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Jordan, Rebecca Lee Payne – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The notably low level of reading proficiency across the United States, combined with the known importance of teachers for student success, necessitates improved understanding of teachers' knowledge, how it is acquired, and its role in instruction. This study had four goals: (1) identify whether domains of content knowledge and pedagogical content…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers
Mallett, Jan Davis – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Elementary education has theoretical underpinnings based on cognitive psychology. Ideas from cognitive psychologists such as James, Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky coalesce to form constructivism (Cooper, 1993; Yager, 2000; Yilmaz, 2011). Among others, the Montessori Method (1912/1964) is an exemplar of constructivism. Currently, public education in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Elementary School Students
Kramb, Amy D. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The public school system in the United States is facing severe criticism. There exists today, a constant stream of negative messages through media coverage, news articles and charter school marketing campaigns claiming the failing of the public school system specifically in the content area of mathematics. Current research exposes alarming…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Grade 3, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics
Winget, Cheryl McCowan – ProQuest LLC, 2013
When considering the most discernible indicator of dyslexia, most researchers have agreed that phonological awareness is perhaps the most pertinent sign (Gillon, 2004; Hallahan & Kauffman, 2006; Lyon, Shaywitz, & Shaywitz, 2003). However, is this true in languages other than English? How does orthography affect phonological…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Phonological Awareness, Comparative Analysis, Grade 3
Chen, Ching-I – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The Taiwanese early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) system is modeled after the federal legislation and practices of the U.S., incorporating specific cultural beliefs in Taiwan. Nonetheless, in EI/ECSE assessments, several challenges are presented, including: (a) limited resources and funding, (b) lack of reliable and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Intervention
Jeong, Hyunjeong – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The educational practice known as inclusion, which is based on values of equal opportunity and diversity, enables students with disabilities to attend the same general education classes as typically developing peers. Inclusion is a legal requirement in the United States and South Korea, but factors facilitating inclusion likely differ across…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Hartman, Genevieve L. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The primary aim of this study was to investigate the effects of two video-based interventions, one guided, the other non-guided, on pre-service early childhood education teachers' understanding of students' mathematical thinking. Five web-based lessons on various topics in children's mathematical development were created for this study. Each…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Video Technology, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers
Progar, Michelle – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Social competency gained in early childhood influences numerous domains of a child's life throughout the lifespan. Since the preschool years are a time when children begin forming friendships with peers and may be exposed to a classroom setting for the first time, developing social competency is imperative for functioning well with the many people…
Descriptors: Social Development, Early Childhood Education, Parent Education, Early Experience
Alexander, Julia – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study is to examine the role of center-based care and children's school readiness in predicting their first and third grade reading and mathematics achievement. Predictions derived from an opportunity-propensity theoretical framework applied to data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Class of 1998-99. …
Descriptors: School Readiness, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Skills
Popplewell, Susan G. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study examined the presence, allocation, and quality of multicultural content found within 17 textbooks assigned to preservice teachers for early childhood education specialization courses at a large regional university in Oklahoma. A mixed-methods content analysis was conducted to assess the depth, breadth and instructional relevance of 58…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Multicultural Education, Early Childhood Education, Specialization
Robins, Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The study investigated the divergence in beginning reading methods between the United States (US) and England from 1998 to 2010. Researchers, policy makers, and publishers were interviewed to explore their knowledge and perceptions concerning how literacy policy was determined. The first three of twelve findings showed that despite the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Phonics, Beginning Reading, Foreign Countries
Crump, Tracy Lynn – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In order for children to receive the best in quality care, early childhood teachers must have a deep understanding of child development and developmentally appropriate teaching methodologies that can only be acquired through accessible and sustainable professional development. This type of professional development for many students comes in the…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Education Courses, Student Attitudes, Early Childhood Education
Williams, Angela – ProQuest LLC, 2010
All public schools in the United States have been caught up in educational reform. This has especially been true since the 1980's. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was a major component in how schools have changed the process of educating students. In response to reform efforts, many schools have relied on their own knowledge to achieve higher…
Descriptors: National Standards, Educational Change, Tutors, Tutoring
Cox, Kathy M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this case study was to identify the actions taken by public school districts to develop, implement, and maintain inclusive preschool programs. Further, this study compared the inclusive preschools' main components to the components identified by Buysse et al. (2001) and the components recommended by the Division of Early…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Team Training, Disabilities, Preschool Children
Ganey, Terri L. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In the United States, effective reading instruction has been a research priority from the federal to the local level. There is increased awareness on early literacy instruction in high-quality early childhood environments, with specific focus on advanced teacher preparation and professional development for early childhood educators. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Social Change, Kindergarten, Professional Development
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