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Appleton, James J.; Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
Substantial recent focus has been placed upon the competitiveness of American students in increasingly global economies and entrepreneurial enterprises. As concerns center on students' educational preparedness and their efforts at continued learning, researchers acknowledge the importance of student engagement with school. In order to foster…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Behavior, Effect Size, Classrooms
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Desjardins, Christopher David; Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 2010
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers' perceptions about the influence of scholarship on their decision to teach and to teach in a high-needs school were examined using cluster analysis. Three hundred and four STEM scholars, who were currently teaching, and who received funding from 45 institutions located throughout…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Multivariate Analysis, Scholarships, Program Effectiveness
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Huffman, Douglas; Thomas, Kelli; Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 2008
This study examined the science and mathematics instruction of teachers who were initially prepared by the Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation program (CETP). The focus of this study was on examining the extent to which science and mathematics teachers used more reform-oriented instructional practices in their classes when they…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Teaching (Occupation), Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Lawrenz, Frances; Gravely, Amy; Ooms, Ann – School Science and Mathematics, 2006
Use of technology in science and mathematics classes has been increasing, but there are differences in the amount of use of and students' perceptions of its helpfulness across grade levels and subject areas. Technology was reported as used only occasionally. Technology was used most often to understand or explore in more depth concepts taught in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, High School Students
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Huffman, Douglas; Thomas, Kelli; Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 2003
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between different types of professional development, teachers' instructional practices, and the achievement of students in science and mathematics. The types of professional development studied included immersion, examining practice, curriculum implementation, curriculum development, and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Curriculum Development, Mathematics Achievement, Teacher Surveys
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Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1985
Describes changes in teacher attitudes after completion of an inservice energy education workshop. Although there was a decrease in favorable attitudes towards curricular change, there was a modest, positive effect on participants (N=132) which should help to promote energy education. (DH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Beliefs, Curriculum Development, Educational Research
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Bruce, Christine K.; Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1991
The purpose of this study was to determine how well high school chemistry students can do the basic mathematical operations needed in chemistry and to compare these student abilities to teacher expectations. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills
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Lawrenz, Frances; Orton, Robert E. – School Science and Mathematics, 1989
Investigates similarities and differences of science and mathematics teachers' teaching practices related to critical thinking. Compares the two groups of teachers in terms of objectives and assessment techniques, teaching preferences, various activities, and use of cooperative groups. Reports the results for all of 53 items. (YP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers
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Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1988
Determined if student's perceptions of their classroom psychosocial environments were related to their knowledge of energy concepts and their attitudes toward energy. Reported grade level differences in the relationships. Found that the most relevant factors appeared to be competitiveness for the seventh graders and cohesiveness for the fourth…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Elementary School Science
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Lawrenz, Frances; McCreath, Heather – School Science and Mathematics, 1988
Describes the environments existing in Southwestern schools having a majority of Native American students. Concludes that the schools have a potential to promote Native American participation in science and mathematics, but they have high teacher turnover and limited amounts of professional contact and communication. (YP)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Lawrenz, Frances; Dantchik, Arthur – School Science and Mathematics, 1985
Investigated developmental and/or sex components of energy attitudes using Kuhn's Energy Opinionnaire. Results indicate that changes in student attitudes through grade levels are consistent with cognitive and affective development literature and that sex differences are more pronounced in older students (with females having a more external world…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Elementary School Science, Energy, Energy Education
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Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1983
This study assessed the current state of energy knowledge among students in grades 4, 7, and 10-12 in order to identify areas in which future instruction would be most beneficial. Sex differences were also investigated. (MNS)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Conservation, Environmental Education
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Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1986
Presents baseline data about the existing state of elementary school teachers knowledge of physical science. A teacher questionnaire and physical science test were administered to participants (N=333) of a physical science inservice training program in Arizona. Results revealed inadequacies in teachers' knowledge of physical science and the…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Misconceptions
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Lawrenz, Frances – School Science and Mathematics, 1986
Determined if, after in-service programs, teachers' attitudes toward energy conservation were transferred to their students (including fourth-grade, seventh-grade, and high school students). Results (based on correlations) indicate that the hoped-for transfer of teacher attitudes toward energy to their students may not take place. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Inservice Teacher Education