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Ata, Atakan – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
This qualitative study explored factors that supported teachers in their efforts to promote students' critiquing, communicating, and collaborating skills. Despite the various challenges that public schools face today, they are most likely the very institutions to play a critical role in individuals' civic skills development. Individual in-depth…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democracy, Public Schools, Skill Development
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Baker, Austin T.; Cuevas, Josh – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This study examined whether students were reaching automaticity with single digit multiplication facts. A fourteen question interview was used to collect data. The first three questions asked the student basic information about themselves and their current math teacher. The next seven questions were math facts. The math facts chosen for the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 3
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Hannel, Stacey L.; Cuevas, Joshua – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This study was conducted to investigate whether or not computer-based simulations had a greater impact on science achievement compared to traditional hands-on methods for middle school students in an on-level science course. The study also sought to determine if either method had an impact on retention as well as motivation. The participants in…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Student Motivation, Computer Simulation, Hands on Science
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Nguyen, Ha; Eisenreich, Heidi – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This pilot qualitative study explored K-8 pre-service teachers' (PSTs') learning experience in a Statistics and Probability course and their ability to make connections between mathematics and their everyday lives when given opportunities to investigate mathematics through a social issue. Data from student surveys, assessments, and written…
Descriptors: School Choice, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Probability
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Liming, Mary C.; Cuevas, Joshua – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2017
This study investigates the relation between review spacing and question format on student retention. Participants in an 8th grade Georgia Studies class reviewed previously learned material either in one sitting (massed review) or in multiple sessions (spaced review). Following the review, each participant answered questions either in multiple…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Testing, Social Studies
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Johnson, Sarah A.; Cuevas, Josh – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2016
Inquiry-based learning approaches have been promoted as an instructional method for students at all levels. An inquiry approach requires students to discover or construct knowledge through relevant activities and personal investigations. Due to the student driven nature of inquiry learning, it is reasonable to believe that students will become…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Reading Motivation, Inquiry
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Soares, Lina B. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2016
This research study sought to determine the impact from participation in a practicum field experience on teacher candidates' perceived professional dispositions for effective teaching. A further intent was to describe what teacher candidates perceived to be the necessary professional dispositions for effective teaching as they reflected on their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Field Experience Programs
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Cochrane, Sandra; Cuevas, Joshua A. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2015
The Common Core State Standards were implemented in the state of Georgia in the 2012/2013 school year replacing NCLB. Previous studies indicated that teachers and administrators viewed NCLB negatively, and the purpose of this study was to gauge teachers' perceptions of the new standards after they had been in effect for one and a half years.…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, High Stakes Tests
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Martinez, James; Tost, Jeremy R.; Wilfred, Shani P.; Hilgert, Larry D. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2014
The current Georgia study examines middle-school-aged gang and non-gang members regarding the risk factors of gang membership and potential effects of these risk factors on academic achievement. Participants, 406 eighth grade students from a suburban middle-school, completed a 42-item survey assessing an array of demographic and risk factor…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Juvenile Gangs, Grade 8, Suburban Schools
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Renaud-Grant, Chantelle – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2014
As students prepare to enter college and the workforce, there has been a demand for them to be more independent, critical thinkers, innovative designers, and thoughtful collaborators. This preliminary study describes how a Professional Development School (PDS) partnership, between a middle school and a university, provides a more authentic…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Professional Development Schools, College School Cooperation
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Lim, Woong; Guerra, Paula – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2013
This study provided a springboard for teacher preparation evaluation studies by examining what content and pedagogical content knowledge mathematics pre-service teachers demonstrated in the 4-8 mathematics teacher preparation program at an urban research university. Twenty nine pre-service students participated in an assessment called Diagnostic…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education