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Baker, Scott K.; Gersten, Russell; Haager, Diane; Dingle, Mary – Elementary School Journal, 2006
Validation of a classroom observation measure for use with English Learners (ELs) in grade 1 was the focus of this study. Fourteen teachers were observed during reading and language arts instruction with an instrument used to generate ratings of instructional quality on a number of dimensions. In these classrooms we assessed the reading…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grade 1, Early Reading, Teaching Methods
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Skindrud, Karl; Gersten, Russell – Elementary School Journal, 2006
This independent evaluation of 2 commonly used approaches for accelerating reading achievement and reducing inappropriate special education referrals, Success for All (SFA) and Open Court, was conducted in 12 Title I schools in a large urban district in northern California. To compare the effects of these approaches, we collected data on 936 grade…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Prediction, Reading Achievement, Special Education
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Baker, Scott; Gersten, Russell; Lee, Dae-Sik – Elementary School Journal, 2002
Used meta analysis to synthesize research on the effects of interventions to improve mathematics achievement of students considered at risk for academic failure. Found that effective interventions included providing teachers and students with student performance data; using peer tutors; providing clear, specific feedback to parents on children's…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Gersten, Russell; Baker, Scott – Elementary School Journal, 2001
Presents analysis of 13 studies designed to teach students with learning disabilities to write better expository or narrative text. Notes the success of these interventions, and details three components for any comprehensive instructional program: instruction in writing process, critical dimensions of different writing genres, and structures for…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Learning Disabilities, Meta Analysis, Special Education
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Gersten, Russell – Elementary School Journal, 1999
A qualitative study examined instruction provided by four monolingual English-speaking teachers to English-language learners in grades 4 through 6. Focused on unresolved tension between teachers' sense that they should provide opportunities for students to express ideas and their desire for fast-paced lessons and correct usage. Explored teachers'…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Gersten, Russell; Carnine, Doug – Elementary School Journal, 1984
Describes the Direct Instruction model, which has been effective in teaching mathematics to disadvantaged students. Results of the national Follow Through and the University of Oregon evaluations are reported, and implications of the findings for improving classroom practices are discussed. (RH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Gersten, Russell – Elementary School Journal, 1996
Notes the great demand for information on promising practices for teaching language-minority students. Introduces the succeeding articles in this issue, noting how all the authors argue for the need to pull together what is known about effective teaching, second-language acquisition, applied cognitive research, and cross-cultural communication…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Language Research
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Gersten, Russell – Elementary School Journal, 1996
Discusses results of a study of language arts and literacy instruction of language-minority students in 18 urban classrooms. Delineates a framework, based on the study, for identifying critical instructional practices that appeared to facilitate both learning and language development for language-minority students. Includes several examples of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Education
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Gersten, Russell; And Others – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Presents multilevel analyses of a large-scale educational improvement effort conducted in seven urban schools over a two-year period. Consistent high-to-moderate relationships were found between observed level of model implementation and classroom achievement gains in reading. Concludes that major improvement in inner-city schools is possible. (DR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Gersten, Russell; Woodward, John – Elementary School Journal, 1995
Describes a longitudinal evaluation of two approaches to educating language-minority students--transitional bilingual education and a new approach, bilingual immersion. Students achievement on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills was traced from grades four through seven, and results indicated significant effects favoring bilingual immersion in language…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Students
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Gersten, Russell; And Others – Elementary School Journal, 1988
This consideration of effective ways to educate low-income, educationally at-risk students in kindergarten documents an approach that has been effective in accelerating academic growth. Results of a longitudinal study of children who received Direct Instruction in primary school indicated benefits when participants were in the ninth grade. (RH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary School Students, High Risk Students, Junior High School Students