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Marshman, Margaret – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2015
Middle Years students often do not see mathematics as useful. Authentic and real mathematics tasks and artefacts are frequently advocated as arresting this situation. However, often such experiences are contrived and lack authenticity. This paper reports on how a group of Middle Years students used mathematics and technology to engage in a real…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Adolescents, Case Studies, Journal Writing
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Courtney, Jean – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
This article describes in some detail aspects of the Student Voice initiative funded and championed by Ontario's Ministry of Education since 2008. The project enables thousands of students to make their voices heard in meaningful ways and to participate in student-led research. Some students from grades 7 to 12 become members of the Student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Advisory Committees, Educational Administration
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Heineke, Amy J.; Cameron, Quanna – Education and Urban Society, 2013
This qualitative study explored Teach for America (TFA) alumni teachers' discourse on Arizona language policy, conducted with eight teachers in the Phoenix metropolitan area who received their professional teacher preparation from TFA, a national organization that uses alternative paths to certification to place teachers in low-income schools.…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, State Policy, Alternative Teacher Certification, Disadvantaged Schools
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Tarchi, Christian – Learning and Individual Differences, 2010
Text comprehension plays a fundamental role in the processes of acquisition, sharing, and construction of knowledge. Most definitions share the focus on the interaction between text and reader's prior knowledge. In this paper both direct and indirect effects of prior knowledge on reading comprehension have been analyzed, along with other…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Policy Formation, Prior Learning, Inferences
Zaff, Jonathon F.; Malanchuk, Oksana; Michelsen, Erik; Eccles, Jacquelynne – Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), 2003
Researchers have theorized that programs to promote positive citizenship should begin with an opportunity for adolescents to participate in civic activities, such as community service or political volunteering. In this report, authors expand this theoretical perspective by arguing that programs to promote positive citizenship may need to begin by…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Environment, Public Policy, Cultural Context