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Mahowald, Megan; Loughnane, Megan – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
Researchers and practitioners alike have noted that Hmong students in the United States do not achieve as well as their monolingual peers and other bilingual students. The current mixed-methods study is designed to describe reading development and achievement of 4th-grade Hmong students in one large, urban school district. This study explores the…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Tests
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Griffith, Robin; Bauml, Michelle; Barksdale, Bonnie – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
This study provides insight into the in-the-moment teaching decisions made during reading instruction in the primary grades. Eight exemplary teachers of reading drew upon pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge to make these in-the-moment decisions. Findings indicate the focus of teachers' in-the-moment decisions varied depending…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction, Decision Making
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Wilkerson, Trena L.; Cooper, Susan; Gupta, Dittika; Montgomery, Mark; Mechell, Sara; Arterbury, Kristin; Moore, Sherrie; Baker, Betty Ruth; Sharp, Pat T. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
This study examines the effect varying models have on student understanding of fractions. The study addressed the question of what students know and understand about fractional concepts through the use of discrete and continuous models. A sample of 54 students in kindergarten and 3rd grade were given an interview pretest, participated in…
Descriptors: Investigations, Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Elementary School Mathematics
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Bauml, Michelle – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2015
Considerable research suggests that standardizing curricular materials can undermine teachers' ability to facilitate learning. Nonetheless, U.S. school districts' curriculum guides have become increasingly standardized, with teachers being required to follow predetermined pacing calendars indicating which standards to teach during specific months,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Rabin, Colette – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
Due to the current focus on individual achievement in education, relational ethical stances, such as care ethics, are particularly important. To be prepared to teach care ethics, teachers need exposure to pedagogies that cultivate students' capacity to care. "Care" refers to the capacity to become aware of and attend to others'…
Descriptors: Caring, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques
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Muthersbaugh, Debbie; Kern, Anne L.; Charvoz, Rebecca – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
In the early 1800s, the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson assembled a team of explorers led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to forge a waterway connecting the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. How has this environment changed in 200 years and how do elementary students make sense of those changes? This study looks at the impact of…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Change, Qualitative Research, Visual Arts
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White, Richard B.; Polly, Drew; Audette, Robert H. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2012
The study provides an illustration of an elementary school's implementation of a model of Response to Intervention (RTI). The school was selected to be the pilot for RTI implementation within the district. The study employed interviews of all members of the school RTI Leadership Team and select members of the district-level RTI Leadership Team. An…
Descriptors: Intervention, Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, Case Studies
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Goldstein, Lisa S. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2007
The purposes of kindergarten have been changing rapidly in the United States. Kindergarten teachers are facing many new demands; in addition to meeting children's needs across all developmental domains, they must also move their young students toward mastery of a variety of mandated academic skills. This article presents findings from a recent…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Certo, Janine L. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2006
This paper, part of a larger case study of beginning teachers and mentors, describes the concerns of four teachers throughout their stages of development in first-year teaching. They and their mentors were interviewed at three intervals in the school year to obtain perceptions of beginning teacher concerns. Beginning teachers also kept journals of…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Case Studies, Testing, Mentors