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Hunter, Jodie; Jones, Ian – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
We administered specially-designed, free-response mathematics tasks to primary students (N = 583, ages five to 12 years old). Our focus was on whether (i) the children's responses could be reliably assessed, and (ii) the responses could provide insights into children's mathematical thinking. We used a contemporary comparative judgement technique,…
Descriptors: Student Reaction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
Hunter, Jodie; Miller, Jodie – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Pasifika cultures have a rich background of mathematics including a strong emphasis on patterns used within craft design (Finau & Stillman, 1995). However, there have been limited studies which have investigated the use of contextual Pasifika patterns in mathematics classrooms. The aim of this study was to explore how contextual Pasifika…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Generalization, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement
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Fisher, Anthony; Carlyon, Tracey; Peter, Mira – Teacher Development, 2017
Literacy skills acquired during the first years of schooling have been recognised as the key to students' learning success. However, despite the continuing efforts by the New Zealand government and teachers there is still a large proportion of students who struggle to become literate. To address this issue the Ministry of Education funded selected…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Ability, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten
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D'Agostino, Jerome V.; Harmey, Sinéad J. – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2016
Reading Recovery is one of the most researched literacy programs worldwide. Although there have been at least 4 quantitative reviews of its effectiveness, none have considered all rigorous group-comparison studies from all implementing nations from the late 1970s to 2015. Using a hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) v-known analysis, we examined if…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Reading, Reading Programs, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Sargisson, Rebecca J.; Powell, Cheniel; Stanley, Peter; de Candole, Rosalind – Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 2014
The motor and language skills, emotional and behavioural problems of 245 children were measured at school entry. Fine motor scores were significantly predicted by hyperactivity, phonetic awareness, prosocial behaviour, and the presence of medical problems. Gross motor scores were significantly predicted by the presence of medical problems. The…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Scores, Prediction, Psychomotor Skills
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Suggate, Sebastian; Reese, Elaine; Lenhard, Wolfgang; Schneider, Wolfgang – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2014
Beginning readers in shallow orthographies acquire word reading skills more quickly than in deep orthographies like English. In addition to extending this evidence base by comparing reading acquisition in English with the more transparent German, we conducted a longitudinal study and investigated whether different early reading skills made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, German, English
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Young-Loveridge, Jenny – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
This paper provides an overview of assessment policy and practice in mathematics for early years classrooms in New Zealand between 1993 and the present day. It describes the introduction of school entry assessment for children starting school at age five. A numeracy initiative, the Numeracy Development Projects (NDP), for students in Years 1-10…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, National Standards, Numeracy, Foreign Countries
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Sprietsma, Maresa – Education Economics, 2010
In this paper, we estimate the effect of pupil's relative age within the first grade of primary school on mathematics and reading test scores at age 15. The main objective is to evaluate the long-term causal effect of relative age in the first grades of primary school on pupil's test in 16 different countries. We use the national rule for…
Descriptors: Grade 1, School Entrance Age, Age Differences, Grade Repetition
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Glasswell, Kathryn; Parr, Judy M. – Language Arts, 2009
Traditionally, assessing student writing ability has often been product-focused. Advocates of child-centered process-oriented classrooms, however, suggest that teachers should also focus on understanding children's writing behaviors in the context of meaningful communicative tasks. In such an approach, writing conferences are one way in which…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Writing Evaluation, Writing Ability, Educational Technology
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Duncan, J. Scott; Schofield, Grant; Duncan, Elizabeth K.; Hinckson, Erica A. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2007
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of age group, walking speed, and body composition on the accuracy of pedometer-determined step counts in children. Eighty-five participants (43 boys, 42 girls), ages 5-7 and 9-11 years, walked on a treadmill for two-minute bouts at speeds of 42, 66, and 90 m[middle dot]min[superscript -1]…
Descriptors: Body Composition, Physical Activities, Children, Measurement Equipment
Timperley, Helen S.; Parr, Judy M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
A national literacy professional development project reduced the achievement gap for students experiencing difficulties in reading or writing in 91 of New Zealand's schools. It was based on two premises: coherence within and between the multiple levels of the schooling and educational administration systems, and a focus on evidence-informed…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Administration, Identification, Feedback (Response)
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Brough, Chris – Kairaranga, 2007
In this paper I discuss the benefits of curriculum integration for gifted and talented students in the regular classroom setting. Although this approach to curriculum delivery enhances learning for all learners, the focus of this article is the gifted and talented student. In this paper I begin by describing the approach and the teacher's role in…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Gifted, Talent, Educational Change
McGee, Lea M. – Literacy Teaching and Learning, 2006
In this article I critique six quantitative studies of Reading Recovery and five reviews of Reading Recovery research published in Tier 1 research journals--journals accepted as having high levels of "expert scrutiny" through peer review. I also critique several quantitative research studies of Reading Recovery published in Tier 2…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Reading Failure, Periodicals, Statistical Analysis