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Glazer, Morgan; Harris, Kara; Ost, Dottie; Gower, Mariah; Ceprano, Maria – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
This article describes a pilot study conducted by teacher candidates (TCs) at an elementary level charter school in Buffalo, New York. The TCs, undergraduate and graduate level college students, enrolled in an English Language Arts/Social Studies methods course block, wrote bilingual English/Spanish information texts and used them in conjunction…
Descriptors: Bilingual Instructional Materials, Teaching Methods, Pilot Projects, Preservice Teachers
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Clayton, Christine; Kilbane, Jim; McCarthy, Mary Rose – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
This study examines cases of teacher leaders in a professional development program that employed teacher inquiry to promote student inquiry. Program documents, observations, and interviews were examined to create three cases of high school science and math teachers learning to inquire in tandem. Guided by Cochran-Smith and Lytle's (2009)…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development
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Byker, Erik Jon; Coffey, Heather; Harden, Susan; Good, Amy; Heafner, Tina L.; Brown, Katie E.; Holzberg, Debra – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
Using case study method, this study examines the impact of an inquiry-based learning program among a cohort of first-semester undergraduates (n = 104) at a large public university in the southeastern United States who are aspiring to become teachers. The Boyer Commission (1999) asserted that inquiry-based learning should be the foundation of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, College Freshmen
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Shea, Mary; Ceprano, Maria – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
This article outlines the complexity of reading with understanding, what is required for full and deep comprehension, the state of affairs with regard to reading comprehension in developed countries, possible etiologies for low performances, and suggestions for instruction in specific skills and strategies to improve students' demonstrated…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Etiology, Reading Strategies, Comparative Education
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Schulte, Ann – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
Preliminary data was collected as part of the program assessment of a yearlong teaching residency program in rural California where preservice teachers conducted action research as the culminating activity for a Masters degree. Focus groups and survey data from program graduates were analyzed and compared to findings from the research literature.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Action Research, Program Evaluation
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Gholam, Alain – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
Visual thinking routines are principles based on several theories, approaches, and strategies. Such routines promote thinking skills, call for collaboration and sharing of ideas, and above all, make thinking and learning visible. Visual thinking routines were implemented in the teaching methodology graduate course at the American University in…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, International Schools, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Hallman, Heidi; Deufel, Thompson – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
This article describes a method of storytelling that can assist novice teachers in moving toward "re-seeing" their stories of teaching not just as narratives of experience, but as sites for work to be done. The assignment novice teachers undertook as part of a methods class in the teaching of English language arts has the potential to be…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Methods Courses, Language Arts, Assignments
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Wolken, David J. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Over the course of the past few decades, scholars and theorists have engaged in a dynamic and concerted effort to interpret, make sense of, and resist a variety of social phenomena often categorized under the concept of "postmodernism." This project has also been taken up by educators of various stripes, especially those who identify…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Postmodernism, Theory Practice Relationship, Critical Theory
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Shea, Mary; Roberts, Nancy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
This article describes a strategy that emphasizes the integration of all language and literacy skills for learning across content areas as well as the importance CCSS place on learners' ability to ask questions about information, phenomena, or ideas encountered (Ciardiello, 2012/2013). FIVES is a strategy that meaningfully integrates…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Comprehension, Educational Strategies, Literacy
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Snead, Donald; Burris, Kathleen G. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to understand middle school teachers' perspectives on the role of homework. Approximately 118 middle school teachers volunteered to complete open-ended surveys describing their perceptions regarding the effectiveness of homework. Qualitative analysis revealed teachers identified several instructional and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Homework, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation
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Huss, John; Eastep, Shannon – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Faculty members in a College of Education responded to a mixed methods questionnaire regarding their attitudes toward the use of humor as a pedagogical tool. Quantitative data and coding of open response questions revealed that instructors overall considered humor to be an integral part of their teaching plan and that humor relaxes students,…
Descriptors: Humor, College Faculty, Statistical Analysis, Feedback (Response)
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del Prado Hill, Pixita; Friedland, Ellen S.; McMillen, Susan – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
This article presents two innovative tools--the Mathematics-Literacy Planning Framework and Mathematics-Literacy Implementation Checklist--which are designed to help instructional coaches and specialists support teachers to meet the challenges of the mathematics-literacy integration goals of the Common Core. Developed with teacher input, these…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Check Lists, Common Core State Standards, Literacy
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Hong, Carrie Eunyoung; Van Riper, Irene – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The technological infrastructure for the use of instructional and professional videos is common in today's educational venues. However, there has been a dearth of awareness and training to help teachers critically analyze and effectively utilize video recordings of authentic classroom instruction for their professional development. This self-study…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Video Technology, Special Education, Faculty Development
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Hayes, Shirley – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
Working and researching in a Reggio-inspired preschool for one year allowed me to witness repeated rituals of schooling, especially the walk-around-the-candle birthday ceremony. In this paper, I focus on the importance of ritual to human endeavors and share the educational, transformational, and caring quality that these rituals hold for children…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Reggio Emilia Approach, Teaching Methods, Caring
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Shea, Mary – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This article outlines a rational for responsive, differentiated writing instruction that targets students' identified needs with respect to various dimensions of the writing process. Discussed is a cycle that requires ongoing assessment, instructional decision-making, responsive, differentiated instruction, guided practice, and assessment.…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Writing Instruction, Student Needs, Authors
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