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Nesmith, James A. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of the study was to examine school administrators' perspectives regarding grade-level retention in grades kindergarten through third in a New Jersey school district. Furthermore, this study explored how often school administrators reviewed retention literature and whether the literature influenced their overall opinion of retention.…
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Elementary School Students, Administrator Attitudes, Kindergarten
Han, Jinjoo – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Using data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD), this dissertation examined the relationship between pre-K quality and children's academic achievement at 54 months and in first, third, and fifth grades, controlling for child and family covariates and the…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Children, Grade 1
Ray, David L. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study was to identify and categorize the morphologically complex words in the Kindergarten and First Grade Common Core State Standards English and Language Arts (CCSS ELA) Exemplar Texts. Four text types were analyzed: student-read fiction, student-read informational text, teacher read-aloud fiction, and teacher read-aloud…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Common Core State Standards, English Instruction
McIntosh, Kristi Renee Barnes – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This investigation explored the relationship between educator preparation programs and teachers' perceptions of instructional readiness in foundational literacy skills. This study also examined the impact that early childhood, elementary, and specialty endorsement education programs of study, reading methods courses, and clinical field experiences…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Clinical Experience, Reading Readiness
Grant, Whitnee – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Previous to this study, teaching and learning practices in the first-grade classroom of study were primarily teacher and content driven and did not reflect the student-driven inquiry process. The identified problem of practice for this action research study was the first-grade students in the teacher-researcher classroom did not demonstrate…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Inquiry, Student Centered Curriculum, Grade 1
Biggers, Regina – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this mixed-methods, action research study, with a convergent design, is to improve student literacy achievement within a Mississippi school district, through the exploration of reading volume, motivation, and family connections. This study uses qualitative and quantitative data to provide an in-depth look into the phenomenon of…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Literacy, Reading Habits, Reading Motivation
Lee, Christine – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study examines how teachers can structure and use pretend play for teaching science, as well as the impact it has on students' agency, engagement, and discussion. Using interaction analysis, I examine two teachers in two classrooms (n=52) of first and second grade students (6-8 years) at a progressive elementary school. To shed light on how…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 1, Grade 2
O'Neil-Brown, Sheila – ProQuest LLC, 2018
With the advent of the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, authorized in 2014, school districts are required to implement a comprehensive system of ongoing support to address declining literacy performance and ensure students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed in the college or career fields. As a result, school systems employ…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Reading Achievement
Marquez, Jocabed G. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The United States faces high demand for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) professionals and a scarce supply of individuals who pursue STEM careers, especially minority populations in the U.S with proficiency in a language other than English. The primary goal of this research was to determine the impact of use of Spanish in…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Executive Function, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement
Jones, Jill Spargur – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative case study examined two first-grade teachers' scaffolding within daily small-group reading instruction for students identified as having the most difficulty with reading and how the scaffolds supported students' reading. This research occurred in two first-grade classrooms at Springville Elementary School, a school in a rural town…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Elementary School Teachers
Mindler, Alexandra M. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the effects of one school district's summer reading program on the summer slide on DIBELS Next Composite Scores for students entering first, second, and third grade. The researcher examined the DIBELS Next Composite Score Data of students who were invited and attended and students who were…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Emergent Literacy, Elementary School Students, Reading Tests