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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2018
Engaging with materials can shape the teaching experience, teachers' practices and mindsets, and, ultimately, students' learning experiences. This issue of "Learning Professional" looks at an area of emerging interest: curriculum materials and the role they play in the daily work of educators and leaders. Educators, researchers, and…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Instructional Material Evaluation, Media Selection, Teaching Guides
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Sherman, Steven J.; Shehane, Ronald F.; Todd, Dewey W. – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2018
Colleges are increasingly offering online courses, including computer programming courses for business school students. Programming languages that are most useful to students are those that are widely used in the job market. However, the most popular computer languages change at least every three years. Therefore, the language used for instruction…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Online Courses, Computer Science Education, Business Administration Education
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Despite their widespread use, there is little academic evidence on whether applicant selection instruments can improve teacher hiring. We examine the relationship between two screening instruments used by Spokane Public Schools to select classroom teachers and three teacher outcomes: value added, absences, and attrition. We observe all applicants…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Admission (School), Public Schools, Selection Tools
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Sikkens, Elga; van San, Marion; Sieckelinck, Stijn; Boeije, Hennie; de Winter, Micha – Field Methods, 2017
Social media are useful facilitators when recruiting hidden populations for research. In our research on youth and radicalization, we were able to find and contact young people with extreme ideals through Facebook. In this article, we discuss our experiences using Facebook as a tool for finding respondents who do not trust researchers. Facebook…
Descriptors: Social Media, Qualitative Research, Participant Characteristics, Recruitment
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Joyce, Ted; Remler, Dahlia K.; Jaeger, David A.; Altindag, Onur; O'Connell, Stephen D.; Crockett, Sean – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2017
Randomized experiments provide unbiased estimates of treatment effects, but are costly and time consuming. We demonstrate how a randomized experiment can be leveraged to measure selection bias by conducting a subsequent observational study that is identical in every way except that subjects choose their treatment--a quasi-doubly randomized…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Quasiexperimental Design, Selection Criteria, Selection Tools
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Showalter, Daniel A.; Mullet, Luke B. – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2017
Selection bias is a persistent, and often hidden, problem in educational research. It is the primary obstacle standing in between increasingly available large education datasets and the ability to make valid causal inferences to inform policymaking, research, and practice (Stuart, 2010). This article provides an accessible discussion on the…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Selection Criteria, Selection Tools, Bias
Fink, Arlene – Sage Publications Ltd (CA), 2016
Packed with new topics that reflect today's challenges, the Sixth Edition of the bestselling "How to Conduct Surveys" guides readers through the process of developing their own rigorous surveys and evaluating the credibility and transparency of surveys created by others. Offering practical, step-by-step advice and written in the same…
Descriptors: Surveys, Guides, Research Methodology, Test Construction
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Huang, Wei-Ting – International Education Studies, 2016
Recently, considerable concern has arisen over the complex financial markets, which are inclined to require more individual responsibility. Accordingly, students have to bear more responsibility for their financial management. Nevertheless, in a sluggish economy with high unemployment, the commercial events during the last decade have rendered the…
Descriptors: College Students, Money Management, Financial Services, Selection Criteria
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Stange, Mathew; Smyth, Jolene D.; Olson, Kristen – Field Methods, 2016
Although researchers can easily select probability samples of addresses using the U.S. Postal Service's Delivery Sequence File, randomly selecting respondents within households for surveys remains challenging. Researchers often place within-household selection instructions, such as the next or last birthday methods, in survey cover letters to…
Descriptors: Mail Surveys, Research Methodology, Family (Sociological Unit), Community Surveys
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Yettick, Holly – Urban Education, 2016
If school choice programs are to provide any degree of equitable access to educational opportunities, then useful information about academic quality needs to be available to all participants, not just those who hob knob with the school board members or chat with the superintendent over the backyard fence. This study draws upon a unique data set to…
Descriptors: School Choice, Information Utilization, Educational Quality, Information Sources
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
It is well documented that teachers can have profound effects on student outcomes. Empirical estimates find that a one standard deviation increase in teacher quality raises student test achievement by 10 to 25 percent of a standard deviation. More recent evidence shows that the effectiveness of teachers can affect long-term student outcomes, such…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Teacher Selection, Selection Tools, Scoring Rubrics
Perry, Rebecca R.; Seago, Nanette M.; Burr, Elizabeth; Broek, Marie; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2015
Math in Common┬« (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. This research brief explores how best to select or develop and use classroom observation systems in order to document instructional shifts and…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Instructional Innovation
Presser, Ashley Lewis; Busey, Amy – Education Development Center, Inc., 2016
This research brief describes the value of using mobile technologies in and out of elementary mathematics classrooms, and investigates the view that teachers may not be getting the guidance they need to best leverage those technologies. The authors explore three areas of concern: How can teachers use technology in developmentally appropriate ways…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education
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Simon, Jason C. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2014
This article alerts academic libraries to some of the methods for purchasing electronic books (e-books) and notes that, while they are similar to the models used for journal-evaluation purposes, there are a number of factors important to consider that are different for e-books. Simon notes that, while theoretically there should be some advantages…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Books, Academic Libraries, Purchasing
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Lin, Teng-Chiao; Ho, Hui-Ping; Chang, Ching-Ter – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2014
With the widespread use of the Internet, adopting e-learning systems in courses has gradually become more and more important in universities in Taiwan. However, because of limitations of teachers' time, selecting suitable online IT tools has become very important. This study proposes an analytic hierarchy process (AHP)-multi-choice goal…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Information Technology, Evaluation Methods
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