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Galanti, Terrie McLaughlin; Holincheck, Nancy; Tecuci, Georghe; Boicu, Mihai; trefil, James; Marcu, Dorin – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
The interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded research project "Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Science with 'sInvestigator'" supports undergraduate students as they explore scientific topics and problems with the use of an intelligent computer system called "sInvestigator" (science Investigator). The research…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Credibility, Internet, Undergraduate Students
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Carboni, Nicci; Bhana, Deevia – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
In this paper, we investigate how teenage South African girls give meaning to gender and sexualities through online sexually explicit materials (SEM). We choose to move away from protectionist discourses which produce constructs of young people, especially girls, as vulnerable, passive and susceptible to online dangers. Instead we focus on young…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Adolescents, Sexuality
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Logan, Jessica; Jiang, Hui; Yeomans-Maldonado, Gloria – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
In education research, conceptual models are becoming more complex and more challenging to fit. In response, many researchers have turned to multi-step model fitting processes; first fitting confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) to their data, then extracting the latent factor scores; converting them to observed variables to use in additional…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Sample Size, Correlation, Statistical Bias
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Rao, Vasanthi; Pompey, Kelvin Terrell; Knopf, Herman T. – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a federally funded system that addresses quality in early care and education in many states throughout the country. At the heart of every QRIS system is a quality appraisal system that measures child care quality against state or regionally established standards. While QRISs are being implemented to…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Item Response Theory, Child Care, Early Childhood Education
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Tang, Xiaodan; Yin, Yue; Lin, Qiao; Hadad, Roxana – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
Computational thinking (CT) has been recognized as an essential part of every child's education (Wing, 2006) and Bebras contest items have been frequently used to measure CT. Think alouds has emerged as a prominent method for identifying thought processes and correcting problems with assessments. As little research has examined validity evidence…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Measures (Individuals), Psychometrics
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Craven, Krista; Ramirez, Jazmin; Montero, Diana; Robles, Maria; Robles, Rodrigo – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
Educational equity for undocumented immigrants has become a widely discussed issue in both the political and public realm of Tennessee. This presentation focuses on the ways in which undocumented immigrant youth in Tennessee confront and challenge educational inequities, particularly that of affordable access to higher education. This presentation…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, Equal Education, Access to Education, Activism
Burgess-Wilkerson, Barbara; Hamilton, Clovia; Garrison, Chlotia; Robbins, Keith – Online Submission, 2018
As of 2015, millennials (born in the 1990's) became the largest population in the workplace -- and are still growing. Studies indicate millennials are tech savvy but are lagging in the exercise of digital responsibility. In addition, they are passive towards environmental sustainability and fail to grasp the importance of social responsibility.…
Descriptors: Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Business Communication, Age Differences
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Creed, Benjamin; Jabbar, Huriya; Scott, Michael R. – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
One common expectation of school choice policies is that they will generate competition between schools. Despite the large body of work examining whether competition improves student outcomes, we know less about how competition works in the educational sector. We know even less about how charter school leaders perceive and respond to competitive…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Charter Schools, Competition, School Choice
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Evans, Miriam; Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Gabrielle; Daley, Samantha G.; Reich, Christine Ann; Cahill, Clara – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
There is widespread agreement that emotions play a critical role in informal science learning, yet little is known about the emotional experiences of children in informal science learning environments. This study aims to address this challenge by exploring the relationships among emotional, behavioral, and cognitive engagement in a science museum…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Education, Educational Environment, Learner Engagement
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Downing, Gregory Alonzo; Black, Brittney; Smith, Elyse L. – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
This study examines preservice teachers' conceptions of teaching mathematics using a social justice lens. Situated at a large, public, predominantly white institution in the southeast United States, where PSTs are not required to take a course on teaching diverse populations, participants were asked to respond to questions surrounding their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Social Justice, Mathematics Instruction
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McLean, Mandy; McBeath, Jasmine Kyle; Susko, Tyler; Harlow, Danielle Boyd; Bianchini, Julie – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
There is a growing demand in the US for more trained engineers, yet attrition rates from university engineering programs are high and diversity in engineering is low. Few resources have been dedicated to the improvement of freshman engineering courses even though freshman students have the highest rates of attrition. Through a synthesis of the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Engineering Education, Design, Active Learning
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Bruchok, Christiana; Bowers, Nicole; Wakefield, Wendy; Jordan, Michelle – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
Enrollment in engineering programs by women and minority students has steadily decreased in recent years. Extending participation in programs for Research Experience Undergraduates (REU) to underqualified candidates may help recruit and retain students to engineering if the students are positioned in research teams in ways that leverage the assets…
Descriptors: Affordances, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Jewett, Laura M.; Williams, Zulema – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
This paper explores and performs the ways daughters make meaning of the lived curriculum of their experience of their mothers' dementia. U.S. daughters disproportionally carry the burden of caring for mothers with dementia (Bath, 2017). Rabin (2017) writes, "As Washington debates the relative merits of health care legislation, many families…
Descriptors: Daughters, Mothers, Dementia, Caregivers
Warren, S. H.; Thurlow, M. L.; Lazarus, S. S.; Strunk, K. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
More than 45 individuals representing staff from state departments of education, school districts, testing and testing-related companies, and other educational organizations participated in a forum on June 26, 2018 in San Diego, California to discuss speech-to-text and scribing, the differences in terminology, challenges associated with…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Transcripts (Written Records), Needs Assessment
American Institutes for Research, 2018
In the 40+ years since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted, the law has changed the landscape for students with disabilities by opening the doors to public education, creating more inclusive classrooms, and holding schools accountable for results. In April 2018, AIR convened a working meeting of special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
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