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Cooper, Sandi; Nesmith, Suzanne – Action in Teacher Education, 2013
Although the importance of field experience is supported and attended to by teacher education programs across the United States, there have been numerous national reports and research findings stressing the need for major improvements in the preparation of teachers with an emphasis on more authentic experiences. Quality field experiences have the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Miele, David B.; Son, Lisa K.; Metcalfe, Janet – Child Development, 2013
Recent studies have shown that the metacognitive judgments adults infer from their experiences of encoding effort vary in accordance with their naive theories of intelligence. To determine whether this finding extends to elementary schoolchildren, a study was conducted in which 27 third graders (M[subscript age] = 8.27) and 24 fifth graders…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Evaluative Thinking, Intelligence, Elementary School Students
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D'Ardenne, Charna; Barnes, Debra G.; Hightower, Elaine S.; Lamason, Pamela R.; Mason, Mary; Patterson, Paula C.; Stephens, Nancy; Wilson, Carolyn E.; Smith, Vickie H.; Erickson, Karen A. – Reading Teacher, 2013
A group of elementary school reading teachers used their time in a Professional Learning Community to develop a systematic intervention to address the needs of struggling readers in grades 3 to 5. Working as a team, they identified a collection of books that was culturally diverse, high interest, appealing to boys and girls, aligned with…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Reading Difficulties, Communities of Practice
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Horton, Jessica; Friedenstab, Steve – Science and Children, 2013
This article describes a special third-grade classroom unit based on the reality show "Survivor." The goal of this engaging and interactive unit was to teach students about physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive in various desert biomes. The activity combines research, argument, and puppet play over one week of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Animals
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Bliss, Angela; Bell, Elizabeth; Spence, Lundie – Science and Children, 2013
Oranges, flying disks, pool noodles, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe may seem like items discarded after a Rube Goldberg experiment, but in fact, these objects were used in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This article describes a project in which The Center of Ocean Sciences Education Excellence SouthEast (COSEE SE)…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Hutchison, Paul – Science and Children, 2013
Children understand the natural world in ways that make sense to them before they learn any science in school. This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching. This month's issue helps students connect scientifically correct ideas to what makes sense to them.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Relevance (Education), Misconceptions
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Creghan, Kathleen Adair; Creghan, Casey – Science and Children, 2013
Nothing satisfies a teacher more than seeing a smile of delight on students' faces when they turn over their test paper to reveal a successful score. In today's world of standardized testing, some elementary science teachers may struggle to help students move from active engagement in hands-on science experiences to high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Science Achievement, Achievement Gains
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Harbin, Joy; Newton, Jodi – Education, 2013
This study of elementary mathematics teachers is intended to determine if the perceptions, beliefs, and experiences of mathematics teachers in elementary school align with their teaching practices in mathematics. Research included observations, reflections, and interviews with a purposefully selected group of elementary teachers representing upper…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Denham, André R. – International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2013
Formative instruction on multiplication primarily focuses on rote memorization. This leads to factual fluency, but also develops a narrow view of multiplication and hinders the development of conceptual understanding. Theory and research recommend the concurrent development of conceptual understanding and factual fluency during the initial stages…
Descriptors: Multiplication, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Games, Educational Games
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Agoston, Anna M.; Rudolph, Karen D. – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2013
This research examined two pathways through which depressive symptoms contribute to low social status (i.e., neglect and rejection) within the peer group over time: (a) depressive symptoms promote socially helpless behavior and consequent neglect by peers; and (b) depressive symptoms promote aggressive behavior and consequent rejection by peers.…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Early Adolescents, Social Status, Peer Groups
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Anderson, Alida; Lin, Candise Y.; Wang, Min – Dyslexia, 2013
Children with reading disability and normal reading development were compared in their ability to discriminate native (English) and novel language (Mandarin) from nonlinguistic sounds. Children's preference for native versus novel language sounds and for disyllables containing dominant trochaic versus non-dominant iambic stress patterns was also…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Monolingualism, Novels, Grade 3
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Norton, Anderson; Boyce, Steven – Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to illustrate cognitive challenges introduced by Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (2010) with regard to conceptualizing fractions. We focus on a strand of standards that appear across grades three through five, which is best represented in grade four, by standard 4.NF.4a: "[Students should] understand a…
Descriptors: State Standards, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Grade 6
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Stephens, Ana C.; Knuth, Eric J.; Blanton, Maria L.; Isler, Isil; Gardiner, Angela Murphy; Marum, Tim – Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 2013
This paper reports results from a written assessment given to 290 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students prior to any instructional intervention. We share and discuss students' responses to items addressing their understanding of equation structure and the meaning of the equal sign. We found that many students held an operational conception of…
Descriptors: Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Elementary School Students, Grade 5
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Sack, Jacqueline J. – Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 2013
This article explicates the development of top-view numeric coding of 3-D cube structures within a design research project focused on 3-D visualization skills for elementary grades children. It describes children's conceptual development of 3-D cube structures using concrete models, conventional 2-D pictures and abstract top-view numeric…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Research Projects, Computer Interfaces
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Throndsen, Inger; Turmo, Are – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2013
Primary mathematics teachers' (N = 521) personal goal orientation and instructional practices were examined based on questionnaire responses. The teachers (grades 2 and 3) were oriented towards mastery goals and mastery approaches to instruction, and reported high teaching efficacy. Strong positive relation between performance orientation and…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Grade 2
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