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Muhovich, Phyllis – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Educational leaders struggle to improve and maintain student achievement while at the same time reduce the achievement gap between students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and their peers educated in higher socioeconomic communities. The practice of distributed leadership has shown promise in improving school achievement. The specific problem…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Socioeconomic Status, Low Income Students, Instructional Leadership
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Rissanen, Inkeri; Kuusisto, Elina; Hanhimäki, Eija; Tirri, Kirsi – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
This qualitative case study examines teachers' implicit meaning systems built around their core beliefs on the malleability of human qualities. Previous research has demonstrated the influence of students' implicit theories on motivation and achievement and has presented successful interventions for students. However, research on teachers'…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Systems Approach, Recall (Psychology), Interviews
Coward-Vaughn, Valerie – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Elementary educators at the urban elementary school in this study struggled with technology-enhanced literacy pedagogy to increase student success. The purpose of this case study was to examine the extent to which educators built relationships between technology and teaching to improve student success. The study was guided by Venkatesh's unified…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Technology Integration, Literacy Education
Lawson, Debi C. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative case study explored parent engagement at two elementary schools in Sacramento. This exploration examined how parents feel about: (1) parent involvement policy and practice, (2) how self-efficacy affects parent engagement, and (3) how the newly adopted Common Core Standards affect parent involvement. Teachers and administration…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Parent Participation
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Broemmel, Amy D.; Swaggerty, Elizabeth A. – New Educator, 2017
This article describes the challenges associated with outcomes-based education reform as experienced by two novice elementary teachers. Interviews with the teachers provide insights into the tensions between their teaching beliefs and the practices employed in their local contexts. Specifically, pressures to both focus on standardized measures of…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Reflective Teaching, Educational Change
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Okilwa, Nathern; Barnett, Bruce – Journal of Educational Administration, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine how Robbins ES has sustained high academic performance over almost 20 years despite several changes in principals. Design/methodology/approach: The paper analyzed longitudinal data based on: state-level academic and demographic data; two earlier studies of the school; and recent interviews with…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Elementary Schools, Disadvantaged Schools, Urban Schools
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Scott, Catherine M. – Journal of School Choice, 2017
More than 6,000 charter schools exist in the United States, and of these 120 are Montessori charter schools. When studying charter school practices, researchers often examine issues such as performance accountability measures and effectiveness of charter school curricula. In doing so, the outcomes often overlook the challenges for teachers as they…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Accountability
Dalieh, Franklin T. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In post-conflict Liberia, more students are returning to schools and moving to urban areas resulting in overcrowding and class sizes that surpassed recommended and legally-sanctioned limits. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore educational stakeholders' perceptions of the factors (e.g., organizational leadership, social, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, Class Size, Qualitative Research
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Jay, Tim; Willis, Ben; Thomas, Peter; Taylor, Roberta; Moore, Nick; Burnett, Cathy; Merchant, Guy; Stevens, Anna – Education Endowment Foundation, 2017
The aim of the intervention was to raise levels of engagement and attainment across English, maths, and science in primary schools by improving the quality of teacher and pupil talk in the classroom. The approach, termed "dialogic teaching", emphasises dialogue through which pupils learn to reason, discuss, argue, and explain in order to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Skill Development
Harris, Nicole A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This case study addressed the factors that enhanced or constrained the success of one Promise Academy at an elementary school in the northeastern United States. A large number of schools in an urban district have continuously failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). The study school implemented the Promise Academy model in September 2010, to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Urban Schools, School Turnaround
Ramirez, Aimee Eva – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Educational reforms have created a climate of accountability and high academic pressure that has resulted in a pushing down of the curriculum into early childhood education. Once a prominent pedagogical feature, play is disappearing from kindergarten. The following is a doctoral dissertation that studied administrator, teacher, and parent…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Play
Brumfield, Jeremy Wayne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This case study sought to explore the perceptions of classroom teachers and an instructional support team regarding the effectiveness of an established reading Response to Intervention model. It compared the perceptions of both groups regarding the model's effectiveness, focusing on its strengths and weaknesses. The similarities and differences…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Intervention, Models
Minger, Leslie – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore and describe the leadership communication practices of school principals in Southern California schools with demonstrated high levels of academic performance in order to identify practices that might be replicated in other schools. Communication practices were studied in relation to two…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Elementary Schools
Vasser Darling, Sharon – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The pursuit of an authentic education is important. The need to understand one's role, rights, and responsibilities within a society is paramount. Further important is to know the makeup of the society in which one lives--the history, people, and values. Much of this knowledge is gained through the social studies instruction, beginning at the…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Social Studies
Brown, Christine – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The focus of this research is bridging the achievement gap for students living in poverty through quality education. Such a study is important because the percentage of students affected by poverty is increasing and the persistent gap in achievement evidences that the right to quality education for students in poverty is not being met. This is…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Case Studies, Poverty, Disadvantaged Schools
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