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Greenleaf, Cynthia; Brown, Willard R. – Learning Professional, 2017
This article describes how participants in the California Teacher Inquiry Network learn the art of making their invisible thinking processes visible, helping them see more clearly that they have internal resources to help students master similar kinds of thinking processes.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Cognitive Processes
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Sciurba, Katie – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
This article combines interview data from a group of boys of color at an urban single-sex school and content analysis of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to demonstrate the complexities of readers' responses to literature. Textual relevance, or the ability to construct personal…
Descriptors: Males, Minority Group Students, Single Sex Schools, Autobiographies
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Hiebert, Elfrieda H. – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2017
Texts are a central part of reading. Yet our understandings of appropriate text features and distributions of text diets at different points in students' reading development are limited. The thesis of the essay is that, if the trajectory of struggling readers is to change, attention is needed to the features of texts and students' text diets,…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Equal Education, Morphology (Languages), Phonology
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Arya, Diana J.; Parker, Jessica K. – Dialogic Pedagogy, 2015
Global efforts to prepare young developing minds for solving current and future challenges of climate change have advocated interdisciplinary, issues-based instructional approaches in order to transform traditional models of science education as delivering conceptual facts (UNESCO, 2014). This study is an exploration of the online interactions in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Climate
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McCarthy, Kathryn S.; Guerrero, Tricia A.; Kent, Kevin M.; Allen, Laura K.; McNamara, Danielle S.; Chao, Szu-Fu; Steinberg, Jonathan; O'Reilly, Tenaha; Sabatini, John – Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2018
Background knowledge is a strong predictor of reading comprehension, yet little is known about how different types of background knowledge affect comprehension. The study investigated the impacts of both domain and topic-specific background knowledge on students' ability to comprehend and learn from science texts. High school students (n = 3,650)…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Reading Comprehension, High School Students, Pretests Posttests
McCarthy, Kathryn S.; Guerrero, Tricia A.; Kent, Kevin M.; Allen, Laura K.; McNamara, Danielle S.; Chao, Szu-Fu; Steinberg, Jonathan; O'Reilly, Tenaha; Sabatini, John – Grantee Submission, 2018
Background knowledge is a strong predictor of reading comprehension; yet little is known about how different types of background knowledge affect comprehension. The study investigated the impacts of both domain and topic-specific background knowledge on students' ability to comprehend and learn from science texts. High school students (n = 3650)…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Reading Comprehension, High School Students, Pretests Posttests
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Lafferty, Karen Elizabeth – Multicultural Perspectives, 2014
While many educators state beliefs about the importance of selecting fiction that will engage a diverse student population, use of multicultural titles in secondary classrooms has lagged, in part due to increasing focus on the Common Core State Standards in the United States. The purpose of this study was to determine if high school students in a…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, School Libraries, High School Students, School Districts
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Farver, Jo Ann M.; Xu, Yiyuan; Lonigan, Christopher J.; Eppe, Stefanie – Developmental Psychology, 2013
This study examined children's early literacy skills in both English and Spanish at entry to preschool to investigate the pattern of association among these skills and their families' home language and literacy practices. The participants were 392 primarily Latino immigrant (85%) families and their children. Mothers completed questionnaires about…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Emergent Literacy, Phonological Awareness, Oral Language
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Alamillo, Laura A.; Arenas, Rosie – Multicultural Education, 2012
This article first sets the context by recalling a study conducted by Alamillo (2004) at a California elementary school. That study examined culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy in the classroom through the use of Chicano children's literature. Both the text and the illustrations found in recent publications and the role they played…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Mexican Americans, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Childrens Literature
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MacGillivray, Laurie; Ardell, Amy Lassiter; Curwen, Margaret Sauceda – Urban Education, 2010
This article addresses the question, "How do mothers and children in a homeless shelter interact with literacy?" We drew on the theoretical framework of social literacy practices in which cultural context is foregrounded. Data for this qualitative study included participant observation in one homeless shelter and interviews with one…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Mothers, Public Libraries, Cultural Context
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Davila, Denise; Patrick, Lisa – Language Arts, 2010
Ironically, adults control most of the world of children's literature: adults write the books; adults choose which books to publish; adults review the books, adults bestow the awards on books and adults purchase the books for bookstores, libraries, and their children. In this paradigm of adult control, children's opinions are often overlooked. The…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Materials, Publishing Industry, Standardized Tests
Mahabir, Indramati Kumar – Online Submission, 2010
The purpose of this study was two-fold. It was first to find out what the educational materials needs were for children living in poverty, and second, to learn of the challenges, obstacles, and strengths by the programs already in place that were supplying educational materials to these children. This study used interviews and surveys as data…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Equal Education, Poverty, Instructional Materials
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Reese, Leslie; Thompson, Sylvia Linan; Goldenberg, Claude – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
Drawing on data from 14 communities in California and Texas, this paper examines the variability in language and literacy resources across communities with large numbers of Latino families. Spanish-speaking children live in communities that vary considerably with respect to language use, ethnic composition and education levels. Children's…
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Emergent Literacy, Spanish Speaking, Language Usage
LeDoux, Amanda – Online Submission, 2007
The Whole Language/Phonics debate has been raging in California since the 1980s. However, there has been no real determination about which method is best for teaching reading to our students. Yet the Whole Language method has lost the recognition and respect of the educational community because the program was not implemented by all teachers the…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Phonics, Emergent Literacy, Reading Instruction
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Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. – Journal of Literacy Research, 2006
This study examined the opinions of more than 300 primary teachers. The first purpose of the study was to investigate the reported frequency with which teachers used various beginning reading materials (e.g., literature, basals, workbooks, predictable text, leveled text, decodable text, and vocabulary-controlled text). The second purpose of the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Beginning Reading, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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