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Akarsu, Bayram – European Journal of Physics Education, 2011
Hands-on activities are one of the most popular instructional tools that enhance student understandings of the science concepts and enable them to get involved in science practices as well. However, most of science educators underestimate its effectiveness in the classrooms. In order to illustrate how these activities could be utilized for science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts
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Hall, Brenda S.; Holland, Carol E. Buchholz; Karsh, Lisa; Wang, Ting – ERS Spectrum, 2011
In this article, we share outcomes from the implementation of a ninth-grade academy in a large, comprehensive, Northern Plains, United States, school district. The article discusses the effectiveness of this reform in terms of the academic and social preparedness for students during the ninth-grade year and transition to high school. Findings…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Grade 9, School Counselors
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Dawson, Peg – Educational Leadership, 2010
Child psychologist Peg Dawson explains that some students who appear to be lazy simply lack the executive skills they need to stay organized and get their work done. She tells the story of Josh, a student with attention problems whose academic performance started plummeting in middle school. With the help of a coach, Josh learned to manage his…
Descriptors: Time Management, Study Skills, Child Psychology, Student Motivation
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Wilson, Nance S.; Kelley, Michelle J. – Reading Horizons, 2010
This article describes a pilot study conducted with 10 identified avid adolescent readers who completed the Adolescent Motivation to Read Profile (AMRP) (Pitcher, Albright, DeLaney, Walker, Seunarienesingh, & Moggie, 2007) that includes both a survey to determine students' self-concept and value of reading and an interview that sheds light on what…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Attitudes, Misconceptions, Adolescents
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Thomas, Jeffrey D. – Science Scope, 2010
Middle school students often struggle when writing testable problems, planning valid and reliable procedures, and drawing meaningful evidence-based conclusions. To address this issue, the author created a student-centered lab handout to facilitate the inquiry process for students. This handout has reduced students' frustration and helped them…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Inquiry, Middle School Students
Children Now, 2010
Throughout history, societal investments in children have resulted in increased prosperity for individuals, communities, states and nations. This proved to be the case for California in the 1950s and 1960s, when the state strongly supported children's futures. Despite once following this path to prosperity, California has de-prioritized children…
Descriptors: Children, Well Being, College Graduates, Adolescents
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Meyen, Edward L.; Greer, Diana L. – Journal of Special Education Technology, 2010
This article discusses the theoretical framework, instructional design, formative assessment results, capacity for national distribution, and generalization of the Blending Assessment with Instruction Program (BAIP) model to other content areas such as science. The BAIP, developed and validated at the University of Kansas, employs technology to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Mathematics Instruction
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Markwick, Andy; Nandhra, Satvinder – School Science Review, 2010
This article describes how science can lead whole-school curriculum change at key stage 3 (ages 11-14). Two thematic curriculum models are described. Model 1 shows how science specialists can develop student understanding of how science interrelates to a variety of other subject areas, while Model 2 shows how science might help to create a…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, Models
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2010
The transition from eighth grade to high school results in a higher drop-out rate and more grade retentions than any other grade. However, when districts and schools develop and implement a sound transition program, the outcomes for ninth graders are improved. Key points of this briefing paper include the following promising interventions: (1)…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Middle School Students, High School Students, School Counseling
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2009
As attention to ninth grade transitions has grown, so has the need to carefully gauge the impacts of efforts to improve student outcomes. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), supported by the Institute for Education Sciences at the US Department of Education, sorts interventions based on the quality and the outcomes of the scientifically based…
Descriptors: Evidence, Intervention, Dropout Prevention, Grade 9
Whitebook, Marcy; Gomby, Deanna; Bellm, Dan; Sakai, Laura; Kipnis, Fran – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley, 2009
Across the political spectrum, high-quality early care and education (ECE) is viewed as essential to educational reform. No ECE program can succeed without teachers who can establish warm and caring relationships with children, light the fires of children's curiosity and love of learning, and foster their development and readiness for school.…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Young Children
Whitebook, Marcy; Gomby, Deanna; Bellm, Dan; Sakai, Laura; Kipnis, Fran – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley, 2009
When it comes to teacher preparation, the support provided to new teachers, and ongoing professional development for working teachers, Grades K-12 and the field of early care and education (ECE) are two very different worlds. While both worlds assume that teachers' classroom skills and behavior can be influenced at multiple points in time (through…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Young Children, Educational Change, Professional Development
Lord, E. Wayne; Swanson, Julie Dingle; Breard, Nan; Drain, Denise; Thomas, Kianga R.; Thomas, Steve; Dolph, Katie A.; Price, R. Douglas – Online Submission, 2009
On March 13, 2009, Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, an eminent leader in gifted education, was presented with a Festschrift, a volume of articles submitted by colleagues as well as former and current graduate students to celebrate her life's work and influence on the field. This volume is a free supplement from The College of William and Mary's Center…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Graduate Students, Academically Gifted, Problem Based Learning
Benson, Melvin V., IV – Gifted Child Today, 2009
As a general practice throughout the U.S., gifted students are left to work out their own issues. Although gifted students are generally not considered "high-risk," they too need special attention. High-achieving gifted students experience similar feelings of social and physical anxiety, just like their peers. Additionally, gifted students expect…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academically Gifted, At Risk Students, Educational Experience
Curriculum Review, 2009
Imagine recreating a tsunami's force in a bathtub or exploring the potential of geothermal energy by using steam from a kettle to illuminate a light bulb. These types of activities and more are offered in Matthew Levy and Mario Salvadori's collection of experiments and demonstrations in Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis. More than 30 easy and…
Descriptors: Physics, Physical Geography, Natural Disasters, Science Experiments
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