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Dajani, Majida – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
This study examined the results of promoting Palestinian students' engagement and fostering their understanding in addition to their inquiry skills through the application of thinking routines. Six teachers teaching fourth and fifth grades participated voluntarily in this action research project during the school year 2014-2015. The researcher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Action Research
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Henry, Denfield L.; Nistor, Nicolae; Baltes, Beate – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
Multiple studies propose that English proficiency dictates English language learners' (ELLs) performances on mathematics assessments. The current study investigates the predictive power of English proficiency on mathematics scores, while controlling for gender, socioeconomic status (SES), and grade level among ELLs at a south Florida elementary…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Elementary School Students, Scores
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Mitchell, Ingrid; Nistor, Nicolae; Baltes, Beate; Brown, Michelle – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
Black middle school students in the United States continue to perform poorly on standardized reading achievement tests in comparison to other racial and ethnic groups. The purpose of this research study was to examine the effectiveness of a vocabulary-focused test preparation program for Black middle school students. The theoretical framework…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Vocabulary, Low Income Students, Middle School Students
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Ross, Peter; Randolph, Justus – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
Distraction is a typical component of any classroom environment. For effective instruction and learning to take place, it is critical for students to eventually return to task and maintain task vigilance (i.e., returning to the task at hand) when a distraction occurs. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), by definition,…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Comparative Analysis, Classroom Environment, Correlation
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Grasparil, Theresa A.; Hernandez, David A. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2015
Poor literacy achievement among English learners has contributed significantly to their high dropout rates, poor job prospects, and high poverty rates. The National Literacy Panel on Language Minority Children and Youth has suggested that English learners benefit from the same direct, systematic instruction in the five essential components of…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, English Language Learners, Reading Skills, Literacy
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Butler, Allison G. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013
Research documents an income-based achievement gap in mathematics, yet children from lower-income backgrounds do not lag behind their more advantaged peers in high-level social reasoning tasks. The purpose here was to investigate whether modifying mathematics word problems to make them more socially based would impact the mathematics performance…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills
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Thompson, Carla J. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2012
Improving student performance for high-need student populations by improving the use of data in decision-making for early reading intervention programs in northwest Florida is the focus of this research to practice effort. The study is conceptually based on using a relational-feedback intervention (RFI) database model in early learning…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Data Collection
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Rollison, Julia M.; Ludlow, Larry H.; Wallingford, Todd – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a Teaching American History professional development program on content knowledge and confidence and anxiety associated with teaching economic literacy. Two content assessments and a confidence and anxiety instrument were administered to teachers prior to and immediately following a 2-week…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Anxiety, Professional Development, History Instruction
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Walker, Lori Raquel; Shepard, MaryFriend – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2011
Technology integration in school curricula promotes student achievement, yet many teachers are not successfully integrating technology for learning. This phenomenological study explored the strategies of 10 elementary teachers in Georgia who overcame barriers to technology integration to successfully incorporate lessons within the public school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Pennington, Rebecca – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2011
This study examined whether teacher portfolios can be validly and reliably assessed by investigating the effect of an instructional tool on increasing the level of reflective thinking in elementary preservice teachers' portfolios. It also examined whether reflective thinking in preservice teachers' electronic portfolios represented sufficient…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Preservice Teachers, Reflection, Evaluation Methods