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Martell, Sandra Toro; Antrop-Gonzalez, Rene – Research in the Schools, 2008
Narrative is used to describe and understand how people construct meaning of their lives and experiences and how they think about their own and others' identities. We examined narrative as both data source and method of analysis for investigating learning in non-traditional school settings with students from diverse socio-economic status and…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Conventional Instruction, Socioeconomic Status, Interpersonal Relationship
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Rowland, Emily; Skinner, Christopher H.; Davis-Richards, Kai; Saudargas, Richard; Robinson, Daniel H. – Research in the Schools, 2008
Seductive details are interesting, but sometimes irrelevant to the target material present in texts and lectures. In the current study, 388 undergraduate students read six paragraphs describing Sigmund Freud's psychosexual stages (i.e., target material). Participants in four groups also read one of two biographical paragraphs. The biographical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Recall (Psychology), Primacy Effect, Higher Education
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Leech, Nancy L.; Goodwin, Laura D. – Research in the Schools, 2008
Due to the continued growth of qualitative research methodology, the demand for large-scale quasi-experimental studies, and a renewed interest in mixed methodologies, there is concern regarding methods courses taught in schools or colleges of education in the United States. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of current methods…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Doctoral Programs, Methods Courses, Research Methodology
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Charron, Camilo; Fischer, Jean-Paul; Meljac, Claire – Research in the Schools, 2008
To date, few studies have investigated the evolution of problem solving and general numeracy abilities during adulthood: skills that have obvious social importance. In this research, evolutions in adults' mental arithmetic skills were investigated using data from the IVQ 2004 French national survey, which tested 9,185 adults aged between 18 and…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Grade 1, Arithmetic, Aging (Individuals)
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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
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Hall, John D.; Howerton, D. Lynn; Jones, Craig H. – Research in the Schools, 2008
The No Child Left Behind Act and the accountability movement in public education caused many states to develop criterion-referenced academic achievement tests. Scores from these tests are often used to make high stakes decisions. Even so, these tests typically do not receive independent psychometric scrutiny. We evaluated the 2005 Arkansas…
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Achievement Tests, High Stakes Tests, Public Education
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Burgin, John S.; Hughes, Gail D. – Research in the Schools, 2008
To prevent summer achievement loss and help ensure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all students as mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), school districts are enacting summer enrichment programs. To determine effectiveness, additional student assessments are often required and instructional time is reduced. The goals of this study were to…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Literacy Education, Student Evaluation
Oxford, Raquel M.; Daniel, Larry G. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Uses a heuristic example, data from K. Holzinger and F. Swineford (1939) to illustrate the "holdout" method to assess the generalizability of results in multiple regression. Regression weighted from one data subset are used to compare estimated dependent variable scores from the opposite subset. (SLD)
Descriptors: Generalization, Heuristics, Regression (Statistics)
Diamond, Pollyann J.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Investigated reading achievement and attitudes as a function of grade, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status for 1,968 students in grades K-5 in Georgia. Findings show a small but significant relationship between reading achievement and attitudes toward reading. Ethnic differences were found with respect to reading achievement. (SLD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethnicity
Bauer, Scott C. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Studied the relationship between decision-making and communication practices of site-based teams and the perceived outcomes of site-based management through surveys completed by 133 participants in site-based management. Results show that measures relating to decision making and communications practices have a strong impact on stakeholder…
Descriptors: Administrators, Communication (Thought Transfer), Decision Making, Surveys
Mathews, Jerry G. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Used data from a state report card to determine which variables characterize bivariate and multivariate relationships between school quality indicator variables and academic status in high and low socioeconomic status schools and high and low achievement schools. Data from 1,319 schools provide information that may help meet the needs of at-risk…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Correlation, Educational Quality, High Risk Students
Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; DaRos-Voseles, Denise A. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Investigated the effectiveness of cooperative learning (CL) in a graduate-level research methodology course. Eighty-one students participated in the CL condition; 112 were in the individual learning condition. CL students had lower performance on the midterm examination, but no statistically significant difference was seen in performance on the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Graduate Students, Graduate Study
Barnette, J. Jackson – Research in the Schools, 2001
Studied the primacy effect (tendency to select items closer to the left side of the response scale) in Likert scales worded from "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree" and in the opposite direction. Findings for 386 high school and college students show no primacy effect, although negatively worded stems had an effect on Cronbach's alpha. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Students, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education
Witcher, Ann E.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Minor, Lynn C. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Studied the perceptions of 219 preservice teachers about the characteristics of effective teachers and investigated factors that may have influenced their responses. Identified six dominant themes, headed by student-centeredness and enthusiasm for teaching. Also established four profiles of student responses to these themes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Profiles, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Lammers, William J.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Slate, John R. – Research in the Schools, 2001
Studied the predominant study skills and weaknesses of college students in a sample of 366 undergraduates. Study skill weaknesses were identified in the areas of note-taking, reading skills, and time management. Study skills were also related to age, grade point average, and the number of hours spent studying each week. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, College Students, Higher Education
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