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Lewis, Katherine Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Students with mathematical learning disabilities (MLDs) experience persistent challenges learning even the most elementary mathematics. While prior research on MLDs has classified students on the basis of test scores and documented performance differences between groups, this dissertation focuses on the qualitative differences in individual…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Mathematics Skills, Student Characteristics, Individual Differences
Scott, Marshall, III – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of selected academic, demographic, and instructional program related factors on the retention rates of elementary school students. More specifically, this study was concerned with the relationship and predictability of the reading and mathematics variables scores, gender, ethnicity, program…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, School Holding Power, Reading, Mathematics
Winkler, Rodney Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2011
K-12 teachers lack training in best practices of interactive lesson development. It is essential that teachers utilize interactive whiteboards effectively. Using a collaborative mentor training, this factorial between-within groups study investigated how student achievement was impacted when teachers applied a set of effective interactive…
Descriptors: Intervention, Secondary Education, Observation, Statistical Significance
Hansen, Laurie E. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study examined independent reading behaviors and contextual factors that contributed to growth in vocabulary and literacy of fourth grade English-only (EO), limited English proficient (LEP), and fluent English proficient (FEP) children. Participants were given pre-post measures of receptive and expressive vocabulary, word reading, decoding,…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Instructional Materials, Scores, Grade 4
Davin, Kristin Johnson – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Although researchers have begun to explore the implementation of dynamic assessment (DA) with foreign language learners, few of these studies have occurred in the language classroom. Whereas DA is typically implemented in dyads, promising research in the field of foreign language learning suggests that DA may promote development with groups of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Programs, Grade 5
Reynolds, Corey W. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this inductive and quantitative research study is to examine the influence of dual language education upon the development of literacy skills in English proficient kindergarten through grade 2 students. Secondly, this research is purposed to aid in filling the void in the limited way in which educational researchers have examined…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Reading Skills
Morris, Iris J. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Best instructional practice occurs when teachers work collaboratively. Many teachers in the target elementary school appeared to work in isolation, struggling to respond to the needs of low-performing students without the benefit of collaboration with colleagues. The purpose of this applied dissertation was to investigate the impact of a…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
Gesbocker, Shestine R. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to assess if there was a relationship between sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student's level of mastery of basic math facts and their mathematical scaled score from a standardized test, whether computer assisted instruction (CAI) software improved seventh grade students' ability to master their basic math…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Middle School Students
Swinehart, Alexis Fitzgerald – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study extended the research of Aiken (2006), which originally examined the reading motivation, attitudes, and habits for a cohort of 6th grade readers from an affluent suburban community. The purpose of this research was to investigate if the students' self-concepts as readers and values of reading have changed from their 6th grade year…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Reading Attitudes, Reading Motivation, Reading Habits
Welle, Brad – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The impact a teacher's background experiences and dispositions have on student performance, as measured by criterion-referenced state assessments in communication arts for grades three through five, were determined. The following background experiences were found to predict least effective teachers with 85% accuracy: rank of the undergraduate…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Grade Point Average, Teaching Experience, Universities
Greene, Paulette – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Instructional strategies in science that fail to identify students' initial understanding of scientific concepts may leave students' flawed ideas unchanged, thus affecting their ability to synthesize, differentiate, and connect to new information in science. The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the relationship between concept…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Social Change, Grade 3, Educational Strategies
Pereira, Nielsen – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The under-identification and underrepresentation of English language learners (ELLs) in gifted programs remains a severe and pervasive problem in the field of gifted education (Yoon & Gentry, 2009, VanTassel-Baska & Stambaugh, 2007). This study focused on ELLs in grades K-5 from four elementary schools in Midwestern school districts (a) to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Gifted, Validity, Second Language Learning
McKenzie, Lolita D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
English language learners (ELLs) spend a majority of their instructional time in mainstream classrooms with mainstream teachers. Reading is an area with which many ELLs are challenged when placed within mainstream classrooms. Scaffolding has been identified as one of the best teaching practices for helping students read. ELL students in a local…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Program Effectiveness, School Personnel, Reading Instruction
Broyles, Iris A. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a distributed cognition hybrid minicourse in increasing a 1-day camp's ability to effect long-term knowledge retention and pro-environment attitudes and behaviors in sixth graders. The preevent-postevent minicourse was designed to reduce cognitive overload generated by an intense immersion into the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Pretests Posttests, Grade 6, Minicourses
Nagy, Kerri Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Given expectations for higher standards teachers must find ways to improve family involvement and build a community atmosphere within the classroom. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine the implementation of a family involvement program into a first grade classroom. Epstein's six types of parent involvement formed the theoretical…
Descriptors: Reading Failure, Parent Participation, Grade 1, Family Involvement
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