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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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Zelkowski, Jeremy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This article focuses on a secondary mathematics teacher education program where traditional field placements are prevalent in grades 9-12. Traditional, for this article, is defined as and comprised of: (a) straight-rowed desks in classrooms, (b) explicitly direct instruction (teacher-centered classrooms), (c) predominantly repetition of low-level…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities
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Sharer, Timothy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Several problems exert force on teachers just entering the profession including mandated testing, public reporting, and the loss of the flexible contexts teacher preparation institutions had for developing undergraduate teacher candidates. Teacher training institutions are scrambling to implement more effective ways to prepare teachers without…
Descriptors: Substitute Teachers, Student Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness
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Herley, Wade – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This paper examines the various generations that include the greatest generation, the baby-boomers, generation X, and generation Y. The research encompasses many motivational elements that each generation covets, rejects, or shares. These generations are at different stages in life and each plays a vital role within our society. The workforce has…
Descriptors: Generational Differences, Influences, Social Values, Veterans
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Surface, Jeanne L. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
In this distrustful, unstable, and ethically polarized era, there is a need to prepare school administrators to resolve a myriad of moral dilemmas. As professors of school administration, how can we make sure that our future leaders have the capacity to make thoughtful, ethical decisions? How do we prepare these leaders to develop, foster and lead…
Descriptors: School Administration, Administrator Education, Ethics, Ethical Instruction
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Mills, Ed – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
The great majority of America's population now resides in urban/suburban locales and consequently most Americans do not struggle with the question of whether their community can, or should, maintain its own school. Nevertheless, this question continues to confront many rural dwellers in all states. What follows is an action research project…
Descriptors: Rural Population, School Role, Institutional Survival, Action Research
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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
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Olson, Seth; Reed, Kris; Schweinle, Amy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Human relations training is intended to prepare teachers to be culturally sensitive to an increasingly diverse population. There is a growing trend in teacher education to train preservice teachers more effectively to meet the demands of multicultural society. However, limited research is available to guide the future design of human relations…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Literacy, Curriculum Evaluation
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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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Tanabe, Clifton S. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Given the extent to which our society values education, it is perplexing to learn that we continue to struggle to provide all children, especially homeless children, an adequate education. This troubling issue is the focus of this paper. Specifically, this paper will center around two basic questions; 1) what has the legal system done to ensure…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Legal Aid, Access to Education, Legal Responsibility
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Mielonen, Alissa Marie; Paterson, Wendy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Researchers agree that language and literacy derive from the first days of a child's life. Children become literate members in society by listening and interacting with the people that surround them. This study examines how children develop literacy through play by looking closely at the benefits of uninterrupted play and how it encourages…
Descriptors: Play, Literacy, Language Acquisition, Language Skills
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Foels, Sarah – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
"Big Expectations" discusses the benefits of developing and using big ideas for a diverse set of learners in social studies. Experimenting with both honors and inclusion classrooms at the middle school level, I found that all students are capable of relating to and thinking deeply about the content through the use of big ideas. Although…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Middle School Students, Honors Curriculum, Inclusion
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Dinkelman, Todd – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
The author draws on the voices of beginning teachers in a particular teacher education program and his own experiences as a teacher educator in several different settings to account for preservice teacher reflection and resistance to rationale-based social studies teacher education. Twelve categories represent the perspectives of beginning social…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Resistance (Psychology), Reflection, Preservice Teacher Education
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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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