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Gupta, Angela S.; Grant, Samantha; Strauss, Andrea Lorek – Journal of Extension, 2012
The University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H and Forestry Afterschool program combined the 4-H structure and various forestry curricula to foster positive attitudes towards the environment and stewardship-related behaviors as these may serve as precursors to later choices that benefit the environment. Evaluation of third through fifth grade club…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Clubs, Youth Programs, After School Programs
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Schroeder, Mary M.; Burns, Connie S.; Reicks, Marla M. – Journal of Extension, 2011
Use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in school classrooms and conference rooms is increasing. To evaluate the effectiveness of IWBs as a tool for Extension education, two groups of 3rd and 4th grade Minnesota students (n=325) were taught nutrition using traditional methods or IWBs. Significant increases in knowledge and behavior were observed in…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Nutrition, Classrooms, Grade 4
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Thirteen years ago, Minnesota was a state with no academic standards in mathematics and science and what some observers said was a mixed record in grounding students in crucial academic content, such as number skills and algebra. Since then, the state has set clear guidelines for schools in both subjects, and it also appears to have tuned up what…
Descriptors: State Officials, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Algebra
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Muir, Gary M.; van der Linden, Gretchen J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
Students in large, lecture-based introductory psychology classes often do not have the benefit of experiential learning (EL) opportunities due to logistical constraints. To overcome this obstacle, we developed an EL project in which introductory psychology students in small groups present some aspect of the course material to local elementary…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Experiential Learning, Psychology, Introductory Courses
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Educational Legislation
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Strait, Jean R. – International Journal on School Disaffection, 2008
What causes students to leave school? According to Azzam (2007), over 47% of students in the United States who drop out of school reported they did so because school was boring and irrelevant to their life situation. What can schools and teachers do to encourage students to stay in school? One possible solution may be to look at experiential…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Processes, Public Speaking, Skill Development
Lance, Keith Curry; Marks, Robbie Bravman – School Library Journal, 2008
Storytimes, lap-sit programs, and other services for young children are a major part of most public libraries' missions. According to children's librarians, these services play a significant role in preparing children for success as readers. This article discusses the positive relationship between children's services and early reading success by…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Public Libraries, Emergent Literacy, Grade 4
Hawaii Educational Policy Center, 2008
The 2007 Hawai'i State Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 118 S.D.1 HD 1 Improving the Community's Understanding of the Department of Education's Programs and School Expenses Including a Comparison with Other States on Adequacy of Funds. Among the requests contained in the resolution were the following: "Be it further resolved…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Finance, State Departments of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Curriculum Review, 2007
The Search Institute, a nonprofit research organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, defines developmental assets as good things everyone needs to be happy in life, such as a supportive family, a caring neighborhood, integrity, self-esteem, resistance skills, conflict resolution skills, constructive activities and a sense of purpose. "A…
Descriptors: Justice, Integrity, Conflict Resolution, Student Development