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Sun, Ping-Yun – 2003
In light of factors that hinder teachers in the use of drama and theatre in classroom application, this Digest explains the "myths" of drama and theatre and focuses on their effect on children's literacy development. In addition, rather than presenting a "tour de force" of resources, this Digest highlights some readily…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Development, Drama, Elementary Secondary Education
Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati – 2003
Noting that electronic communication places new demands on language that leads to interesting variations in written language use, this Digest summarizes insights gained from research on writing behavior and performance in the electronic age. It concludes that both the process and the content of writing are evolving in response to the increased use…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Text, Elementary Secondary Education
Barnett, Harvey – 2003
The goal of any professional development program is to inform and change teacher behavior as a result of new information. Professional development activities need to be designed in a way that ensures that teachers' time and your investment in time and money pay off in increased student achievement. Getting teacher buy in is important when…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness
Blair, Clancy – 2003
Self-regulation of behavior generally refers to controlled, cognitive monitoring of the actions and steps required to obtain a goal, or to bring about a desired response from the environment. Age-related changes in self-regulation as well as individual differences at a given age or developmental stage play fundamental roles in shaping children's…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education
Raver, C. Cybele – 2003
The current emphasis on children's academic preparedness continues to overshadow the importance of children's social and emotional development for school readiness. This Digest presents a brief overview of longitudinal research linking children's emotional development to school readiness and early childhood success, and then discusses…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Development, Interpersonal Competence
Peterson, Kimberly – 2003
The high school curriculum in the U.S., especially during the senior year, tends to lack in academic intensity. This document argues that not only are high school seniors not being challenged during their senior year, but they are also not preparing for college during that time. A wasted senior year, or "senior slump," can result in…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Distance Education
Chaves, Christopher A. – 2003
This document discusses the challenges community colleges, particularly urban ones, face in delivering education to their first-generation, immigrant, economically disadvantaged, non-white, limited-English-ability, and other non-traditional students. These challenges can be exacerbated by students' failure to connect and become involved in college…
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Community Colleges, Educationally Disadvantaged, Immigrants
Stern, Stefanie – 2003
Community colleges recognize the need to plan and implement change through professional development, particularly in light of the constantly changing environment in the community college. This digest briefly examines four of the delivery methods being employed by community colleges in the field of professional development. Between 1999 and 2002,…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Faculty Development
Gibson, Margaret A. – 2003
This digest explores several key factors that contribute to the academic persistence and achievement of migrant high school students. The discussion draws from research on one California high school and from the literature on promoting educational success for working-class minority youth. National studies have estimated that only about half of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Dropout Prevention, Educational Environment, High Risk Students
Lashway, Larry – 2003
Turning around a low-performing school is a complex process in which cause-effect relationships are difficult to isolate. But recent interest in helping low-performing schools--spurred on by the reforms mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act--has generated some useful research and thoughtful analysis. This digest explores some of the key…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment
Kerka, Sandra – 2003
"Learning autobiography,""learning career," and "learning trajectory" are related descriptors for the process of developing attitudes toward learning and the origins of interests, learning styles, and learning processes. The learning career is composed of events, activities, and interpretations that develop individual…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Context Effect, Cultural Context
Howley, Craig B. – 2003
This digest examines the best evidence available on mathematics achievement in rural schools and offers recommendations for further research. Findings on the mathematics achievement of secondary students are presented, based on analyses of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 1996 and 2000, the Longitudinal Study of American…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Research, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education
Goldhaber, Dan; Anthony, Emily – 2003
This digest examines research on indicators of teacher quality. While research on the value of a teacher's advanced degree is mixed, all studies suggest that teachers with degrees in subjects different from the subjects they teach have little impact on students. There is no strong consensus about the value of pedagogical preparation for teachers,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
DiMatties, Marie E.; Sammons, Jennifer H. – 2003
This brief paper summarizes what is known about sensory integration and sensory integration dysfunction (DSI). It outlines evaluation of DSI, treatment approaches, and implications for parents and teachers, including compensatory strategies for minimizing the impact of DSI on a child's life. Review of origins of sensory integration theory in the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
Imel, Susan – 2003
Tacit knowledge, the knowledge that workers possess but do not articulate, is associated with terms such as "skill,""know-how,""working knowledge," and "expertise" that are used to describe knowledge about and ability to perform work. Learning that takes place through apprenticeships draws heavily on tacit…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Apprenticeships, Educational Environment, Employer Employee Relationship
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