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Satterfield, Diana L. – Journal of Education and Learning, 2019
However well-intentioned, standardization and increased testing conflict with theories and research that supports authentic learning and collaboration. Implementing methods to empower and engage students can feel nearly impossible within a high-stake environment. This article discusses the findings of an action research study conducted to explore…
Descriptors: Authentic Learning, Learner Engagement, Student Empowerment, High Stakes Tests
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Sclafani, Chris; Wickes, Dennis – Journal of Education and Learning, 2017
Much research has been conducted on reading levels of elementary school students. Teachers search for learning experiences that lend inclusion to all genders and levels. How does this all lay out for the students? The initial trial of the study looks into the impact and differences of gender and/or reading level on areas such as school enjoyment,…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Student Attitudes, Multivariate Analysis, Educational Practices
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Jaijairam, Paul – Journal of Education and Learning, 2016
First-Year Seminar (FYS) is an introductory class offered to first-year students to help them acclimate to the college environment, develop effective strategies for studying, and learn techniques that will allow them to swiftly complete small assignments and sizable research projects. In 2014, approximately 80 percent of universities offered FYS,…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, School Orientation, School Holding Power
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Belanger, John R. – Journal of Education and Learning, 2016
Team projects can optimize educational resources in a laboratory, but also create the potential for social loafing. Allowing students to choose their own groups could increase their motivation to learn and improve academic performance. To test this hypothesis, final grades and feedback from students were compared for the same course in two…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Assignments, College Seniors, Student Motivation
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Ankrum, Raymond J. – Journal of Education and Learning, 2016
The power of communication and community engagement utilized by teachers to actively involve parents and guardians in the educational process of their children is essential to the growth of the students. An important component to student motivation is a teacher's ability to leverage parental/guardian relationships. A teacher's ability to form…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Interpersonal Communication
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Barone, Toni-Ann; Sinatra, Richard; Eschenauer, Robert; Brasco, Robert – Journal of Education and Learning, 2014
The present case study investigated the impact of a short-term summer literacy approach on writing performance and self-perception of writing for young adolescents of low-income families residing in urban housing projects. The approach offered intensive literacy engagement to offset summer achievement loss; assisted ethnic-minority, low…
Descriptors: Writing Achievement, Self Concept, Low Income Groups, Case Studies
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Varuzza, Michelle; Sinatra, Richard; Eschenauer, Robert; Blake, Brett Elizabeth – Journal of Education and Learning, 2014
Conducted at 10 schools in four communities, this study investigated relationships of young adolescents' reading motivation, reading preference, and reading engagement as influenced by their English Language Arts teachers' use of instructional strategies. Students in eight sixth grade (N = 196) and nine seventh grade (N = 218) classes completed a…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Teachers, Teaching Methods, Early Adolescents
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Gellert, Laura M. – Journal of Education and Learning, 2013
This paper investigates the transformation of new elementary teachers in their understanding of mathematics in relation to pedagogy and learning. By participating in an intentionally created community of practice, new elementary school teachers, began to connect to mathematics in new ways: reflectively, confidently, and inquisitively. Analysis…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge