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Rambo-Hernandez, Karen E.; Peters, Scott J.; Plucker, Jonathan A. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2019
Despite considerable reform activity surrounding K-12 education over the past 20 years, racial and socioeconomic disparities among students who achieve at advanced levels have received little attention. This study examined how excellence gaps, defined as differences in performance at the 90th percentile of subgroups, change over time and their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Achievement Gap, Achievement Tests, Reading Achievement
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Schiefer, Julia; Golle, Jessika; Tibus, Maike; Oschatz, Kerstin – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2019
Scientific reasoning abilities are already developing in elementary-school-aged children and enable them to understand the world around them. The goal of the current study was to develop a new instrument for 8- to 10-year-old children in Grades 3 and 4 to measure their understanding of the steps of the "scientific inquiry cycle" (SIC).…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Science Process Skills, Inquiry
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Adelson, Jill L.; Cash, Kathleen M.; Pittard, Caroline M.; Sherretz, Christine E.; Pössel, Patrick; Blackburn, Allison D. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2019
The Reading and Me Survey (R&MS) measures reading self-perceptions and enjoyment of reading of intermediate elementary students and parallels the Math & Me Survey (M&MS). We examined its psychometric properties through content validation, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and reliability and…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Literature Appreciation, Reading Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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El-Abd, Maria; Callahan, Carolyn; Azano, Amy – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2019
The present study investigated predictive factors of literacy achievement in third-grade students identified as gifted in rural schools. The sample consisted of 180 identified students in a total of eight districts, three of which were randomly assigned to the treatment condition and five of which were randomly assigned to the control condition.…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Literacy, Reading Achievement, Elementary School Students
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Pereira, Nielsen; Bakhiet, Salaheldin Farah; Gentry, Marcia; Balhmar, Tahani Abdulrahman; Hakami, Sultan Mohammed – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2017
This study examined the psychometric properties and measurement invariance of the Arabic version of "My Class Activities" (MCA), an instrument designed to measure students' perceptions of interest, challenge, choice, and enjoyment in classrooms. Scores of 3,516 Sudanese students in Grades 2 to 8 were used. Confirmatory factor analysis…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Gifted
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Trinter, Christine P.; Moon, Tonya R.; Brighton, Catherine M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative study was to provide empirical evidence of the extent to which the types of tasks recommended by Sheffield for eliciting characteristics of mathematical promise allowed for the manifestation of these characteristics in primary-grade students within a problem-based learning (PBL) context. Data included student work…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving
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Cho, Seokhee; Yang, Jenny; Mandracchia, Marcella – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) units on gains in mathematics achievement and English proficiency of mathematically promising English language learners (MPELLs) in the third grade. The M3 program, developed by Gavin et al., was implemented for 1 year with treatment MPELLs (n = 86) but not…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Grade 3
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Foreman, Jennifer L.; Gubbins, E. Jean – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
Teacher nominations of students are commonly used in gifted and talented identification systems to supplement psychometric measures of reasoning ability. In this study, second grade teachers were requested to nominate approximately one fourth of their students as having high learning potential in the year prior to the students' participation in a…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Talent Identification, Psychometrics, Elementary School Teachers
Gilson, Cindy M.; Little, Catherine A.; Ruegg, Ashley N.; Bruce-Davis, Micah – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
Asking questions to promote higher-level thinking is often promoted as a way to challenge students, especially talented readers, to think more deeply about text and share their thinking. Recent research in a variety of educational fields has indicated that follow-up questions may be used to move all students forward in their abilities to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Questioning Techniques, Thinking Skills, Elementary School Students
Ryoo, Ji Hoon; Molfese, Victoria J.; Heaton, Ruth; Zhou, Xin; Brown, E. Todd; Prokasky, Amanda; Davis, Erika – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
The 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows average mathematics scores of U.S. fourth graders are lower than children in many Asian countries. There are questions about differences in mathematics skills at younger ages. This study examines differences in score growth for High-, Average-, and Low-performing children in two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Achievement Gains
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Kim, Kyung Hee; VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Bracken, Bruce A.; Feng, Annie; Stambaugh, Tamra – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
Project Clarion, a Jacob K. Javits-funded project, focused on the scale-up of primary-grade science curricula. Curriculum units, based on an Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM), were developed for high-ability learners, but tried out with all students in Title I settings to study the efficacy of the units with all learners. The units focus on the…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Standardized Tests