ERIC Number: ED280940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
What Works. Research about Teaching and Learning. Second Edition.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Educational research studies conducted in recent years are distilled into 59 significant findings or conclusions that can be used as a practical guide for parents and teachers seeking those educational practices found to be most effective in helping children to learn. The 59 findings are displayed one to a page. Each page is organized into three parts: (1) the "research finding," stated succinctly; (2) several paragraphs of "comment" elaborating on the finding; and (3) "references" to the major educational research studies that support the finding. The findings cover such topics as: reading to children, counting, early writing, developing talent, getting parents involved, phonics, science experiments, managing classroom time, tutoring, memorization, homework, school climate, discipline, effective principals, cultural literacy, foreign language, rigorous courses, extracurricular activities, and preparation for work. The 59 findings are grouped under three major headings: Home (9 topics), Classroom (29 topics), and School (21 topics). This handbook represents a concerted effort to demonstrate that the educational process is susceptible to being understood and that research can reveal practical concepts that will improve that process. It is an attempt to supply clear, accurate, reliable, and non-controversial information to parents and educators on some of the most important everyday educational questions. The original "What Works" (March 1986) contained 41 selected research findings about what works when it comes to educating a child. This updated edition contains an additional 19 findings, covering such topics as: television, teacher feedback, behavior problems, illustrations, solving word problems, cooperative learning, reading aloud, character education, libraries, attendance, success in a new school, mainstreaming, school to work transition. One earlier finding, on unexcused absences, was dropped. (WTB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Back to Basics, Classroom Techniques, Core Curriculum, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Role, Family School Relationship, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Parent Influence, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.