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Meagher, Michael – 2002
This ERIC Digest overviews recent research on teaching and learning fractions and provides suggestions for practice, help in locating resources having direct application in the classroom, and sources for further reading in the literature. Students' conceptions of fractions or rational numbers, common mistakes teachers make, and new teaching…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Fractions
Kleifgen, Jo Anne – 1989
The computer revolution was expected to help American schools to teach traditionally unsuccessful students more effectively and to reduce educational inequalities. Research suggests, however, that computer technology has in many ways actually widened the gap in educational opportunity. Nevertheless, this report finds that computers and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware
Helgeson, Stanley L. – 1988
In 1986, a total of 11 different populations involving more than 1000 schools and more than 20,000 students participated in the Second IEA Science Study (SISS). This digest discusses findings related to curricular patterns and student outcomes. Ratings were done at grades 5, 9, and 12, to ensure that the achievement tests reflected the science…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Comparative Education, Elementary School Science
Suydam, Marilyn N. – 1990
This digest reviews the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics'"Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics." Topics summarized are: (1) rationale; (2) underlying assumptions; (3) five goals for students; (4) framework for curriculum; (5) standards for each grade cluster; (6) standards for general assessment, student…
Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
Nickell, Pat – 1993
Alternative forms of evaluating student progress are changing testing or assessment in U.S. schools. From the teacher-made to the standardized test, the familiar over-emphasis on multiple-choice items is giving way to expanded generative formats in which students are called upon to demonstrate mastery through applications in which they use complex…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Testing
Patrick, John J. – 1993
Recent state-level curriculum frameworks have emphasized geography and history as core subjects of the social studies sequence of courses, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. This Digest presents a rationale for the connection between geography and history, presents ideas for developing this connection within the curriculum, and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy
Patrick, John J. – 1993
In February 1990, the President and state governors proclaimed a set of six national education goals to prompt profound improvements in schools and student achievement by the year 2000. These six goals reflect widely held concerns that most Americans have not been receiving the kind of education they need to meet the challenges of twenty-first…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizenship Education, Core Curriculum, Educational Change
ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC. – 1986
This digest highlights features of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), explains how to use the system most effectively, and offers suggestions on how health and physical education teacher education faculty can present and use the ERIC system to supplement classroom instruction. Following a description of how resources in ERIC can…
Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Databases, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education
Blosser, Patricia E. – 1985
This digest provides an overview of several meta-analysis studies which focused on various aspects of science instruction. These studies examined: productive factors in science learning for grades 6 through 12; quality and quantity of instruction; effects of various teaching strategies on science achievement; instructional systems in science…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education