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Soutter, Madora – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
A mixed-methods study of a large social-emotional learning (SEL) program revealed notable disparities in the ways that teachers and students perceived the program's impact. Teachers believed the initiative empowered students, while the students themselves described the program as one that emphasized compliance. Madora Soutter summarizes her…
Descriptors: Emotional Development, Social Development, Program Implementation, Power Structure
McDonald, Joseph P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Joseph P. McDonald reports findings from a study of nine poverty-impacted schools in New York City striving to more effectively use student performance data in teaching. The study was one of 13 studies of data use at the classroom level across the United States funded by the Spencer Foundation -- an effort intended to fill a serious gap in…
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement
Faulkner, Valerie; Marshall, Patricia L.; Stiff, Lee V.; Crossland, Cathy L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teacher perceptions of student abilities can affect crucial placement decisions that, in turn, affect student opportunities to learn. The author's research shows that this is particularly the case with black students who have earned high scores on math assessments but who, on the basis of teacher judgment, have not been recommended for placement…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Misconceptions, Academic Ability, Teacher Influence
Blumenreich, Megan; Falk, Beverly – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
This article reports on a study of teachers who have engaged in systematic research about their practice. It describes the inquiries of two urban teachers into challenges and dilemmas common to many who work with diverse groups of students. The accounts presented reveal how teachers are able to construct new knowledge about teaching when they…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Educational Research, Teacher Researchers, Educational Practices
Pine, Jerome; Aschbacher, Pamela – Phi Delta Kappan, 2006
In this article the authors discuss some basic research on the inquiry abilities of elementary students and draw implications for curriculum policy and teacher professional development. In their research, they asked students to make investigations and compared the abilities of students who have had hands-on inquiry science curricula with those of…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Investigations, Science Instruction, Science Activities
Wilson, G. Pat; Martens, Prisca; Arya, Poonam; Altwerger, Bess – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Are programs that emphasize systematic phonics instruction truly superior to other types of programs for young readers, as the National Reading Panel claims? The authors conducted a study of three different programs to see what kinds of readers are actually emerging from them. Two were commercial programs that used explicit and systematic phonics…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Early Reading, Teaching Methods, Inferences