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ERIC Number: ED554328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 115
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-7926-6
The Role of Instructional Quality within School Sectors: A Multi-Level Analysis
Miller, Saralyn J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern Methodist University
On average, private school students outperform public school students on standardized tests. Research confirms these differences in student scores, but also shows that when student background characteristics are controlled, on average, public school students outperform private school students. Explaining achievement differences between sectors using student characteristics is informative to the research community, but searching for alternative explanations by examining differences between school processes, classroom practices and teacher instruction provides additional information to schools and educators. Prior research has used self-reported surveys to identify these alternative explanations as potential predictors of sector achievement differences. What the literature lacks are studies that have used teacher observation data to explain differences in sector achievement. This study fills this gap in the literature and examines whether instructional quality as measured by a direct observation tool impacts kindergarten mathematics achievement within school sectors differentially. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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