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Punch, Samantha – Youth & Society, 2004
As in many parts of the majority world, primary education in rural Bolivia is constrained by a range of factors: poor teaching quality, lack of resources, limited infrastructure, inadequate teaching materials, and low wages for teachers. Furthermore, high rates of absenteeism, drop-out, repetition, and failure can be exacerbated by children's work…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Foreign Countries, Rural Youth, Education Work Relationship
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Ghosn, Irma-Kaarina – Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2004
The relationship between second language learning and meaningful interactions is now well recognised in second language acquisition research. While English is a widely taught foreign language around the world, much of the interaction research comes from core-English countries, which are also the major producers of English language teaching (ELT)…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Social Environment, English (Second Language)
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Shameem, Nikhat – Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2004
Fiji is a multilingual country in the South Pacific with English, Fijian and Hindi being the official languages. As is inevitable in multilingual societies, language use is functional with Fiji Hindi and Fijian being the mother tongues of the two main ethnic groups in the country, the Indo-Fijians and the Fijians. English, because of Fiji's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Multilingualism, Ethnic Groups
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Adams, Gary L.; Slocum, Timothy A. – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2004
A recent report by Dr. Randall Ryder evaluated the use of Direct Instruction (DI) reading programs in 2 school districts in Wisconsin. In the report, Ryder claimed that students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade who received Direct Instruction scored significantly lower on several standardized tests of reading than students who received more traditional…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Elementary Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2004
As science gets squeezed in the elementary curriculum, at least two Florida districts are trying a new approach to keeping hands-on lessons a part of pupils' experiences. This article reports how Broward and Palm Beach county districts have increased the number of science specialists working in their elementary schools--teachers who, like physical…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Resource Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Lam, Y. L. J. – International Journal of Educational Development, 2004
This paper attempts to classify Hong Kong schools along four possible stages of development framed in a dynamic model of organizational learning. Factors governing the development of 67 sampled primary and secondary Hong Kong schools are compared and contrasted. Interviews with the concerned principals in diverse phases of progression further…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Primary Education, Secondary Schools
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Mukudi, Edith – International Journal of Educational Development, 2004
The economic and sociopolitical context for implementing education for all (EFA) policy in Kenya is examined. The policy absolving households from the responsibility of paying user fees for primary education leads to a focus on the capacity of the government to fully fund universal primary education. Funding constraints are identified as the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Educational Policy, Primary Education
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Christou, Constantinos; Eliophotou-Menon, Maria; Philippou, George – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2004
The main purpose of the present study was to identify and examine the concerns of primary school teachers in Cyprus in relation to the recent implementation of a new mathematics curriculum and the use of new mathematics textbooks. An adaptation of the Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ) based on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Teaching Experience, Mathematics Curriculum
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Mukudi, Edith – International Review of Education, 2004
What happens when a government cannot meet its obligation to provide universal primary education and enhance the quality of education for all of its citizens? The present study examines the interactions among stakeholders in the user-fee policy in primary education in Kenya. It seeks to show how this policy has affected attendance rates and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Private Education, Educational Policy
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Aram, Dorit; Levin, Iris – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2004
The current study follows up on Aram and Levin's (2001, "Cognitive Development," 16, 831?852) analysis of the role of maternal writing mediation among low SES Israeli kindergartners. That study's main finding indicated that the quality of maternal writing mediation correlated concurrently with kindergartners' literacy skills after…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Reading Comprehension, Emergent Literacy, Role
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Dixon, Annabelle – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2004
That young children need space seems an unsurprising statement. So unsurprising that it scarcely needs further examination, to say nothing of further thought. But what is really meant by "space" when considered in the context of young children in school and their developing needs? Various studies have mostly described the actual physical…
Descriptors: Young Children, School Space, Socialization, Space Classification
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Woodward, Helen; Nanlohy, Phil – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
The value of portfolios as an assessment tool is thoroughly researched and their use in education is well documented ( Woodward, 2000). Research on the introduction of digital portfolios is substantially based on general portfolio research; however, additional specific factors and features need to be considered. One of the inherent dangers with…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Portfolios (Background Materials), Multimedia Materials
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Charman, Tony; Howlin, Patricia; Berry, Bryony; Prince, Emily – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2004
Increasing numbers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are diagnosed in the preschool years, and their educational progress must be monitored. Parent questionnaire data can augment psychometric assessments and individual planning at low cost. One hundred and twenty-five parents of UK children who entered dedicated autism primary…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Questionnaires, Psychometrics, Autism
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Roland, Erling; Galloway, David – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2004
Most research on bullying in schools has focussed on characteristics of bullies or victims, and their families. Relatively little has investigated the school's contribution to pupil bullying. Information was obtained from teachers in 22 Norwegian primary schools on bullying and 3 aspects of professional culture. The school highest in bullying had…
Descriptors: Bullying, School Culture, Educational Environment, Elementary Schools
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Kim, Mina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore the philosophical basis of novice preschool teachers in South Korea and how this pedagogical orientation was reflected in their classrooms. Through interviews and observations, this research gave Korean preschool teachers the opportunity to voice their beliefs about child-centered pedagogy, and illuminated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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