teaching model, an eight step instrument developed in 1980, by synthesizing Dewey's experiential learning, Kolb's four learning styles, Jung's personality types, as well as Bogen's left mode and right mode of brain processing preferences. An important implication of this model is that learning retention is…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Teaching Models, Academic Achievement, Experiential Learning
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Ehri, Linnea C.; Satlow, Eric; Gaskins, Irene – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2009
First, second, and third graders (N = 102) who had completed from 1 to 3 years of literacy instruction in other schools and had experienced failure entered a private school for struggling readers and received instruction in either of 2 types of systematic phonics programs over a 4-year period. One group received a keyword analogy method (KEY) that…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Private Schools, Phonemics, Literacy
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Kim, Paul; Olaciregui, Claudia – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2008
An electronic portfolio system, designed to serve as a resource-based learning space, was tested in a fifth-grade science class. The control-group students accessed a traditional folder-based information display in the system and the experimental-group students accessed a concept map-based information display to review a science portfolio. The…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Concept Mapping, Grade 5, Information Processing
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Mayfield, Kristin H.; Glenn, Irene M.; Vollmer, Timothy R. – Journal of Behavioral Education, 2008
Computer-based instruction (CBI) was used to teach 3 sets of 20 spelling words to two 6th graders in a multiple baseline design. The CBI presented a voice recording of each spelling word and prompted the students to type the word. If they spelled the word incorrectly, a training procedure was initiated that included prompt fading and systematic…
Descriptors: Spelling Instruction, Grade 6, Prompting, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Manley, Kelly; Collins, Belva C.; Stenhoff, Donald M.; Kleinert, Harold – Journal of Behavioral Education, 2008
Using the telephone to contact others can be an important skill in maintaining friendships with peers. This investigation used a system of least prompts (SLP) procedures to teach two telephone skills to 3 elementary students with cognitive disabilities: (a) placing phone calls and (b) leaving recorded voicemail messages. The SLP procedure was…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Mental Retardation, Elementary School Students, Peer Relationship
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Stern, Marc J.; Powell, Robert B.; Ardoin, Nicole M. – Journal of Environmental Education, 2008
The authors explored the influences of 3- and 5-day residential environmental education programs at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (TN) on participants' connections with nature, environmental stewardship, interest in learning and discovery, and awareness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and biodiversity. The authors found…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Parks, Biodiversity, Retention (Psychology)
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