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Kucan, Linda; Hapgood, Susanna; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan – Elementary School Journal, 2011
This article describes the development and initial implementation of the Comprehension and Learning from Text Survey (CoLTS), an instrument designed to assess teachers' specialized knowledge for comprehension instruction in the context of discussion. CoLTS is a paper-and-pencil test that engages teachers in analyzing a text to identify the most…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Decoding (Reading), Teaching Methods
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Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Sleep, Laurie; Boerst, Timothy A.; Bass, Hyman – Elementary School Journal, 2009
This article describes and analyzes a program of work in elementary mathematics teacher education at the University of Michigan that has, for a decade, been a site for the development of approaches to preparing beginning K-8 mathematics teachers that are both aimed at practice and centered in content. Among the products of this work are video…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
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Schilling, Stephen G.; Carlisle, Joanne F.; Scott, Sarah E.; Zeng, Ji – Elementary School Journal, 2007
This study focused on the predictive validity of fluency measures that comprise Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). Data were gathered from first through third graders attending 44 schools in 9 districts or local educational agencies that made up the first Reading First cohort in Michigan. Students were administered DIBELS…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Grade 2, Grade 3, Reading Comprehension
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Eccles, Jacquelynne S.; And Others – Elementary School Journal, 1993
Examined the influence of school and classroom environmental factors, such as teacher discipline practices and teacher-student relations, on middle school students' motivation. Found that, compared to sixth-grade math teachers, middle school math teachers controlled students more, provided students with fewer decision-making opportunities, and…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, Adolescents
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Mason, DeWayne A.; Stimson, Janet – Elementary School Journal, 1996
Queried 571 elementary school principals in 12 states to determine: (1) the frequency of nontraditional (combination and nongraded) classes; and (2) changes in the use of combination classes during recent years. Found that although combination classes represented 17% of California classrooms, most states contained only 3 to 7%. Nongraded classes…
Descriptors: Class Organization, Comparative Analysis, Differences, Elementary Education