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Tan, Paulo; Thorius, Kathleen King – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
This case study documents a professional learning community (PLC) comprised of urban elementary educators working toward equitable education for students with dis/abilities. We employ an equity-expansive learning frame to evoke and then examine tensions and contradictions that emerged during the PLC and mediated learning as evidenced by…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematics Education, Communities of Practice, Urban Schools
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Mensah, Felicia Moore – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
This longitudinal case study utilizes critical race theory methodology to chronicle the journey of an African American female in science teacher education. The study looks at her educational history first as a young child and then how she navigates a contested, racialized predominantly White teacher education program, grows and develops in science…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Snell, Julia; Lefstein, Adam – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
Teachers are increasingly called on to use dialogic teaching practices to engage active pupil participation in academically challenging classroom discourse. Such practices are in tension with commonly held beliefs about pupil ability as fixed and/or context independent. Moreover, teaching practices that seek to make pupil thinking visible can also…
Descriptors: Dialogs (Language), Self Concept, Ethnography, Case Studies
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Lanford, Michael; Maruco, Tattiya – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
Career academies are increasingly prominent in American secondary education. However, our understanding of these academies is limited by a paucity of research about the factors that make them viable and effective. This case study highlights, from the perspective of 52 academy coordinators and teachers and 41 students, distinctive features that…
Descriptors: Career Academies, Job Training, Social Capital, Coordinators
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Kumar, Revathy; Lauermann, Fani – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
This cross-sectional study examines associations between preservice teachers' experiences in teacher education (n = 2,129), their beliefs about culturally diverse students, and their endorsed instructional practices within social reconstructionist and achievement goal theory frameworks. Structural equation modeling confirmed significant…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Cultural Influences, Teacher Education
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Markowitz, Anna J. – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
After the adoption of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a host of anecdotal evidence suggested that NCLB diminished students' school engagement--a multidimensional construct that describes students' active involvement and commitment to school and encompasses students' thoughts, behaviors, and feelings about school. Using data from repeated…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Siegel-Hawley, Genevieve; Diem, Sarah; Frankenberg, Erica – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
In this qualitative case study, we explore the political impulses behind suburban secession from the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County merger, the largest school district consolidation in recent history. Decades removed from the Civil Rights Movement, during a period of stark inequality, colorblind law and policymaking, and a diminished understanding of…
Descriptors: School Districts, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Suburban Schools
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Thompson, Karen D. – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
This mixed-methods study couples large-scale analyses of student course-taking with case study data to explore what blocks the gate to enrollment in and successful completion of secondary math courses for students ever classified as English learners (ever ELs). Initial quantitative findings indicate that half of all students across six California…
Descriptors: Classification, English Language Learners, School Districts, Case Studies
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Li, Yuk Yung – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Despite decades of research, little is known about the dynamics of sustaining change in school reform and how the process of change unfolds. By tracing the nine-year reform journeys of four primary schools in Hong Kong (using multiyear interview, observational, and archival data), this study uncovers the micro-processes the schools experienced…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Elementary Schools
Buckley, Pamela; Moore, Brooke; Boardman, Alison G.; Arya, Diana J.; Maul, Andrew – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
K-12 intervention studies often include fidelity of implementation (FOI) as a mediating variable, though most do not report the validity of fidelity measures. This article discusses the critical need for validated FOI scales. To illustrate our point, we describe the development and validation of the Implementation Validity Checklist (IVC-R), an…
Descriptors: Intervention, Fidelity, Program Implementation, Test Validity
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Miller, Peter M.; Scanlan, Martin K.; Phillippo, Kate – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Schools throughout the United States apply comprehensive community partnership strategies to address students' in- and out-of-school needs. Drawing from models like the Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and full-service community schools, such strategies call for diverse professionals to reach beyond their own organizations to…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Outreach Programs, Models, Qualitative Research
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Garcia, Gina A. – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
While Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll at least 25% Latinx students, the perennial question facing HSIs is, "What does it mean for postsecondary institutions to be Latinx-serving"--essentially an organizational identity question. Guided by the extant literature on organizational identity, culture, and institutionalism and…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Hispanic American Students, Organizational Culture, Classification
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Galindo, Claudia; Sanders, Mavis; Abel, Yolanda – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Full-service community schools aim to reduce educational inequality by addressing the multifaceted needs of low-income children and youth. Critical to this task is the ability of these schools to generate sufficient social capital to provide students, families, and teachers with essential resources. Using data from a qualitative case study, this…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Social Capital
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Mayes, Eve; Mitra, Dana L.; Serriere, Stephanie C. – American Educational Research Journal, 2016
This article explores how two elementary school students responded to their teacher's invitation in a civic classroom to make a difference to the world. We consider how the teacher framed the construct of civic efficacy and how the students refracted these ideas in their navigation of a civic education project. Closely analyzing these students'…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Change Agents, Student Empowerment, Citizen Participation
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Ishimaru, Ann M.; Torres, Kathryn E.; Salvador, Jessica E.; Lott, Joe, II; Williams, Dawn M. Cameron; Tran, Christine – American Educational Research Journal, 2016
Families are key actors in efforts to improve student learning and outcomes, but conventional engagement efforts often disregard the cultural and social resources of nondominant families. Individuals who serve as cultural brokers play critical, though complex, roles bridging between schools and families. Using an equitable collaboration lens with…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Equal Education, Comparative Analysis, Family School Relationship
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