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Seymour, Clancy M.; Garrison, Mark J. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
The implementation of value-added models of teacher evaluation continue to expand in public education, but the effects of using student test scores to evaluate K-12 physical educators necessitates further discussion. Using the five National Standards for K-12 Physical Education from the Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE),…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, National Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Education
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Friedland, Ellen; Kuttesch, Elizabeth; McMillen, Susan; del Prado Hill, Pixita – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
While teacher candidates take courses that prepare them to deliver content in secondary content area classrooms, they often lack the knowledge necessary to help their future students learn discipline-specific information through the use of literacy strategies. In many cases, content area teacher candidates do not view themselves as literacy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Secondary School Teachers, Literacy Education
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Weber, Sherri – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
Urban schools, especially those serving high minority, high poverty, and low performing students, are in desperate need of high-quality teachers, yet issues with retention, recruitment, and preparedness plague urban districts (Aragon, Culpepper, McKee & Perkins, 2014). Teacher educators are challenged to prepare teacher candidates to overcome…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Preservice Teachers, Urban Education, Urban Schools
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Lawrence, Salika A. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
This qualitative study examines how pre-service teachers in urban elementary classrooms develop student literacy with multicultural literature. By evaluating the action research reports of three pre-service teacher candidates, the authors determine how reading experiences with texts align to Bloom's Taxonomy and expectations for Common Core State…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Multicultural Education, Qualitative Research, Elementary School Curriculum
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Jakubowski, Casey; Kulka, Lisa – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Since 1958, the New York State Education Department has officially promoted the policy of consolidating small, rural schools. This policy is delineated in the Master Plan for School Reorganization, and while the centralization of most one-room rural schools has been successful, the state has been less successful in the consolidation of smaller,…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Rural Schools, School Districts, Centralization
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Ashley, Jason – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Teacher preparation evaluation has expanded rapidly since 1998, pushed by "failing" rhetoric adopted by many educational leaders, such as Michelle Rhee, founder of the Students First organization. Led by the ideas and arguments put forth by Diane Ravitch, others think that there is too much focus on red herrings and that there are, in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Theory Practice Relationship
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Burns, Barbara A.; Henry, Julie J.; Lindauer, Jeffrey R. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This action research study examined the effectiveness of one model for supporting candidates in their work in preparing and submitting their edTPA portfolios. Surveys of student teachers and their cooperating teachers were administered and analyzed to determine how the model impacted their experiences with the edTPA. This data can inform…
Descriptors: Action Research, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Student Surveys
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Cummins, Sean; Streiff, Melissa; Ceprano, Maria – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2012
The academic landscape has been changing over the last several years bringing with it an emphasis on high stakes testing. Studies conducted over the past several years that have shown the success of the Question-Answer-Relationships (QAR) strategy in helping students develop their comprehension skill. This study looks at the effects of the QAR…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Grade 4, Reading Strategies
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Sears, Emilie – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2012
It is important to find the means by which struggling writers can find success in the English Language Arts. For students struggling with reading and writing, the visual arts may be a way of accessing and expressing their ideas and ultimately opening up a world of creative possibilities. This article explores drawing and painting as a pre-writing…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Poetry, Creative Writing
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Davis, Allison – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Despite the enactment of No Child Left Behind (2002), many urban school districts continue to battle the achievement gap and struggle with low literacy rates. Authentic writing instruction, a main component of literacy, is being cut in those districts that struggle most to accommodate other demands made by the nation and state. The primary purpose…
Descriptors: Diaries, Student Journals, Journal Writing, Art Education
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Seitz, Lindsey – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Over the last 15 years, researchers have become increasingly interested in children's motivation to read. Because reading is an exigent activity that often involves choice, motivation is crucial to reading engagement. The purpose of this case study was to investigate student attitudes toward reading at summer reading clinic through an urban…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Reading Attitudes, Reading Motivation
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Meyer, Michael James – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This article is about my experiences as a ninth grade history teacher trying to implement a "big idea" unit on ancient African history. My experiences as a first year teacher and also my experience in seeing this unit develop over three years are chronicled. I conclude that implementing a big idea strategy of instruction is possible in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Units of Study, Secondary School Teachers, African Studies
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Grant, S. G.; Gradwell, Jill M. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Although the literature base is replete with ideas about how to develop and support rich social studies teaching, advocates have been unable to show a consistently positive effect. Good history teachers take no single shape. Grant (2003, 2005) suggests that it is the interplay of teachers' deep subject matter knowledge, knowledge of their…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Social Studies, History Instruction, Instructional Innovation
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Karb, Joseph D.; Beiter, Andrew T. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
All too often, social studies teachers present the cruelty of the Holocaust as an isolated event. These units focus on Hitler, gas chambers, and war crimes and end with a defiant and honorable "Never again!" While covering mass murder in this way is laudable, it ultimately might not go as far as it could. For as teaches if we really want…
Descriptors: Death, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Prevention
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Sampson, Meg – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This article is a compellation of my work with big ideas and my findings based on that work for the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year. I worked with three 11th grade students that have in the past struggled to pass the Global Studies Regents exam. The class was created as a RCT (Regents Competency Test) preparation course. The purpose…
Descriptors: Success, Beginning Teachers, Faculty Development, Global Education