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Reyes, Jessica Wolpaw – Harvard Educational Review, 2015
In this article, Jessica Wolpaw Reyes investigates the link between lead exposure and student achievement in Massachusetts. Childhood exposure to even low levels of lead can adversely affect neurodevelopment, behavior, and cognitive performance. Using a panel dataset of cohorts of children born in the 1990s who were third and fourth graders in the…
Descriptors: Poisoning, Early Experience, Investigations, Academic Achievement
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Marshall, Elizabeth; Toohey, Kelleen – Harvard Educational Review, 2010
In this article, Elizabeth Marshall and Kelleen Toohey use critical discourse analysis to examine educators' efforts to incorporate funds of knowledge from the communities and families of Punjabi Sikh students in a Canadian elementary school. Using MP3 players, students first recorded and then translated their grandparents' stories of life in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Criticism, Discourse Analysis, Elementary School Students
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Clifford, Pat; Marinucci, Susan J. – Harvard Educational Review, 2008
In this Voices Inside Schools essay, Dr. Pat Clifford and Susan Marinucci take us inside a classroom engaged in "genuine inquiry." As we follow Russell and his fellow fifth-grade scientists through their exploration of desalination, we witness the evolving nature of questioning, learning, and understanding in spaces of inquiry. The authors offer…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Grade 5, Inquiry, Classroom Environment
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Hartry, Ardice; Fitzgerald, Robert; Porter, Kristie – Harvard Educational Review, 2008
In this article, Ardice Hartry, Robert Fitzgerald, and Kristie Porter present results from their implementation study of a structured reading program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in an afterschool setting. As the authors explain, schools and districts often view an extended school day as a promising way to address the literacy needs of…
Descriptors: Extended School Day, Reading Skills, Reading Programs, Program Implementation
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Grandau, Laura – Harvard Educational Review, 2005
In this article, Laura Grandau traces a self-study research project focused on teaching algebra to fourth-grade students. Facing a new curriculum and a new grade level, Grandau considers what good instruction and "good habits of practice" may be. Through journaling, videos, observations, analysis of students' verbal and written responses, and…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods