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Cutucache, Christine; Boham, Taylor; Luhr, Jamie; Sommers, Amie; Stevenson, Nikolaus; Sointu, Erkko; Mäkitalo-Siegl, Kati; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Valtonen, Teemu; Grandgenett, Neal; Tapprich, William – Cogent Education, 2018
Afterschool interventions in STEM are linked to learning gains during the school day. These opportunities engage and excite students about STEM concepts since they observe a more hands-on, project-oriented approach. Often these opportunities for afterschool interventions are infrequent in nature and leave gaps for students in their maturation and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Intervention, After School Programs, Middle School Students
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Williamson, Gary L. – Cogent Education, 2018
Individual growth curves yield insights about growth that are not available from any other methodology; and developmental scales based on conjoint measurement models provide unique interpretive advantages for investigations of academic growth. The advantages are apparent when: (1) 15 consecutive statewide reading growth curves are annotated with…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Psychometrics, Educational Innovation
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Altin, Mehmet; Saracaloglu, Asuman Seda – Cogent Education, 2018
This research examines the effect of reading comprehension instruction enriched with cultural materials on seventh graders' vocabulary knowledge and attitudes towards English lessons. The study group comprised two 7th grade classes at a socio-economic middle-level public school in Aydin Province in the spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Middle School Students, Grade 7
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Rhew, Emily; Piro, Jody S.; Goolkasian, Pauline; Cosentino, Patricia – Cogent Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a growth mindset intervention would improve adolescent special education students' self-efficacy and motivation. The sample included sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students receiving learning disability services in the area of reading. The study was quasi-experimental in design which included…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy, Urban Schools
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Kirchner, Emmarentia; Mostert, Maria Louise – Cogent Education, 2017
This paper reports on the reading motivation and reading activity of 402, urban, Namibian learners in 6 schools in the central region of Namibia. From the fourth grade these Grade 7 learners received their instruction through the medium of English, and offered English as Second Language in addition to another Namibian language. They were enrolled…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Reading Achievement, Grade 7, Language of Instruction
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Bishara, Saied – Cogent Education, 2016
This research study investigates the ability of students to tackle the solving of unique mathematical problems in the domain of numerical series, verbal and formal, and its influence on the motivation of junior high students with learning disabilities in the Arab sector. Two instruments were used to collect the data: mathematical series were…
Descriptors: Creativity, Problem Solving, Mathematics Education, Junior High School Students
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Paige, David D.; Smith, Grant S.; Sizemore, John M. – Cogent Education, 2015
The adoption of Common Core State Standards in the USA by 46 states and the District of Columbia has provided several new foci for K-12 instruction, not the least of which is the reading and understanding of complex text, a higher order thinking process. Closely associated with this is the notion of rigor, the focus of the present study. As…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Difficulty Level, Thinking Skills