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Claessens, Amy; Engel, Mimi – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background: Children's early skills are essential for their later success in school. Recent evidence highlights the importance of early mathematics, relative to reading and socioemotional skills, for elementary school achievement. Key advocacy groups for both early childhood and mathematics education have issued position statements on the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Predictor Variables, Reading Achievement
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Desimone, Laura; Smith, Thomas M.; Phillips, Kristie J. R. – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: Most reforms in elementary education rely on teacher learning and improved instruction to increase student learning. This study increases our understanding of which types of professional development effectively change teaching practice in ways that boost student achievement. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study:…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Instruction
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Chambliss, Marylin J.; Alexander, Patricia A.; Price, Jeremy N. – Teachers College Record, 2012
Context: Over the past 15 years, a philosophical renaissance has emerged within the educational research literature, raising conundrums about the nature of knowledge and how to acquire it. To date, such philosophical conundrums have not been directly posed in relation to pedagogical research, particularly our understanding of what constitutes…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Educational Research, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary School Teachers
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Lewis, James L.; Ream, Robert K.; Bocian, Kathleen M.; Cardullo, Richard A.; Hammond, Kimberly A.; Fast, Lisa A. – Teachers College Record, 2012
Background/Context: How do we account for the persistence of below-average math test score performance among California Hispanics who are fluent in English, as well as Spanish-dominant English learners? Recent studies have attributed the problem to an overly rigid focus on "what works" in curriculum and fluency in English to the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Mathematics Tests
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Gottfried, Michael A. – Teachers College Record, 2012
Background/Context: This article addresses which school-level factors contribute to school quality. Previous research has focused on assessing the effects of school-level variables on student-level quality (e.g., achievement). However, the field has been limited in not evaluating the effects of school-level factors directly on measured…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Reading Achievement, Special Education, Behavior Problems