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Flook, Lisa; Smalley, Susan L.; Kitil, M. Jennifer; Galla, Brian M.; Kaiser-Greenland, Susan; Locke, Jill; Ishijima, Eric; Kasari, Connie – Journal of Applied School Psychology, 2010
A school-based program of mindful awareness practices (MAPs) was evaluated in a randomized control study of 64 second- and third-grade children ages 7-9 years. The program was delivered for 30 minutes, twice per week, for 8 weeks. Teachers and parents completed questionnaires assessing children's executive function immediately before and following…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems, Questionnaires, Metacognition
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Fey, Marc E.; Finestack, Lizbeth H.; Gajewski, Byron J.; Popescu, Mihai; Lewine, Jeffrey D. – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2010
Purpose: Fast ForWord-Language (FFW-L) is designed to enhance children's processing of auditory-verbal signals and, thus, their ability to learn language. As a preliminary evaluation of this claim, we examined the effects of a 5-week course of FFW-L as an adjuvant treatment with a subsequent 5-week conventional narrative-based language…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Children, Intervention, Instructional Effectiveness
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Stockard, Jean – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2010
Previous research has documented a substantial decline of standardized test scores of children from low-income backgrounds, relative to more advantaged peers, in later elementary grades, the so-called "fourth-grade slump." This article examines changes in reading achievement from first to fifth grade for students in a large urban school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Reading Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Standardized Tests
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McIntyre, Ellen; Kyle, Diane; Chen, Cheng-Ting; Munoz, Marco; Beldon, Scott – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2010
The increase in language minority students in U.S. schools has drawn attention to instructional models designed to assist these students. It is critical that literacy educators understand the potential of these models for literacy achievement. This study was designed to examine reading achievement of elementary English language learners in…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Teachers
Bringle, Robert G.; Hatcher, Julie A.; Muthiah, Richard N. – Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 2010
Retention of college students is a priority of all colleges and universities. This research investigated whether or not student enrollment in a service-learning course in the fall semester of college was related to (a) intentions to stay on that campus, based on self-reports at the end of the semester, and (b) re-enrollment the following fall on…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Enrollment, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen
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Heck, Ronald H.; Moriyama, Karen – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2010
This study proposes and tests a multilevel structural model of school context, composition, and school leadership on school instructional practices and outcomes in elementary schools in a western state in the United States. We focus on direct and indirect relationships implied in our proposed model using an "added year of schooling" in…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Educational Environment, School Demography, Instructional Leadership
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Stockard, Jean; Engelmann, Kurt – Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children, 2010
Data from two different sites were used to examine how exposure to a highly academic curriculum is related to growth in beginning literacy and early reading skills from kindergarten through the end of third grade. In one site students in one school used the Direct Instruction (DI) program, "Reading Mastery (RM)", from kindergarten…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Direct Instruction, Primary Education
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Fowler, Paul R.; Boylan, Hunter R. – Journal of Developmental Education, 2010
Students who are seriously academically deficient, those who are underprepared in all subjects, face many academic challenges as they begin their coursework in higher education. However, students also face nonacademic and personal issues that create additional barriers to success. The results of this study suggest that increases in student success…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Grade Point Average, Developmental Studies Programs
Justus, Leisa Collins – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Student success in attaining college acceptance, gaining scholarship(s), and having postsecondary education or workforce choice is closely tied to achievement on the most widely used and accepted college entrance examination, the "ACT". Researchers have studied various interventions designed to impact "ACT" scores, but one…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design, Ethnicity
Prescott, Sharon H. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to explore upper elementary reading classes in a low socio-economic area to determine the effects frequent praise, both academically and socially, have on the zone of proximal development in reading (ZPD[subscript RL], Renaissance Learning, 2006). A causal-comparative study was utilized by observing two groups of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Beginning Reading
Klein-Collins, Rebecca – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1), 2010
Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, is an important and often overlooked strategy for helping adults progress towards a degree. PLA is the process by which many colleges evaluate for academic credit the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom (or from non-college instructional programs), including…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, Military Training
Teh, Bing-ru; McCullough, Moira; Gill, Brian P. – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2010
In recent years, some of the most ambitious charter school operators, with the support of philanthropic investors, have sought to increase the scale and scope of their work by creating charter management organizations (CMOs) that aim to replicate effective charter school models across multiple campuses. CMOs are nonprofit organizations with…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Middle Schools, Grade Repetition, Academic Achievement
Zeidenberg, Matthew; Cho, Sung-Woo; Jenkins, Davis – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2010
To increase the rate at which adult basic skills students advance to and succeed in college-level occupational programs, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) developed the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or I-BEST. In the I-BEST model, a basic skills instructor and an occupational instructor team…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Labor Market
Casteel, Catherine J., Ed.; Ballantyne, Keira Gebbie, Ed. – National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs, 2010
This monograph showcases professional development projects by school districts and colleges of education that train teachers to work successfully with English learners (ELs) across the nation. The papers presented in this monograph offer real-life examples of successful and innovative practices, including institutionalized mentoring programs, new…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement
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Nefdt, Nicolette; Koegel, Robert; Singer, George; Gerber, Michael – Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2010
There is increasing demand for access to effective interventions for families who have children with autism. Self-directed learning models have been successfully used with other populations as a way to reduce the service-need discrepancy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, through a randomized clinical trial, whether the use of a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Independent Study, Autism, Parents
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