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Wu, Yi; de Vries, Charlotte; Dunsworth, Qi – Advances in Engineering Education, 2018
System Dynamics is a required course offered to junior Mechanical Engineering students at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. It addresses the intercoupling dynamics of a wide range of dynamic systems: including mechanical, electrical, fluid, hydraulic, electromechanical, and biomedical systems. This course is challenging for students due to the…
Descriptors: Toys, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Computer Software
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Lankenau, Greg R. – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Environmental thinkers and educators have argued for the importance of celebrating our connectedness to nature, or the perception of being part of, rather than separate from, the natural world. Using pre-and post-test measurements of Nature Relatedness and supplemental interviews, this study addresses the question of whether a particular…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Environmental Education
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McDonald, Catherine C.; Brawner, Bridgette M.; Fargo, Jamison; Swope, Jennifer; Sommers, Marilyn S. – Journal of School Nursing, 2018
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of adolescent death. Inattention to the roadway contributes to crash risk and often results from distractions, such as cell phone calls, texting, and peer passengers. We report on the development of a web-based intervention based on the Theory of Planned Behavior that aims to reduce adolescent driver…
Descriptors: Attention, Adolescent Attitudes, Intervention, Driver Education
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Mahalingappa, Laura; Hughes, Elizabeth M.; Polat, Nihat – Language and Education, 2018
This quasi-experimental study explores changes in preservice teachers' reported self-efficacy and knowledge of instructional strategies in supporting English language learners (ELLs) after participating in an electronic pen-pal project. Seventy-four preservice teachers (experimental = 35; control = 39) participated in this study. The intervention…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, English Language Learners, Teacher Student Relationship
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Bigatel, Paula; Edel-Malizia, Stephanie – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
Much research on student engagement has recommended a variety of activities and instructor attitudes and behaviors that effectively engage online students such that they are more likely to persist in achieving their educational goals. This study asked online students how often they engaged in research-based effective activities in their courses…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Learner Engagement, Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses
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San Jose, Alyssa L.; Nelson, Keith E. – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2017
What do children actually carry away from participating in planned activities in natural areas such as those in outdoor camps and schools? Prior research has seldom been rigorous in establishing participants' connection to, knowledge of, and orientation toward nature before intervention, followed by a clear specification of what range of…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Pretests Posttests, Natural Resources, Grade 5
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Lee, Hee Seung; Betts, Shawn; Anderson, John R. – Journal of Experimental Education, 2017
Appreciation of problem structure is critical to successful learning. Two experiments investigated effective ways of communicating problem structure in a computer-based learning environment and tested whether verbal instruction is necessary to specify solution steps, when deep structure is already embellished by instructional examples.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication, Problem Solving
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Frankenberg, Erica; Kotok, Stephen; Schafft, Kai; Mann, Bryan – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
Using individual-level student data from Pennsylvania, this study explores the extent to which charter school racial composition may be an important factor in students' self-segregative school choices. Findings indicate that, holding distance and enrollment constant, Black and Latino students are strongly averse to moving to charter schools with…
Descriptors: School Choice, Racial Segregation, Charter Schools, Equal Education
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Konak, Abdullah; Kulturel-Konak, Sadan; Nasereddin, Mahdi; Bartolacci, Michael R. – Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 2017
Aim/Purpose: This paper utilizes the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to examine the extent to which acceptance of Remote Virtual Computer Laboratories (RVCLs) is affected by students' technological backgrounds and the role of collaborative work. Background: RVCLs are widely used in information technology and cyber security education to provide…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer Attitudes
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Letwinsky, Karim Medico – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2017
The rich language surrounding mathematical concepts often is reduced in many classrooms to a narrow process of memorizing isolated procedures with little context. This approach has proven to be detrimental to students' ability to understand mathematics at deeper levels and remain engaged with this content. The current generation of students values…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Self Efficacy, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes
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Kotok, Stephen; Frankenberg, Erica; Schafft, Kai A.; Mann, Bryan A.; Fuller, Edward J. – Educational Policy, 2017
This article examines how student movements between traditional public schools (TPSs) and charters--both brick and mortar and cyber--may be associated with both racial isolation and poverty concentration. Using student-level data from the universe of Pennsylvania public schools, this study builds upon previous research by specifically examining…
Descriptors: School Choice, Racial Segregation, Charter Schools, Poverty
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Paladino, Emily B.; Klentzin, Jacqueline C.; Mills, Chloe P. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2017
Based on in-person, task-based usability testing and interviews, the authors' library Web site was recently overhauled in order to improve user experience. This led to the authors' interest in additional usability testing methods and test environments that would most closely fit their library's goals and situation. The appeal of card sorting…
Descriptors: Usability, Interviews, Web Sites, Electronic Libraries
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Malooly, Ashley M.; Flannery, Kaitlin M.; Ohannessian, Christine McCauley – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2017
Previous studies have found evidence for gender and racial/ethnic differences in depressive symptoms in adolescence; however, the mechanisms driving this relationship are poorly understood. The goal of this study was to examine the role of individual differences in dispositional coping in the relationships between gender and depressive…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Adolescents
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Willits, Fern; Brennan, Mark – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2017
This study assessed the relationships of student attributes, course characteristics and course outcomes to college students' ratings of course quality in three types of settings. The analysis utilised data from online surveys of samples of college students conducted in 2011 and 2012 at the Pennsylvania State University. Included in the analysis…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Course Evaluation
Porterfield, Victoria – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2017
Higher levels of civic and community engagement in higher education are positively associated with students' academic performance and they also build upon citizenship skills such as informed voting. Yet, while these are worthy and important outcomes of higher education, students from disadvantaged backgrounds can have more difficulty navigating…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Correlation, Voting, Student Participation
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