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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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Dailey, Ardella; Harris, Margaret; Plough, Bobbie; Porfilio, Brad; Winkelman, Peg – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The task of guiding the development of scholar-practitioners as leaders for social justice is inherently challenging. The dissertation journey, unlike any other journey practitioner-based doctoral students face in urban school settings, provides a steep learning curve as they transition from practitioner to scholar-practitioner. This journey…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Social Justice, Case Studies
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Green, Tanya R.; Allen, Mishaleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This quantitative causal-comparative study compared perceptions of professional development opportunities between high-achieving and low-achieving elementary-middle school teachers in an urban school district using the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). A total of 271 teachers participated including 134 (n = 134) teachers from high-achieving…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Chandler-Olcott, Kelly; Hinchman, Kathleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This article reports on a middle school literacy intervention implemented during a yearlong teacher-researcher collaboration. The purpose of this collaboration was to combine and adjust commonly recommended pedagogical approaches to address the literacy needs of a heterogeneous group of seventh graders attending an urban school. University…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Literacy Education, Middle School Teachers, Educational Research
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Page, C. Steven; Pendergraft, Beth; Wilson, Judi – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2014
This study was conducted to investigate if teachers at urban, rural and suburban elementary schools differ significantly in their sense of self-efficacy. The schools utilized for this research are located in the southeastern United States. Along with being in different geographic areas the schools are also different in their socioeconomic make-up…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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Ceprano, Maria A.; Chicola, Nancy A. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2012
This paper describes how 20 pre-service teachers enrolled in two social studies methods courses at Buffalo State College worked collaboratively to produce a Cross-cultural Literacy Fair at an urban-based elementary school. The participatory activities created for the event were provided in conjunction with a community after-school program and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Social Studies, Methods Courses, Literacy Education
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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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Ceprano, Maria A. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Six pre-service teacher candidates TCs, each engaged in field experiences in Kindergarten or First Grade classrooms at an urban based elementary school compared the impact of interactive read alouds and simple read alouds on children's Tier two vocabulary meaning acquisition and usage. Each TC read a different trade book that contained at least 8…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Preservice Teachers, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Orelus, Pierre – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
With the enactment of the NCLB mandates, emphasis on high-stakes testing became more prevalent than ever. Some argue that high-stakes tests can be a driving force behind fundamental change in schools. Whether or not this type of test-driven change leads to school improvement is an empirical question. What we do know is that high-stake testing can…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices