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Kraft, Matthew A.; Gilmour, Allison F. – Educational Researcher, 2017
In 2009, the New Teacher Project's "The Widget Effect" documented the failure of U.S. public school districts to recognize and act on differences in teacher effectiveness. We revisit these findings by compiling teacher performance ratings across 24 states that adopted major reforms to their teacher evaluation systems. In the vast…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Attitudes, School Districts
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Rubino-Hare, Lori A.; Whitworth, Brooke A.; Bloom, Nena E.; Claesgens, Jennifer M.; Fredrickson, Kristi M.; Sample, James C. – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2016
This case study described teachers with varying technology skills who were implementing the use of geospatial technology (GST) within project-based instruction (PBI) at varying grade levels and contexts 1 to 2 years following professional development. The sample consisted of 10 fifth- to ninth-grade teachers. Data sources included artifacts,…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Ciampa, Katia; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This case study research reports on elementary (grade 8) and secondary school (grade 9) teachers' participation in job-embedded, professional learning and engagement in collaborative inquiry. Teachers constructed an inquiry-oriented media literacy unit following the collaborative inquiry model. The current study sought to investigate how…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Inquiry, Literacy, Self Efficacy
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Shifflet, Rena; Weilbacher, Gary – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2015
In this article, the authors describe a case study approach used to examine the complexities and contradictions of ways teachers perceive and implement technology in a seventh-grade social studies class. The participants in this qualitative research study were a 13-year veteran social studies teacher and the student intern who worked with this…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Technology Uses in Education
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Moloney, Robyn; Xu, HuiLing – Cogent Education, 2015
With the economic rise of China, there is global demand for effective teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL). There has been limited sustained success in Chinese language learning in Australian schools, however, and this has been attributed, amongst other factors, to pedagogy employed by teachers. Today, it is commonplace to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chinese, Second Language Instruction, Case Studies
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Crooks, Claire V.; Burleigh, Dawn; Snowshoe, Angela; Lapp, Andrea; Hughes, Ray; Sisco, Ashley – Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2015
Schools are expected to promote social and emotional learning skills among youth; however, there is a lack of culturally-relevant programming available. The Fourth R: Uniting Our Nations programs for Aboriginal youth include strengths-based programs designed to promote healthy relationships and cultural connectedness, and improve school success…
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Culturally Relevant Education
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Riedinger, Kelly – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2015
In this exploratory case study, I investigated the ways that youth engaged in negotiating their identity during learning conversations at an informal science education camp. In particular, I was interested in exploring the ways that youth positioned themselves within their learning group and how this influenced their identities as learners of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Identification (Psychology), Science Education, Informal Education
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Fairman, Janet C.; Mackenzie, Sarah V. – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2015
This study elaborates the many ways that teachers lead work with colleagues to improve teaching and learning, and their understanding of their work as leadership. Through qualitative case studies of seven Maine schools and a review of the literature, the authors developed a conceptual model, Spheres of Teacher Leadership Action for Learning. They…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Influence, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
Baltaci, Serdal; Yildiz, Avni; Güven, Bülent – Online Submission, 2014
This study aims to determine how primary school eighth grade (14 years old) gifted students use knowledge types while solving problems. In the context, the data were collected through clinical interviews conducted with three gifted students. The students' voice recordings during problem solving and the solutions they wrote on the paper formed the…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Doppen, Frans H.; Feinberg, Joseph R.; Arrowood-Schultheis, Chelsie M. – Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to use the US naturalization test as a springboard to gauge the citizenship knowledge and notions of young adolescent students in Ohio and Georgia. The participants' citizenship knowledge was partially measured by administering questions from the US naturalization test in two case studies. Students from a range of…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Tests, Student Evaluation
Weinstein, Meryle; Whitesell, Emilyn Ruble; Leardo, Michele – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2014
Informal science education institutions have been identified as critical participants in helping students succeed in science by working in collaboration with school systems across the country. The results of one such collaboration, the Urban Advantage (UA) program found that participation in UA improved student achievement, on average, by 0.6…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Program Descriptions, Institutional Characteristics, Best Practices
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Ellerbrock, Cheryl; Kiefer, Sarah M.; Alley, Kathleen M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
This qualitative case study (N = 24) analyzed in what ways school-based interpersonal relationships may have helped to set the foundation for young adolescents' belonging within 1 large, diverse urban sixth through eighth grade middle school. Eighteen students (11-14 years old), 5 teachers, and 1 administrator were individually interviewed in the…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Early Adolescents, Urban Schools
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Karnezou, Maria; Avgitidou, Sofia; Kariotoglou, Petros – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2013
There is a growing body of research examining the impact of science field trips on pupils' learning in science education and the factors that influence their success. However, there is a limited number of studies that focus on the way teachers' beliefs influence their practices in an informal science-learning venue. This research aimed to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
Caven, Meghan; Checkoway, Amy; Fisman, Lianne; Gamse, Beth; Fountain, Alyssa Rulf – Abt Associates, 2012
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative was launched in 2005, and it provides grants to selected schools across multiple districts to increase instructional time by at least 300 hours per academic year. Participating schools receive an additional $1,300 per student to lengthen the day and/or year. Schools are expected to use the…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Extended School Day, Extended School Year
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Bates, Lauren; Breslow, Nicole; Hupert, Naomi – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2009
This report describes efforts by five states (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) to improve adolescent literacy. Highlighting common challenges and lessons, the report examines how each state has engaged key stakeholders, set rigorous goals and standards, aligned resources to support adolescent literacy goals, built…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, State Departments of Education, Literacy, Adolescents