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Kelly, Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this research was to explore how the personal and professional experiences of school leaders strengthened or hindered their ability to engage in social justice leadership to advance educational equity and encourage culturally proficient practices in their schools. I employed a descriptive multi-case study and the research was viewed…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Social Justice, Equal Education, Instructional Leadership
Israel, Kawana N. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this research study was to explore how parents whose child was enrolled in an elementary school or middle school on Okinawa, Japan compared the referral processes leading to their child's placement in special education. In order for the parent to be eligible for the study, their child received special education services at their…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Special Education, Public Schools
Maloney, Katherine J. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
In times of exponential change, high quality, cost-effective teacher professional development is an urgent need that personal learning networks (PLNs) promise to address. The purpose of the qualitative case study was to (a) explore, understand, and describe how PreK-12 educators, who are members of The Educator's PLN and Classroom 2.0 communities,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Teachers
Reed, Stacey L. E. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Executive function (EF) is becoming a more widely used term to explain student behaviors, yet research on EF in education is limited. This qualitative study addressed a gap in literature by examining teacher perceptions of students with EF deficits, as well as teacher preparedness and desire to learn more about EF. Perceptions of third grade,…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Executive Function, Teacher Attitudes
Hahs Brinkley, Catherine – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Without education, many South Sudanese will continue living in poverty. There are numerous factors that limit their educational opportunities including tribal warfare, colonialism, missionary malpractice, civil wars, a high illiteracy rate, low government funding, and threats of war. These factors have left a substantial deficiency in available…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Interviews, Observation, Sampling
Galyas, Lesley Crowell – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Understanding of visual representations is a pivotal skill necessary in science. These visual, verbal, and numeric representations are the crux of science discourses "by scientists, with students and the general public" (Pauwels, 2006, p.viii). Those who lack the understanding of these representations see it as a foreign language, one…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Visual Literacy, Science Achievement, Inquiry
Girsa, Heather – ProQuest LLC, 2016
In a northeastern state eighth grade math students are struggling with meeting adequate yearly progress in math. The state's math proficiency in the school year 2013-2014 for eighth grade students showed that only 56% scored at grade level or above. The local problem addressed in this study is that 44% of a northeastern state's eighth graders are…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Students, Grade 8, Mathematics Education
Boyd, Roxanne – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The local district in this study has not made adequate yearly progress in the past several years in language arts literacy on state assessments. Particularly problematic were poor reading skills among district students. Poor literacy skills negatively affect student learning across the curriculum. The purpose of this case study was to identify…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Reading Achievement, Language Arts, Achievement Tests
Gomez, Miguel – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine what effective teaching with technology looked like in practice within middle grade Social Studies' classrooms. An additional purpose was to understand how teachers' combine content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and technological knowledge when making decisions about their curriculum.…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Middle School Students, Social Studies, Technological Literacy
McHugh, Maighread L. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore how five sixth grade female students navigated the process of project-based learning as they designed and implemented their own project centered on mathematics while using a social justice lens. The theoretical frameworks of Authentic Intellectual Work and Social Justice…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 6, Females, Student Projects
Rains, Marcia – ProQuest LLC, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate and study the importance of educational services mandated for Oklahoma's gifted and talented students with the conclusion being likely able to assist educators in providing gifted service options to meet the needs of gifted learners. Research has shown the need to provide educational services to gifted…
Descriptors: Gifted, Case Studies, Talent, Student Needs
Nelson, Kathryn Scott – ProQuest LLC, 2015
This study investigated the effects that critical literacy instruction had on comprehension in a seventh grade reading class. Numerous studies have examined critical literacy instruction in the classroom, as well as effective methods of comprehension instruction; however, few studies have combined these two lines of inquiry. Therefore, the purpose…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Grade 7
Jackson, Angela Coleman – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of suspension as a deterrent to student misconduct. A mixed methods approach using both qualitative (interviews of administrators and teachers) and quantitative (discipline records of identified sixth graders) were utilized. In this case study approach, one-on-one semi-structured interviews were…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
Cotner, Bridget A. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
School reform programs focus on making educational changes; however, research on interventions past the funded implementation phase to determine what was sustained is rarely done (Beery, Senter, Cheadle, Greenwald, Pearson, et al., 2005). This study adds to the research on sustainability by determining what instructional practices, if any, of the…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Sustainability, Teaching Methods
Abbatiello, James – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Human beings have an innate need to spend time outside, but in recent years children are spending less time outdoors. It is possible that this decline in time spent outdoors could have a negative impact on child development. Science teachers can combat the decline in the amount of time children spend outside by taking their science classes…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Case Studies
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