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Lin-Siegler, Xiaodong; Ahn, Janet N.; Chen, Jondou; Fang, Fu-Fen Anny; Luna-Lucero, Myra – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Students' beliefs that success in science depends on exceptional talent negatively impact their motivation to learn. For example, such beliefs have been shown to be a major factor steering students away from taking science and math courses in high school and college. In the present study, we tested a novel story-based instruction that models how…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Interests, Learning Motivation, Science Instruction
Thachil, Shoba Anne – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined factors that relate to the persistence of first-generation undergraduate students in a 4-year public university in the Southeastern United States. Results were analyzed from a 2011 two-part survey: CARES-I (College Assessment of Readiness for Entering Students-Intent) and CARES-A (College Assessment of Readiness for Entering…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Semi Structured Interviews
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Bavarian, Niloofar; Lewis, Kendra M.; DuBois, David L.; Acock, Alan; Vuchinich, Samuel; Silverthorn, Naida; Snyder, Frank J.; Day, Joseph; Ji, Peter; Flay, Brian R. – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: School-based social-emotional and character development (SECD) programs can influence not only SECD but also academic-related outcomes. This study evaluated the impact of one SECD program, Positive Action (PA), on educational outcomes among low-income, urban youth. Methods: The longitudinal study used a matched-pair, cluster-randomized…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Values Education, Low Income Groups, Urban Youth
Oreopoulos, Philip; Dunn, Ryan – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012
High school students from disadvantaged high schools in Toronto were invited to take two surveys, about three weeks apart. Half of the students taking the first survey were also shown a 3 minute video about the benefits of post secondary education (PSE) and invited to try out a financial-aid calculator. Most students' perceived returns to PSE were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Surveys, Video Technology
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Cullinan, Dan; Welbeck, Rashida – MDRC, 2012
Improving the success of academically underprepared students who are in need of developmental (or remedial) education is a key challenge facing community colleges today. Many of these students enter college with little awareness of these institutions' expectations or a clear model for how to make effective decisions about their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness, Two Year College Students
Bleeker, Martha; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Beyler, Nicholas; Dodd, Allison Hedley; London, Rebecca A.; Westrich, Lisa; Stokes-Guinan, Katie; Castrechini, Sebastian – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
Recess periods often lack the structure needed to support physical activity and positive social development (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2010). The Playworks program places full-time coaches in low-income schools to provide opportunities for organized play during recess and throughout the school day. Playworks activities are designed to engage…
Descriptors: Cohort Analysis, Recess Breaks, Play, Athletic Coaches
Hobbs, Robert Maurice – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Teachers can use culturally relevant pedagogical strategies and technologies as emerging tools to improve students' problem-solving skills. The purpose of this study was to investigate and assess the effectiveness of culturally specific computer-based instructional tasks on ninth-grade African American mathematics students. This study tried to…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, National Competency Tests, Test Construction, Maps
Johnson, Michael H. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This mixed-methodological study explored the factors that predict a student's likelihood to complete an undergraduate program in a STEM discipline at one campus reliant upon that mission. Offered in response to a national imperative for the U.S. to compete globally, researchers contend educators must better prepare a STEM foundation and inspire…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Mixed Methods Research, Probability, Undergraduate Study
Tuttle, Christina Clark; Gill, Brian; Gleason, Philip; Knechtel, Virginia; Nichols-Barrer, Ira; Resch, Alexandra – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2013
The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a rapidly expanding network of public charter schools whose mission is to improve the education of low-income children. As of the 2012-2013 school year, 125 KIPP schools are in operation in 20 different states and the District of Columbia (DC). Ultimately, KIPP's goal is to prepare students to enroll and…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Charter Schools, Middle School Students, Economically Disadvantaged
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Gleason, Philip; Clark, Melissa; Tuttle, Christina Clark; Dwoyer, Emily – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
Adding to the growing debate and evidence base on the effects of charter schools, this evaluation was conducted in 36 charter middle schools in 15 states. It compares the outcomes of 2,330 students who applied to these schools and were randomly assigned by lotteries to be admitted (lottery winners) or not admitted (lottery losers) to the schools.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Middle Schools, Urban Areas, Context Effect