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Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
When children are taught to read, the sources used are usually fictional narratives; writing follows in the same genre with children learning how to write personal narrative. Narrative has been such a part of the tradition in primary grades that even the information books that are available for the young are often written in a narrative structure.…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Classroom Techniques, Emergent Literacy, Primary Education
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
This topical bibliography and commentary consists of research summaries which address the challenges of creating an effective public presentation. The research articles discussed in the bibliography/commentary are geared toward teaching students to better present information with an emphasis on the primary importance of content above empty…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Bibliographies, Communication Apprehension, Communication Skills
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Each teacher has a style of teaching that provides the most effective way to help students grasp the desired learning concepts. One point teachers agree on is that teaching vocabulary to children needs to be an active process that engages students in entertaining activities and helps them build a bridge between already known vocabulary and the new…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Educational Games, Elementary Education
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Students develop skills from learning to listen and from having someone listen to them. While most educators assume that listening is a matter of choice, not ability, listening is actually something students have to be taught to do well. This topical bibliography and commentary summarizes several research studies which provide insight into skills…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Listening Skills
Walls, Charles – 2003
This digest explores truancy in the urban context, examines the different types and reasons for truancy, and reviews the new ways that researchers and intervention programs are addressing this problem. No national data on truancy rates exist, but many larger cities report staggeringly high rates. The relationship between race or income and truancy…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Attendance Patterns, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention
Fry, Richard – 2003
This digest examines the extent and nature of Hispanic college enrollment in comparison to that of other racial and ethnic groups. Patterns of college entry and participation are analyzed by nativity, ethnicity, and age. College completion data show that while roughly 10 percent of Hispanic high school completers finish their schooling with an…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Bound Students, Colleges, Community Colleges
Bridglall, Beatrice L.; Gordon, Edmund W. – 2003
In 2001, the National Education Goals Panel commissioned researchers from Vanderbilt University to study the consistent high achievement of African American and Latino students in Department of Defense schools. This digest summarizes the results of their study and presents supporting research that identifies policies and practices that may…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, After School Programs, Black Students, Community Involvement
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Grammar study needs to be functional. Learners need to have a sense of how knowledge of grammar can help them communicate more effectively, both orally and in writing. The focus of grammar instruction is shifting from repetition and rote drills, memorizing parts of speech, and diagramming to develop an awareness of language in general and how it…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Because oral language is so basic, it is the first step to verbal thinking, communicating socially, and understanding literature. It is through speech that children learn how to organize their thinking and focus their ideas. Nurturing children's language is fundamental to molding them into natural and competent readers and writers. This topical…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Role
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Without a simple, defined structure for good writing it can be difficult for an individual to be confident of his or her writing ability. The Six-Trait Writing Method, developed by Spandel and Stiggins in 1990 at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NRWEL), outlines how teachers could teach students "specific criteria for…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Literature Reviews
Kerka, Sandra – 2003
Asset mapping involves documenting tangible and intangible resources of a community viewed as a place with assets to be preserved and enhanced, not deficits to be remedied. Kretzmann and McKnight (1993) are credited with developing the concept of asset-based community development (ABCD) that draws on appreciative inquiry; recognition of social…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Annotated Bibliographies, Citizen Participation
Brown, Bettina Lankard – 2003
Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. It can benefit them indirectly by increasing engagement, retention, and persistence and by directing them to postsecondary education and pursuit of lifelong learning. CTE programs motivate students to get involved in…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Cooperative Learning, Disabilities, Disadvantaged
Smith, Carl B., Ed. – 2003
Contemporary syntactic theory rejects the idea that prescriptive grammar can provide students with any insights into how language works. For generative grammar, a term for the aggregate of methodologies which currently dominates modern linguistics, rules determining the grammaticality of a sentence do not relate in any way to the rules which make…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Generative Grammar
Monetti, David M.; Hinkle, Kerry T. – 2003
This Digest outlines five skills that will increase the likelihood that school counselors interpret test information correctly. These skills are: (1) understanding what norm-referenced tests are and what they do; (2) understanding the properties of a normal curve; (3) knowing the properties of common score types; (4) recognizing the difference…
Descriptors: Counselor Performance, Counselors, Elementary Secondary Education, Norm Referenced Tests
Research Connections in Special Education, 2003
This issue presents two articles on the use of data to improve results for students with disabilities. The first paper examines how researchers supported by the Office of Special Education Programs are discovering innovative uses of scientifically derived information in instructional and administrative decision making as well as strategies for…
Descriptors: Action Research, Change Strategies, Curriculum Based Assessment, Data Collection
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