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Chita-Tegmark, Meia; Gravel, Jenna W.; Serpa, Maria de Lourdes B.; Domings, Yvonne; Rose, David H. – Journal of Education, 2012
This article describes the mechanism through which cultural variability is a source of learning differences. The authors argue that the Universal Design for Learning can be extended to capture the way learning is influenced by cultural variability, and show how the UDL framework might be used to create a curriculum that is responsive to this…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Diversity, Cultural Differences
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Cowin, Kathleen M.; Cohen, Leonora M.; Ciechanowski, Kathryn M.; Orozco, Richard A. – Journal of Education, 2012
This qualitative self-study focused on the mentoring experiences of three junior faculty members and their mentor. Using portraiture as the methodology, we created dialogic word "portraits" to illustrate our mentoring processes based on retrospective reviews of emails, discussion transcriptions, and free-writes. The portraits were…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Mentors, Teacher Collaboration, Power Structure
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Nielson, Diane Corcoran; Friesen, Lisa Dinner; Fink, Judy – Journal of Education, 2012
This study examined the effectiveness of a model of language-focused instruction, delivered by the classroom teacher, on the vocabulary and narrative development of kindergarten children living in high-poverty conditions. There were 22 participants, the majority significantly behind their peers on standardized measures of vocabulary and narrative…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten
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Templeton, Shane – Journal of Education, 2012
Students' knowledge of morphology can play a critical role in vocabulary development, and by extension, reading comprehension and writing. This reflection describes the nature of this knowledge and how it may be developed through the examination of generative vocabulary knowledge and the role of the spelling system in developing this knowledge. In…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Morphology (Languages), Role
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Lemberger, Matthew E.; Brigman, Greg; Webb, Linda; Moore, Molly M. – Journal of Education, 2012
An overview of the Student Success Skills program is offered, including descriptions of the curricular structure, extant research support related to SSS effectiveness for academic achievement and improved school behaviors, and a theory of change for student development. Recent research has demonstrated the value of the SSS program as it connects…
Descriptors: Success, Evidence, Cognitive Ability, Social Change
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Gehsmann, Kristin M.; Templeton, Shane – Journal of Education, 2012
This article describes a model of literacy development as reflected in students' spelling. The model, based on research that identified five stages of word knowledge, explains the development of this knowledge in readers and writers, and provides a framework for elementary-grade instruction that is intended to: (1) address grade-level expectations…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Spelling, Word Recognition, Knowledge Level
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d'Souza, Lisa A. – Journal of Education, 2012
A case study of a beginning teacher in an urban high school, conducted over five years including one preservice year and the first four years of teaching, describes how the teacher came to understand and amend her assessment practices through guided questioning of student work. The protocol poses questions to engage teachers in discussions about…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Case Studies, Beginning Teachers, Urban Schools
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d'Entremont, Chad; Norton, Jill; Bennett, Michael; Piazza, Peter – Journal of Education, 2012
Since 2006, the Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move (SOM) Prize has been awarded annually to a Boston public school that has made significant progress in improving student achievement. This case study identifies the structures and strategies that best serve students in prizewinning schools, provides a profile of each of the four winning schools…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Awards, Recognition (Achievement)
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Cass, Richard J. – Journal of Education, 2011
Recent reports indicate that the expressive writing needs of students who struggle have become a critical and life-influencing problem. This article provides an overview of current research on the writing needs of students with LD and a practitioner-based reflection on the Singer and Bashir EmPOWER approach, a resource that can help teachers meet…
Descriptors: Reflection, Learning Disabilities, Children, Student Empowerment
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Cannady, Matthew; McEachern, Kirstin Pesola; Piazza, Peter; Power, Christine; Ryan, Amy – Journal of Education, 2011
In the U. S., there is significant controversy about how teachers should be prepared and licensed. Many of the sharpest controversies stem from public skepticism about whether formal teacher preparation is necessary given the lack of conclusive evidence that it has a direct impact on students' achievement. This article presents a review of recent…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Practices, Teaching Experience, Literature Reviews
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Ellis, Edwin S.; Wills, Stephen; Deshler, Donald D. – Journal of Education, 2011
An analysis of the rationale and theoretical foundations of the Genius Discipline-specific Literacy Model and its use of SMARTvisuals to cue information-processing skills and strategies and focus attention on essential informational elements in high-frequency topics in history and the English language arts are presented. Quantitative data…
Descriptors: Gifted, Literacy, Models, Information Processing
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Welch, Matthew James – Journal of Education, 2011
Current school reform debates often connect schools' autonomy to opportunities for pedagogical innovation. Scholars have argued that in charter schools, this theory does not always hold. While charter schools offer choices for parents, the array of possibilities is narrower than advocates envision. This article reports on an historical examination…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Practices, Governance, Educational Change
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Alviar-Martin, Theresa – Journal of Education, 2011
This qualitative case study examined the beliefs and practice of two teachers in an international school to inform debates about the potential of education for critical, transnational, and multiple citizenship. Data from interviews and observations indicated that teachers conceptualized and taught citizenship in ways that reflected the fluid and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Role of Education
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Lapp, Diane; Shea, Andrea; Wolsey, Thomas DeVere – Journal of Education, 2011
Weblogs or blogging may foreground audience needs for a written work and help novice authors grow in audience awareness and elicit and use audience feedback. A case study of a second-grade classroom compared students' growing audience awareness and the ways they addressed audience needs. Analysis of student written work, students' comments to…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Electronic Publishing, Web 2.0 Technologies, Computer Mediated Communication
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Brisk, Maria Estela; Hodgson-Drysdale, Tracy; O'Connor, Cheryl – Journal of Education, 2011
This study examined the teaching of report writing in PreK-5 through the lens of systemic functional linguistics theory. Teachers were part of a university-public school collaboration that included professional development on teaching genres, text organization, and language features. Grounded in this knowledge, teachers explicitly taught report…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition), Reports
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