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Chiatovich, Tara; Stipek, Deborah – Elementary School Journal, 2016
This study used ECLS-K 1998-1999 data to evaluate whether specific kindergarten teaching practices predicted school-year learning gains differently, depending on children's ethnicity, SES, and fall test scores. Exploratory factor analyses guided the creation of four literacy and five math instruction composites from teachers' reports of their…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Kindergarten, Children, Longitudinal Studies
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Jordan, Michelle E. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Research revealing the continued dominance of narrative texts in primary-grade classrooms, coupled with shifts in the American cultural and textual landscape, have prompted educational policy urging teachers to increase the variety of informational texts students read and the authenticity with which students use those texts. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Qualitative Research
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Ghousseini, Hala – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Given the current interest in organizing teacher education around core instructional practices that help preservice teachers enact ambitious aspects of teaching like leading classroom discussions, this article investigates an example from the experience of a preservice teacher as she works on orienting students to each other's ideas. Resulting…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Educational Practices, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion
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Hayes, John R.; Olinghouse, Natalie G. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
In this article, we compare the Common Core State Standards in Writing to the Hayes cognitive model of writing, adapted to describe the performance of young and developing writers. Based on the comparison, we propose the inclusion of standards for motivation, goal setting, writing strategies, and attention by writers to the text they have just…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Writing (Composition), Models
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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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Shanahan, Timothy – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts, together with the new tests being developed to assess them, are placing a greater emphasis on writing in elementary schools than in the recent past. This article explores similarities and differences of the standards with past state standards, explaining the reason both for why things…
Descriptors: State Standards, Language Arts, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Change
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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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Graham, Steve; Harris, Karen R.; Santangelo, Tanya – Elementary School Journal, 2015
In order to meet writing objectives specified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many teachers need to make significant changes in how writing is taught. While CCSS identified what students need to master, it did not provide guidance on how teachers are to meet these writing benchmarks. The current article presents research-supported…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Writing Instruction, Elementary Education
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Garbacz, S. Andrew; McDowall, Philippa S.; Schaughency, Elizabeth; Sheridan, Susan M.; Welch, Greg W. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The purpose of this study was to clarify equivocal findings in the parent-involvement literature and examine novel interactions in a New Zealand context. Specifically, this study tested direct effects of school year, parent education, family structure, and child gender on parent involvement in elementary school. In addition, interactions between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Educational Attainment, Parent Background
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Hoogeveen, Mariëtte; van Gelderen, Amos – Elementary School Journal, 2015
This study examined whether instruction in genre knowledge enriches students' feedback on each other's writing, resulting in better writing quality. In total 140 sixth-grade students (age 11-13) participated in the study. Two approaches to peer response with additional instruction were compared. In one condition, students were taught specific…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Writing Instruction, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Hassinger-Das, Brenna; Jordan, Nancy C.; Dyson, Nancy – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The present study involved examining whether a storybook reading intervention targeting mathematics vocabulary, such as "equal," "more," and "less," and associated number concepts would increase at-risk children's vocabulary knowledge and number competencies. Children with early numeracy difficulties (N = 124) were…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hustedt, Jason T.; Jung, Kwanghee; Barnett, W. Steven; Williams, Tonya – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs prior to kindergarten entry has become increasingly common. As each state develops its own model for pre-K, rigorous studies of the impacts of state-specific programs are needed. This study investigates impacts of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) initiative at kindergarten entry using a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Vocabulary Development, Emergent Literacy
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de Bilde, Jerissa; Boonen, Tinneke; Speybroeck, Sara; De Fraine, Bieke; Van Damme, Jan; Goos, Mieke – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Experiential education is a child-centered educational framework that is popular in Flemish kindergartens. In this study, the impact of five experiential practices (autonomy support, stimulation, emotional support, time for choice activities, and interest-based activities) and the moderating influence of initial achievement (language and…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Personal Autonomy
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Thornberg, Robert; Pozzoli, Tiziana; Gianluca, Gini; Jungert, Tomas – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The first aim of the present study was to examine in a single model how moral disengagement and moral emotions were related to bullying and defending behavior among schoolchildren. The second aim was to test whether the two moral dimensions interacted with each other to explain behavior in bullying situations. Data were collected from 561 Swedish…
Descriptors: Bullying, Child Behavior, Moral Values, Emotional Response
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Dalton, Bridget; Robinson, Kristin H.; Lovvorn, Jason F.; Smith, Blaine E.; Alvey, Tara; Mo, Elaine; Uccelli, Paola; Proctor, C. Patrick – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Multimodal composing is part of the Common Core vision of the twenty-first-century student. Two descriptive studies were conducted of fifth-grade students' digital folktale retellings. Study 1 analyzed 83 retellings in relation to the types and frequencies of modal use, such as image, sound, movement, and written text, as well as their retelling…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, State Standards, Folk Culture
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