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Ding, Meixia; Carlson, Mary Alice – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This study explored a group of elementary teachers' ("n" = 35) learning to construct high-quality lesson plans that foster student understanding of fundamental mathematical ideas. The conceptual framework for this study was gleaned from the recently released Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recommendations, including (a)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Educational Quality, Lesson Plans, Guidelines
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Neuman, Susan B.; Kaefer, Tanya – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This study was designed to experimentally examine how supplemental vocabulary instruction provided in either whole-group or small-group settings influences low-income preschoolers' word knowledge and conceptual development. Using a within-subject design, 108 preschool children from 12 Head Start classrooms participated in an 8-week intervention,…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Large Group Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Low Income Groups
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Kesler, Ted – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This article presents a cross-case analysis of two fourth-grade teachers' instruction while preparing their students for an English language arts test. Both teachers taught in high-needs urban public schools and were identified as effective teachers of balanced literacy through a multiple nomination process. This article uses situated literacy…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Grade 4, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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Gillespie, Amy; Olinghouse, Natalie G.; Graham, Steve – Elementary School Journal, 2013
The purpose of this study was to determine what students know about the process of writing and the characteristics of stories, persuasive arguments, and informational reports. Participants were 50 grade 5 students. Students responded to questions about writing process and the three different types of writing, and showed a nuanced but relatively…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Story Grammar, Persuasive Discourse
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Heineke, Sally F. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Although coaching is used in many schools to facilitate teachers' professional learning, few studies look closely at coaching discourse. Exploring how coaching facilitates teachers' professional development, this study used tape-recorded coaching sessions and individual post-interviews to examine the one-on-one coaching interactions of 4…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Elementary School Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Discourse Analysis
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Sleegers, Peter; den Brok, Perry; Verbiest, Eric; Moolenaar, Nienke M.; Daly, Alan J. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Despite the popularity of professional learning communities (PLCs) among researchers, practitioners, and educational policy makers, studies on PLCs differ significantly on the dimensions and capacities used to conceptualize them. Further, the interrelatedness of different dimensions and capacities within PLCs is not often well conceived nor…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Models
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Jeffrey, Aaron J.; Auger, Richard W.; Pepperell, Jennifer L. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
In the current elementary school environment of increased academic and administrative demands on schools and teachers, it has become increasingly challenging to maintain the personal teacher-student relationships that form the basis for learning. In this qualitative study, we conducted focus groups with 17 elementary students and 6 elementary…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Teacher Student Relationship, Caring, Focus Groups
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Robinson, Keith – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Multilevel modeling was used to investigate the relationship between poverty status, mathematics achievement gains, and behavioral engagement in learning over kindergarten. Data included information on 11,680 poor, low-income, and non-poor kindergartners from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort of 1998-1999 (ECLS-K). Results…
Descriptors: Poverty, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Gains, Learner Engagement
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Walsh, Kerryann; Mathews, Ben; Rassafiani, Mehdi; Farrell, Ann; Butler, Des – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This study examined elementary school teachers' knowledge of their legislative and policy-based reporting duties with respect to child sexual abuse. Data were collected from 470 elementary school teachers from urban and rural government and nongovernment schools in 3 Australian states, which at the time of the study had 3 different legislative…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Legal Responsibility, Sexual Abuse, Disclosure
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McCormick, Meghan P.; Cappella, Elise; O'Connor, Erin E.; McClowry, Sandee G. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
We examined relations between parent involvement and kindergarten students' behavior problems in classrooms with varying levels of teacher emotional support. Multi-informant data were collected on "n" = 255 low-income Black and Hispanic students, and "n" = 60 kindergarten classrooms in the baseline year of an intervention…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Kindergarten, Behavior Problems, Emotional Development
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Jitendra, Asha K.; Dupuis, Danielle N.; Rodriguez, Michael C.; Zaslofsky, Anne F.; Slater, Susan; Cozine-Corroy, Kelly; Church, Chris – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This study compared the effects of delivering a supplemental, small-group tutoring intervention on the mathematics outcomes of third-grade students at risk for mathematics difficulties (MD) who were randomly assigned to either a schema-based instruction (SBI) or control group. SBI emphasized the underlying mathematical structure of additive…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Learning Problems, Control Groups, Elementary School Students
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Correnti, Richard; Matsumura, Lindsay Clare; Hamilton, Laura; Wang, Elaine – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Despite the importance of writing analytically in response to texts, there are few assessments measuring students' mastery of this skill. This manuscript describes the development of a response-to-text assessment (RTA) intended for use in research. In a subsequent validity investigation we examined whether the RTA distinguished among classrooms in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reader Response, Writing Skills, Standardized Tests
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Hopkins, Megan; Spillane, James P.; Jakopovic, Paula; Heaton, Ruth M. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Designing infrastructures to support instruction remains a challenge in educational reform. This article reports on a study of one school system's efforts to redesign its infrastructure for mathematics instruction by promoting teacher leadership. Using social network and interview data from 12 elementary schools, we explore how the district's…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Educational Change, Teacher Leadership
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Whitaker, Manya; Hoover-Dempsey, Kathleen – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This study examined potential links among parents' role beliefs for involvement and social-contextual variables contributing to its development. A sample of parents from two Title I middle schools responded to surveys assessing their perceptions of student and teacher invitations to involvement, school expectations of involvement, school climate,…
Descriptors: Parent Role, Parent Attitudes, Beliefs, Parent Participation
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Adams, Curt M.; Forsyth, Patrick B. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
More than a decade after Goddard, Tschannen-Moran, and Hoy (2001) found that collective faculty trust in clients predicts student achievement in urban elementary schools, we sought to identify a plausible link for this relationship. Our purpose in revisiting the trust effect was twofold: (1) to test the main effect of collective faculty trust on…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Urban Schools, Metacognition, Elementary School Students
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