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Soboleski, Penny K. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The three-fold purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the impact of the computer-based reading program Fast ForWord (FFW) on the reading achievement of second-grade students in an Ohio school district. The sample included 360 students (treatment group, n = 85; control group, n = 275) from four elementary buildings. FFW is an…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Investigations, Intervention, Reading Programs
Nunnery, John A.; Yen, Cherng-Jyh; Ross, Steven M. – Online Submission, 2011
The National Institute of School Leadership's (NISL's) Executive Development Program (EDP) was established to provide professional development to school leaders to drive their schools to high performance. The program emphasizes the role of principals as strategic thinkers, instructional leaders, and creators of a just, fair, and caring culture in…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Management Development, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Kushman, Jim; Hanita, Makoto; Raphael, Jacqueline – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2011
Students entering high school face many new academic challenges. One of the most important is their ability to read and understand more complex text in literature, mathematics, science, and social studies courses as they navigate through a rigorous high school curriculum. The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest conducted a study to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Reading, Program Evaluation
Harvey, Michael W. – Online Submission, 2011
School systems across the country continuously seek to find ways to increase academic achievement at all grades. Possessing the ability to read is one of the keys to academic success; not being able to presents many challenges. Union County Public Schools and the state of North Carolina expect students leaving their kindergarten year to be able to…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Action Research, Compulsory Education, Reading Failure
Whyte, Alyson – National Writing Project (NJ1), 2011
This study of 32 public secondary school English teachers in the state of Alabama and of 477 students in these teachers' participating classes, employed teacher and student surveys and early- and late-in-course samples of timed narrative and persuasive writing. As predicted, NWP teachers wrote more extensively than comparison teachers, and the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, Public School Teachers, National Programs
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Barnes, Randall A.; Piland, William E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2011
This investigation was a case study to measure the retention and persistence effects of a learning community in developmental English at an urban community college. The study used student demographic and course outcome data to quantify the extent to which learning community participation could contribute toward remedying the historically low…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Orr, Margaret Terry; Orphanos, Stelios – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2011
Purpose: This study attempted to determine the influence of exemplary leadership preparation on what principals learn about leadership, their use of effective leadership practices, and how their practices influence school improvement and the school's learning climate. The authors also investigated how the frequency of effective leadership…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Graduate Study, Context Effect, Principals
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Gonzalez, Jorge E.; Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn; Simmons, Deborah C.; Taylor, Aaron B.; Davis, Matthew J.; Kim, Minjun; Simmons, Leslie – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
This study evaluated the effects of integrating science and social studies vocabulary instruction into shared book reading with low-income preschool children. Twenty-one preschool teachers and 148 children from their classrooms were randomly assigned at the class level to either the Words of Oral Reading and Language Development (WORLD)…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Low Income Groups, Social Studies, Sciences
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Rasinski, Timothy; Samuels, S. Jay; Hiebert, Elfrieda; Petscher, Yaacov; Feller, Karen – Reading Psychology, 2011
Reading fluency has been identified as a key component in effective literacy instruction (National Reading Panel, 2000). Instruction in reading fluency has been shown to lead to improvements in reading achievement. Reading fluency instruction is most commonly associated with guided repeated oral reading instruction. In the present retrospective…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Reading Comprehension, Silent Reading, Reading Fluency
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Breso, Edgar; Schaufeli, Wilmar; Salanova, Marisa – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2011
Using the Social Cognitive Theory as a theoretical framework, this study evaluated a 4-month, individual cognitive-behavioral intervention program to decrease burnout and increase self-efficacy, engagement, and performance among university students. The main objective of the intervention was to decrease the anxiety the students coped with before…
Descriptors: College Students, Burnout, Self Efficacy, Learner Engagement
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Wischusen, Sheri M.; Wischusen, E. William; Pomarico, Steven M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2011
The Biology Intensive Orientation for Students (BIOS) Program at Louisiana State University was designed to increase the success of incoming freshman biology majors in the first course in their major. The program combined content lectures and examinations for BIOL 1201-Introductory Biology for Science Majors, the first course in their major, as…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Biology, Freshman Composition, First Year Seminars
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Porowski, Allan; Passa, Aikaterini – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2011
Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is a nationwide initiative designed to connect needed community resources with schools to help students, particularly those identified as at-risk, successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. As part of a comprehensive 5-year national evaluation of CIS, ICF International conducted a school-level…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Community Resources
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Codding, Robin S.; Chan-Iannetta, Lisa; George, Shauna; Ferreira, Kristine; Volpe, Robert – School Psychology Quarterly, 2011
The purpose of this study was to use multilevel modeling to compare the effects of KPALS alone and combined with goal setting and reinforcement to a control condition on early numeracy performance of 96 kindergarteners. Demographic variables were examined as moderators. Results differed according to early numeracy measure, with both versions of…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Academic Achievement, Numeracy, Goal Orientation
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Hawkins, Renee O.; Hale, Andrea; Sheeley, Wesley; Ling, Stacy – Psychology in the Schools, 2011
Using an adapted alternating treatments design, this study compared the effects of two intervention conditions on the reading fluency, comprehension, and comprehension rate of six high-school students reading below grade level. Students were repeatedly exposed to repeated reading (RR), repeated reading and vocabulary previewing (RR + VP), and no…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Achievement, Low Achievement, Reading Comprehension
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Proctor, C. Patrick; Dalton, Bridget; Uccelli, Paola; Biancarosa, Gina; Mo, Elaine; Snow, Catherine; Neugebauer, Sabina – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011
This quasi-experimental study investigated the effects of an Internet-delivered universally designed depth of vocabulary intervention that targeted both English-speaking and Spanish-English-speaking students. Two hundred forty students, 49% of whom were Spanish-English bilinguals, participated in the 16-week intervention. Intervention students…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
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