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Irvine, Jeff – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2019
One of the primary goals of teacher education is to aid preservice candidates in formulating a personal philosophy of teaching that is research-based. Teacher candidates should recognize that their philosophy of teaching and learning must be grounded in research-affirmed theory, certain dimensions of which (e.g., motivation) are critical to…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Theories, Models, Preservice Teachers
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Salgado, Robina; Mundy, Marie-Anne; Kupczynski, Lori; Challoo, Linda – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2018
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of teacher efficacy, the type of certification route taken by individuals, the number of content hours taken in the sciences, field-based experience and class size on middle school student achievement as measured by the 8th grade STAAR in a region located in South Texas. This data provides…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Teacher Certification, Course Content
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Alfaro, Veronica; Kupczynski, Lori; Mundy, Marie-Anne – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2015
State and federal accountability continues to be a major part of public education. The impact that federal legislation has had when working with special needs students adds another facet to public education. Both state and federal accountability play a part in how teachers perceive their attitudes when working with students with disabilities This…
Descriptors: Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers
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Mayfield, V. M.; Garrison-Wade, Dorothy – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2015
Despite our best efforts, black children still lag behind white children in academic performance on standardized academic measures. Unconscious racism and our lack of ability to confront it present the most salient reason for the indefatigable prevalence of inequitable opportunities for children of color which undeniably result in achievement…
Descriptors: Cultural Relevance, Educational Change, Racial Differences, African American Students
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Flores, Ingrid M. – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2015
Pedagogical competence and teaching efficacy significantly influence the quality of classroom science learning. Without applying pedagogical learning in realistic classroom environments, there is slight possibility that prospective teachers will increase their teaching confidence or develop understanding of how learners acquire and construct…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Camahalan, Faye Marsha G.; Ruley, Andrea G. – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2014
This teacher research project focused on utilizing blended learning to teach writing to middle school students. The intervention was designed to fit into individual lessons needed to improve students' writing skills with the main focus on sentence structure. Sixteen (16) 7th grade students were assessed with a writing sample applying the new…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Writing Instruction, Action Research, Research Projects
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Mann, Matthew James; Maxwell, Gerri M.; Holland, Glenda – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2013
This study examined differences in Texas middle school student achievement in science by school district enrollment size. Quantitative research utilized analysis of variance to determine whether significant differences existed between student achievement on the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills 8th grade science results and four school…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Achievement, School District Size, Statistical Analysis
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Tsao, Yea-Ling; Pan, Ting-Rung – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2013
The purpose of this study is to investigate teachers' understanding and knowledge of computational estimation, and teaching practice toward to computational estimation. There are six fifth-grade elementary teachers who participated in this study; three teachers with mathematics/ science major and three teachers with non-mathematics/science major.…
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level, Teaching Methods
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Garcia, SantaPaula Gama; Jones, Don; Holland, Glenda; Mundy, Marie-Anne – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2013
The purpose of this study was to compare two middle schools in one school district in south Texas to determine if presence or absence of instructional coaches has an effect on student achievement. The research design was a quantitative pre experimental study: a nonequivalent (posttest only) control group design in which the experimental group and…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Instructional Improvement, Statistical Analysis, Control Groups
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Almerico, Gina M.; Martin, Nicole; Masuck, William; Strickland, Cynthia; Thomas, Jessica – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2012
Teaching social studies in the elementary and middle school curriculum is enhanced by incorporating quality children's and adolescent literature and strategies that bring the human element into play. American tall tales are a genre unique to the history of our nation and provide a glimpse into the way early settlers of the west envisioned heroism…
Descriptors: Tales, Teaching Methods, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Faitar, Gheorghita M.; Faitar, Silviu L. – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2012
The development of an equally beneficial and efficient teaching and learning system implies the application of multiple educational theories and methods. One method that had become prominent throughout the years is ability tracking. Based on this method, elementary and middle-school students are grouped into levels that are designated to…
Descriptors: Track System (Education), Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Minority Group Students
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Taylor, Joanna; Bilbrey, Jerry – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2012
This research analyzed the teacher-directed instruction against the effectiveness of inquiry-based instruction at a subject school in Alabama for 5th grade science and mathematics. The Alabama school changed the science and mathematics curriculum for a period of 3 years and in the process became an Alabama Math, Science and Technology (AMSTI)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Grade 5
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Thomas, Angela Falter – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2012
Two language arts teachers in a small, rural middle school set a goal of improving their reading instruction and ultimately their students' learning. The two teachers implemented Reading Workshop as their new methodology for teaching reading to all six of their 7th and 8th grade classes. Interviews and classroom observations, over the course of…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Rural Schools, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Chen, Pin-Hwa; Wu, Jen-Rung – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2010
In recent years, many Taiwanese elementary schools have implemented extensive reading activities in their respective campuses. In order to motivate pupils to read, teachers and parents would offer pupils contingent rewards. As we know, the use of rewards in educational settings as a way to improve motivation is a controversial issue. Previous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Reading Motivation, Rewards
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Schlesinger, Warren; Cohen, Alan – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2009
The Foundation for Excellent Schools supports a nationwide project, the Century Program, to link 100 rural and inner city schools middle schools with 100 colleges and universities. The TDP goal is to increase college going awareness among middle school students from families where going to college is not a family or community tradition. This paper…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Program Development, Critical Thinking, Writing Skills