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ERIC Number: EJ915544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Student Initiatives in Urban Elementary Science Classrooms
Lewis, Scott; Lee, Okhee; Santau, Alexandra; Cone, Neporcha
School Science and Mathematics, v110 n3 p160-172 Mar 2010
Student initiatives play an important role in inquiry-based science with all students, including English language learning (ELL) students. This study examined initiatives that elementary students made as they participated in an intervention to promote science learning and English language development over a three-year period. In addition, the study examined whether student initiatives were related to other domains of classroom practices. The study involved 70 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade classrooms with ELL students in six urban elementary schools. Results indicated that students generally made few, low-quality initiatives. Student initiatives were generally not related to the other domains of classroom practices for grades 3 and 4, whereas initiatives were significantly related to almost all the other domains for grade 5. These results contribute to the knowledge base for fostering ELL students' initiatives in science classrooms. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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