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Polly, Drew – Research in the Schools, 2016
Researchers have linked teachers' use of mathematical tasks and questions to students' achievement in mathematics, and also have documented that the types of tasks and questions posed might change throughout the year in grades that include high-stakes tests of student achievement. This qualitative research study explored 3 elementary school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement
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Holtz, Jill; McCurdy, Merilee; Roehling, Julia V. – Research in the Schools, 2015
Within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, Tier 1 instruction requires the selection of research-based core curricula. However, many educators and administrators are not aware of high-quality core writing curricula. The authors assembled a rubric to assist schools in evaluating core writing curricula for Grades 3-5. Rubric components…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Writing Across the Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades
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Cotabish, Alicia; Dailey, Deborah; Hughes, Gail D.; Robinson, Ann – Research in the Schools, 2011
In order to increase the quality and quantity of science instruction, elementary teachers must receive professional development in science learning processes. The current study was part of a larger randomized field study of teacher and student learning in science. In two districts in a southern state, researchers randomly assigned teacher…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Faculty Development, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Taboada, A.; Kidd, J. K.; Tonks, S. M. – Research in the Schools, 2010
In this study, we explored 3 Grade 4 English Language Learners' (ELLs) perceptions of teacher autonomy-supporting practices in literacy instruction in science. The support of autonomy in literacy classes is central to students' internal motivation for reading. Given that many ELLs are at risk for reading failure, understanding autonomous learning…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Reading Difficulties, Literacy Education, Reading Failure
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Gregg, Madeleine; Sekeres, Diane Carver – Research in the Schools, 2008
Biofunctional cognitive theory describes learning as a dynamic cycle of reflection between the brain, which coordinates contributions from multiple biological sources, and the mind, which selects and organizes them into wholethemes. The children in the lead author's third-grade class participated in a study of how the theory supported learning in…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, At Risk Students, Grade 3, Epistemology
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DiStefano, Christine; Kamphaus, R. W. – Research in the Schools, 2008
The current study investigated child behavioral change during the early years of elementary school. Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1992) teacher ratings of child behavior were collected over a three-year period. The sample consisted of 162 children measured yearly between first and third grade.…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Behavior Change, Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems