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Taneja, Anju – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Studies have shown an association between argumentative discourse in science class, better understanding of science concepts, and improved academic performance. However, there is lack of research on how argumentation can increase student motivation. This mixed methods concurrent nested study uses Bandura's construct of motivation and concepts of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Student Motivation
McKenna, Rachel Lynn-Pleis – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Over the past decade, there has been a considerable push in emphasizing STEM--an acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math--as an integral aspect of educational curriculums. Even though research suggests that females tend to outperform males in standardized testing in STEM areas, they remain underrepresented in STEM careers…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Hanford, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this quantitative, correlational research study was to develop an understanding of the relationship between the quality of school climate and connectedness as perceived by 3rd- to 5th-grade students and their teachers, and the level and of reading achievement of 3rd- to 5th-grade students in one district in the Northwestern United…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Educational Environment, Student School Relationship, Reading Achievement
Bergeson, Kristi Tamte – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The act of creating meaning with texts is complex, and this complexity creates unclear views of instruction in schools and even greater perplexity in knowing how to instruct students who may be struggling in this area of their schoolwork. Comprehension is often measured in schools as a product and an outcome, making it difficult to understand why…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
Wilson-Patrick, Dedra – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The standardized math test scores of approximately 48 African American and Hispanic students from 4 different classes at a rural Title I elementary school located in the southern United States decreased by 10 points on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Test. For this qualitative case study, purposive sampling was used to recruit four…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Educational Strategies
Ibarra, Sylvia – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Independent Reading (IR) is a reading intervention that many schools implement to help students develop essential reading skills and improve academic achievement on various standardized assessments. However, recent IR studies have yielded mixed findings on the effectiveness of IR as a reading intervention to help struggling students increase…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Reading Tests
Plevier, Meghan M. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this relational, non-experimental, explanatory, cross sectional study with quantitative methods was to explain the influence of length of school day, if any, on Grade 4 and Grade 5 student achievement in Language Arts and Mathematics as measured by the high-stakes New Jersey standardized test entitled New Jersey Assessment of Skills…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
Balboni, Daniel C. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Researchers have conducted both theoretical and empirical research on the participation of youth in sports to understand the motivation to continue involvement. Researchers have further examined the positive effects of sports on youth who participate. Although information has been gathered in these areas regarding keeping middle school and high…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Her Many Horses, Ian – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The world, and especially our own country, is in dire need of a larger and more diverse population of computer scientists. While many organizations have approached this problem of too few computer scientists in various ways, a promising, and I believe necessary, path is to expose elementary students to authentic practices of the discipline.…
Descriptors: After School Education, Computer Science Education, Elementary School Students, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
McClendon, Thomas K. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This study examined the relationship between the structural classroom environment (self-contained, team-taught, and departmentalized) and student performance on the 2014 Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in reading, Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies in grades three through five. A secondary purpose examined…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Statistical Analysis
Weschler, Michael J. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Data from three reading assessment tools--the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), Reading Curriculum Based Measurement (R-CBM), and Maze--were compiled from 61 fourth grade and 59 fifth grade students across Fall and Spring administrations in order to determine how proficiency on these measures was associated with proficiency on the New York…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Reading Achievement, State Standards, Academic Standards
Tucker, Tiffany G. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this research study was to compare the impact of Teacher-Set Accelerated Reader goals (TSAR) with Student-Set Accelerated Reader goals (SSAR) of fourth- and fifth-grade students. The goal of this research study was to determine which type of goal setting approach influences reading growth the most as measured by the easyCBM…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Goal Orientation, Student Attitudes
Cannon Wilson, Iris Chloris – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Accountability pressures have impacted pedagogy in many K-12 schools in the United States. Low achievement on standardized assessments may be attributed to many factors, including instructional strategies. Differentiated instruction has been identified as an instructional method that meets the diverse needs, interests, and strengths. The purpose…
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Curriculum, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement
McCullough, Sabrina D. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This action research study investigated the change in professional development model in the acquisition of content knowledge for fourth-grade math teachers. The current professional development atmosphere is a traditional "sit and get" opportunity. However, research offers that teachers should be active participants in their learning.…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Action Research
Drummond, Dian – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to ascertain the perceptions of second- through fourth-grade teachers' knowledge of inference, strategies used by teachers for developing inference, and the instructional tools that teachers use to teach their students to make inferences. The participants in this study were eight…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inferences
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