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McDonald, Scott; Bateman, Kathryn; Gall, Helen; Tanis-Ozcelik, Arzu; Webb, Aubree; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Plate tectonics is the organizing paradigm of geosciences, but it is also conceptually complex, and students often struggle with developing a system level understanding of the earth. This article reports on research designed to create a characterization of the different levels of sophistication around plate tectonics in the form of a learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Earth Science, Grade 6, Grade 7
Legutko, Robert S. – Online Submission, 2019
This study employed a quantitative experimental correlational (action research) design utilizing Pearson's r correlation coefficient to determine whether or not there was a statistically significant relationship between students' socioeconomic status and having a diagnosed disability at one economically disadvantaged public, rural, co-educational…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Students with Disabilities, Rural Schools, Middle Schools
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Dever, Bridget V.; Gallagher, Emily K.; Hochbein, Craig D.; Loukas, Austin; Dai, Chenchen – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2017
Behavioral and emotional problems among children and adolescents can lead to numerous negative outcomes without intervention. From a prevention standpoint, screening for behavioral and emotional risk is an important step toward identifying such problems before the point of diagnosis or referral. The present study conducted a k-means cluster…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Children, Adolescents
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Reisman, Abby – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2017
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call on science and social studies teachers to engage in literacy instruction that prepares students for the academic rigors of college. The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) designed a framework to address the challenge of literacy-content integration. At the heart of the intervention are fill-in-the-blank…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Course Content, Common Core State Standards, Science Instruction
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Beeks, Amirah; Graves, Scott, Jr. – School Psychology Forum, 2016
The purpose of this project was to examine the effect of the implementation of the Mystery Motivator intervention as an interdependent group contingency to decrease disruptive behavior in an urban eighth-grade general education science classroom. The study was conducted using an A-B changing criterion design. The effectiveness of the intervention…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Urban Schools, Grade 8, Classroom Techniques
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Bernadowski, Carianne – Middle School Journal, 2016
A qualitative case study design was used to explore the use of the think-aloud reading comprehension strategy in the implementation of math journals. The goal of the study was to determine if a teacher's direct instruction in the implementation of think-alouds improved "at risk" eighth-graders' abilities to answer word problems more…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Protocol Analysis, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students
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Johnson, Matthew T.; Lipscomb, Stephen; Gill, Brian – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
Teacher value-added models (VAMs) must isolate teachers' contributions to student achievement to be valid. Well-known VAMs use different specifications, however, leaving policymakers with little clear guidance for constructing a valid model. We examine the sensitivity of teacher value-added estimates under different models based on whether they…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Academic Achievement, Models
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Ramsay, Crystal M.; Sperling, Rayne A. – Journal of Educational Research, 2015
In 2 experiments the authors investigated whether assigning a perspective to middle school students prior to reading a long informational text would improve their reading comprehension. Pretest-posttest control group designs were employed in both experiments, in Experiment 1 (n = 146 fifth- and sixth-grade students) and in Experiment 2 (n = 83…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2015
Making robust and reliable information about schools accessible is one of the most powerful ways to foster engagement and promote informed decisions that will shape our communities. Though education data is frequently collected and aggregated at the state level, data is rarely synthesized across cities. This report provides comparable information…
Descriptors: School Districts, Geographic Location, Public Officials, City Government
Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2015
This study documents the magnitude of the gaps in student performance for public school students in Pennsylvania and estimates the economic consequences of those education performance gaps. Although Pennsylvania is one of the top-scoring states on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on average, the achievement gaps between…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Public Schools, Economic Factors, Racial Differences
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Shapiro, Mary; Grossman, Diane; Carter, Suzanne; Martin, Karyn; Deyton, Patricia; Hammer, Diane – Middle School Journal, 2015
Why do girls perform so well academically yet lose ground as professional women? This diminishing number of women up the leadership hierarchy is often referred to as the "leaky pipeline," and attributed to many factors: external ones such as work environments not conducive to work/life balance, and internal ones such as women's own…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, Barriers, Career Development
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Cheng, Feon W.; Monnat, Shannon M.; Lohse, Barbara – Journal of School Health, 2015
Background: "NEEDs for Bones" (NFB), based on the Health Belief Model, is a 4-lesson osteoporosis-prevention curriculum for 11- to 14-year-olds. This study examined the relationship between enjoyment of food tastings and interest in NFB. Methods:NFB was administered by teachers as part of standard practice and evaluated after the fourth…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Correlation, Food
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Torbeyns, Joke; Schneider, Michael; Xin, Ziqiang; Siegler, Robert S. – Grantee Submission, 2015
Numerical understanding and arithmetic skills are easier to acquire for whole numbers than fractions. The "integrated theory of numerical development" posits that, in addition to these differences, whole numbers and fractions also have important commonalities. In both, students need to learn how to interpret number symbols in terms of…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Comprehension, Arithmetic, Numeracy
Lortie-Forgues, Hugues; Tian, Jing; Siegler, Robert S. – Grantee Submission, 2015
Fraction and decimal arithmetic are crucial for later mathematics achievement and for ability to succeed in many professions. Unfortunately, these capabilities pose large difficulties for many children and adults, and students' proficiency in them has shown little sign of improvement over the past three decades. To summarize what is known about…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
Hollenbeck, Kevin; Bartik, Timothy J.; Eberts, Randall W.; Hershbein, Brad J.; Miller-Adams, Michelle – W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2015
Michigan has a problem. By several measures, the achievement of students attending its K-12 educational system has not kept pace with other states. Although Michigan's student achievement has improved over the past decade, the improvement has been modest, and achievement in many other states has easily surpassed that in Michigan. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement
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