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Phares, Tim – ProQuest LLC, 2017
There has been a long standing debate over the purpose of homework; it has been a topic for educational reform, discussed in educational debates, and looked at as a means to improve student achievement (Foyle & Bailey, 1986; Gill & Schlossman, 2003; Xu, 2005; Fisher & Frey, 2008). Homework can cause frustration for students and…
Descriptors: Homework, Elementary Schools, Grade 2, Grade 4
Johnson Comly, Kelly – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive case study was to investigate the perceptions of administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals with regard to the nature and effects of the type and amount of supervision paraprofessionals receive from classroom teachers and school administrators. It also examines perceived barriers to providing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Supervision, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Elementary Schools
Adejumo, Mojisola – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The quest to transform failing urban and high-poverty schools in America has been a slippery uphill battle since the banner of war was raised against the many schools serving impoverished children. As battle rages, a few are schools leading their students, teachers, parents, and community to victory by turning their once-failing schools into…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Principals, Urban Schools, Poverty
Lynch, Valerie Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In 2008-2009, nearly one million children experiencing homelessness were enrolled in school. In 2012, over 1.5 million children were identified as homeless. In a 2013 U. S. Census report, 2.5 million children were identified as homeless in America. The number of homeless children in America continues to increase every year. Homeless students are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Homeless People, Teacher Student Relationship, Case Studies
Jensen, Jessica L. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Recent research shows that teachers' level of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) and their beliefs about teaching and learning effect teaching practices and student achievement. Higher levels of MKT typically lead to more effective teaching abilities in terms of helping students make meaning of mathematical concepts, but beliefs seem to be…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
Michael, Robert D., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation consists of three studies that examine service-learning (SL) as an approach to incorporating movement integration (MI) in elementary classrooms as part of a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP). All three studies attempt to advance the knowledge base about using partnership approaches to supporting school based…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Movement Education, Elementary School Students, Grounded Theory
Stroder, Miriam Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore through the lens of culturally responsive instruction (CRI) the development of teachers' sense of efficacy, as defined by Bandura (1995), to address the literacy learning of diverse first, second, or third grade (i.e., primary grade level) students. In this process, I purposively selected…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Self Efficacy, Literacy Education, Student Diversity
Gray, Colleen – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Several children in grades K-5 are attending after-school programs for various reasons, such as academic support, social interaction, and behavioral support. The problem investigated is that short-term success has been stated and researched, but the long-term academic effectiveness of after-school programs for students in urban educational…
Descriptors: African American Students, Parent Attitudes, After School Programs, School Districts
Wise, Kristi – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a best practice that has been around for decades; however, due to organizational structuring in elementary schools, teachers are allowed 30 minutes of planning time. During this time little planning or collaboration with peers is achieved. Previous research has proven that professional learning by way…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Planning, Teacher Collaboration
Brown, Christine – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The focus of this research is bridging the achievement gap for students living in poverty through quality education. Such a study is important because the percentage of students affected by poverty is increasing and the persistent gap in achievement evidences that the right to quality education for students in poverty is not being met. This is…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Case Studies, Poverty, Disadvantaged Schools
Ferrante, Pia Linda – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Schools in the United States often times replicate the heteronormative beliefs of the American culture which can make these institutions feel isolating and unsafe for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Historically, schools were places that reinforced heterosexuality and gender conforming norms. Despite…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Qualitative Research
Ennis, Rosetta – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The qualitative descriptive case study explores the underachievement phenomenon of fourth-grade African American boys in New York City public elementary schools. Numerous studies have been conducted at the middle school through college levels. However, very little is known about the underachievement phenomenon of fourth-grade African American…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, African American Students, Males, Grade 4
Eftekhari, Parastou Afshar – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Scores on a state comprehensive assessment test showed that writing skills of 4th grade students enrolled in a K-8 magnet school in the southeastern part of the United States were below target. The assistant principal of the K-8 magnet school explained that a review of 3-year longitudinal data revealed that the number of students who met…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Writing Instruction, Writing Improvement, Elementary School Students
Cole, Sylvia A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Education begins at home. The responsibility to socialize and educate children is a shared obligation between parents and schools. In order for a child to reach academic achievement, parents must be involved and participate in the educational process. The more parental involvement, the more students are likely to become productive members of…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Parent School Relationship, Case Studies
Keele, Holly Towle – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The health and wellness of children is a growing concern as the number of children that are unhealthy continues to increase. Schools can play a pivotal role in promoting wellness among children and teenagers through implementing school-wide wellness initiatives that provide students multiple opportunities to learn and use healthy behaviors (Center…
Descriptors: Child Health, Wellness, School Role, Health Promotion
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