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Kim, Jung-In; De Long, Shauna P. A.; Ortega, Mari C.; Kelly, Larissa A.; Casias, Marcelino; Dray, Barbara J. – Elementary School Journal, 2019
This study examined 10 urban middle school teachers' practices to motivate their emergent bilingual students (or English-language learners) and the ways in which their practices were associated with their positioning of their students in reading intervention classrooms. Our findings showed that teacher positioning that afforded or constrained…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools, Urban Education, English Language Learners
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Condon, Meghan; Wichowsky, Amber – Elementary School Journal, 2018
In this article, we present the results of a cluster-randomized trial of an inquiry-based science curriculum conducted in grades 6-8 with 551 students in 13 schools. The intervention integrates science and civics instruction in a unit about community and family water conservation. The intervention also includes teacher professional development and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Civics, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Charalambous, Charalambos Y.; Kyriakides, Ermis – Elementary School Journal, 2017
For years scholars have attended to either generic or content-specific teaching practices attempting to understand instructional quality and its effects on student learning. Drawing on the TIMSS 2007 and 2011 databases, this exploratory study empirically tests the hypothesis that attending to both types of practices can help better explain student…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Quality
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Boote, Stacy K.; Boote, David N. – Elementary School Journal, 2017
Students often struggle to interpret graphs correctly, despite emphasis on graphic literacy in U.S. education standards documents. The purpose of this study was to describe challenges sixth graders with varying levels of science and mathematics achievement encounter when transitioning from interpreting graphs having discrete independent variables…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 6
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Vedder-Weiss, Dana – Elementary School Journal, 2017
Taking a student's perspective, this study aims to characterize students' descriptions of teaching higher and lower in mastery goal emphasis, in elementary, middle, traditional, and democratic schools. Data were collected by student surveys and interviews from fifth- through eighth-grade Israeli students. Nineteen interviews, describing 5 science…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mastery Learning, Student Attitudes, Interviews
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Corpus, Jennifer Henderlong; Wormington, Stephanie V.; Haimovitz, Kyla – Elementary School Journal, 2016
A person-centered, mixed-methods approach (self-report surveys, semistructured interviews, school records) was used to characterize and evaluate profiles of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations among 243 third- through eighth-grade students. Cluster analysis suggested four distinct profiles: high quantity (high intrinsic, high extrinsic), primarily…
Descriptors: Profiles, Student Motivation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Olson, Carol Booth; Scarcella, Robin; Matuchniak, Tina – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Adopted by 46 states, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) present a vision of what it means to be literate in the twenty-first century and call for all students, including English learners, to develop critical reading skills necessary for a deep understanding of complex texts, and critical writing skills to write about those texts. This article…
Descriptors: State Standards, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Writing Skills
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Graham, Steve; Hebert, Michael; Harris, Karen R. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
To determine whether formative writing assessments that are directly tied to everyday classroom teaching and learning enhance students' writing performance, we conducted a meta-analysis of true and quasi-experiments conducted with students in grades 1 to 8. We found that feedback to students about writing from adults, peers, self, and computers…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Meta Analysis, Writing Tests, Quasiexperimental Design
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Desimone, Laura M.; Porter, Andrew C.; Hochberg, Eric D. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Mentoring is a common form of support for beginning teachers. State and district mentoring policies vary along a number of dimensions, yet policymakers have little evidence to draw on in designing effective mentoring programs. We use quantitative and qualitative data from a study of beginning middle school mathematics teachers in 10 districts to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Educational Policy, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Williamson, Gary L.; Fitzgerald, Jill; Stenner, Jackson A. – Elementary School Journal, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish a challenging text-complexity standard for all high school graduates to read at college and workplace text-complexity levels. We argue that implementation of the CCSS standard requires concurrent examination of historical student reading-growth trends. An example of a historical student average…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Improvement, Reading Ability, Difficulty Level
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Fulmer, Sara M.; Turner, Julianne C. – Elementary School Journal, 2014
Current education policy and reform advocate for increasing the level of challenge in K-12 classrooms in order to maximize students' learning and academic success. This study examined middle school teachers' views about implementing challenging instruction while participating in a whole-school professional development initiative. A…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Difficulty Level, Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Lack, Brian; Swars, Susan Lee; Meyers, Barbara – Elementary School Journal, 2014
A descriptive, holistic, multiple-case methodology was applied to examine the nature of participation in discourse of two low- and two high-achieving grade 6 students while solving mathematical tasks in a standards-based classroom. Data collected via classroom observations and student interviews were analyzed through a multiple-cycle coding…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Grade 6, Low Achievement, High Achievement
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Sutherland, LeeAnn M. – Elementary School Journal, 2008
This article describes an approach to developing student reading materials that support middle school learners in a project-based, inquiry curriculum for grades 6 through 8. Reading materials are designed to encourage sense making beyond the classroom, as students read and write about science as it takes place in a classroom and as it occurs in…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Middle Schools, Science Course Improvement Projects, Material Development
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Shih, Shu-Shen – Elementary School Journal, 2008
In this study I examined how Taiwanese junior high school students' perceptions of autonomy support were related to their motivational characteristics, and the ability of these constructs to explain students' academic engagement. A total of 343 eighth-grade students completed a self-report survey assessing their perceptions of autonomy support…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Goal Orientation, Learning Motivation, Grade 8