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Quirk, Matthew; Furlong, Michael; Lilles, Elena; Felix, Erika; Chin, Jenna – Journal of Applied School Psychology, 2011
The low achievement of students from non-English-speaking households living in low socioeconomic contexts is associated with academic skill gaps evident at kindergarten entry. Yet, few cost-effective, valid instruments are available to assess these students' school readiness. To examine this topic, this longitudinal study followed 1,069 primarily…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Hispanic American Students, Reading Skills
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Abd Razak, Nordin; Darmawan, I. Gusti Ngurah; Keeves, John P. – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2010
Culture is believed to be an important factor that influences various aspects of human life, such as behaviour, thinking, perceptions and attitudes. This article examines the similarities and differences in the influence of culture on teacher commitment in three types of Malaysian primary schools. Since commitment to teaching has rarely been…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Path Analysis, Least Squares Statistics, Foreign Countries
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Plank, Stephen B.; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Young, Hollie – American Journal of Education, 2009
This article considers school climate and perceptions of social disorder. When a school is characterized by disorder or physical risk, basic educational goals and processes are jeopardized. We use survey data from 33 public schools serving grades 6-8 in a large mid-Atlantic city to examine relationships among physical disorder (e.g., broken…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Public Schools, School Surveys, Urban Schools
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Rots, Isabel; Aelterman, Antonia – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2009
This study aims to advance insight into the relationship between teacher education and graduates' intended and actual entrance into the teaching profession. Moreover, it indicates how this relationship varies between teacher training for primary education (i.e., programs for class teachers-to-be) and teacher training for secondary education (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, College Graduates, Intention, Motivation
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Burke, Mack D.; Crowder, William; Hagan-Burke, Shanna; Zou, Yuanyuan – Remedial and Special Education, 2009
Federal mandates such as No Child Left Behind and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 are prompting elementary schools to carefully monitor early literacy outcomes. The shift toward monitoring early literacy outcomes requires the identification of valid sublexical fluency measures. In the current study, sublexical…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Federal Legislation, Phonological Awareness, Disabilities
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Mercer, Sterett H.; DeRosier, Melissa E. – Journal of School Psychology, 2008
This study assessed the importance of teacher preference of individual students, relative to peer rejection and student aggression, as an independent predictor of children's emotional adjustment and grades. First, a longitudinal, cross-lagged path analysis was conducted to determine the patterns of influence among teacher preference, peer…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Social Adjustment, Emotional Adjustment, Path Analysis
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Van Deur, Penny – Gifted and Talented International, 2008
This paper reports on an assessment of knowledge of SDL in primary (elementary) South Australian school students, fifty-six of whom were assessed to be high reasoning. The goals of the study were to identify the effectiveness of teaching and assessing knowledge of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) in high reasoning students, investigate whether there…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Path Analysis
Chen, Yi-Hsin; Rendina-Gobioff, Gianna; Dedrick, Robert F. – Online Submission, 2007
Method effects associated with item wording have been explored in a variety of instruments and found that the practice of using positively- and negatively- worded items may introduce systematic measurement errors that disrupt analyses and interpretations of the results. Therefore, the first purpose in the present study was to explore if method…
Descriptors: Factor Structure, Self Concept Measures, Measures (Individuals), Path Analysis