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Al-Nofli, Mohammed Abdullah – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2014
Very few studies have been conducted on students' definitions of geography. The purpose of the present study was to add to the existing literature by exploring Omani students' definitions of geography. Participants were 477 students of grade 6 (ages 11-12) and grade 10 (ages 15-16) in one school district in Oman. They had been taught geography…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Geography, Map Skills
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Simmons, Catharine Ann – Ethnography and Education, 2014
This article explores how ethnography allows for an understanding of the way children are empowered through the use of popular culture during sociodramatic play. The study discussed was conducted in an inner-city Primary school in regional New South Wales, Australia. The participants were a composite fifth-to-sixth grade class, and the research…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Drama, Humor, Teaching Methods
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Hein, Sascha; Tan, Mei; Aljughaiman, Abdullah; Grigorenko, Elena L. – High Ability Studies, 2014
This study investigates factors in the home environment and their influence on children's analytical, creative, and practical skills. A sample of 294 gifted children (195 male) was recruited from grades 4-7 in Saudi Arabia, where the family context is highly influenced by the principles of Islam. Results did not confirm the effect of birth order,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gifted, Children, Family Environment
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Toste, Jessica R.; Bloom, Elana L.; Heath, Nancy L. – Journal of Special Education, 2014
Although quality of the teacher-student relationship contributes to school adjustment, students who experience difficulties appear to be least likely to benefit from positive interactions with their teachers. It was of interest to explore a broadened conceptualization of teacher-student relationship that considers both emotional connection and…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Teacher Student Relationship, Cooperation, Comparative Analysis
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Lenhart, Clare M.; Patterson, Freda; Brown, Michael D.; O'Brien, Matthew J.; Nelson, Deborah B. – American Journal of Health Education, 2014
Background: Insufficient physical activity among urban youth increases risk of chronic disease.Purpose:This study assessed reported physical activity to determine when disparities in participation emerge and what ecologically guided factors are linked with high activity. Methods:We administered a cross-sectional survey to a diverse sample of 321…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Risk, Student Surveys
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Malandrakis, Georgios; Chatzakis, Stergios – Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2014
In this study the environmental attitudes, knowledge, and alternative conceptions of 281 primary school children from 5th and 6th grade, ages 10-12 years were explored. Low knowledge scores, indicate a substantial lack of knowledge on basic environmental issues, while attitude scores were relatively high. Children's environmental attitudes and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Concept Formation, Student Attitudes
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Grissmer, David W.; Ober, David R.; Beekman, John A. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2014
The short-term emphasis engendered by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has focused research predominantly on unraveling the complexities and uncertainties in assessing short-term results, rather than developing methods and assessing results over the longer term. In this paper we focus on estimating long-term gains and address questions important to…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Achievement Gains, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Ulmanen, Sanna; Soini, Tiina; Pyhältö, Kirsi; Pietarinen, Janne – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2014
This study explores strategies students use to construct their academic engagement in the social environment of school. The study is based on group interview data collected from 161 sixth (78) and eighth (83) grade students. Students reflected both engaging and disengaging episodes. Data were content analysed. The results show that students…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Educational Environment, Social Environment, Grade 6
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Susinos, Teresa; Haya, Ignacio – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2014
This article describes a case study that is part of a broader research project in which schools set up processes of school improvement inspired by the proposals put forward by students. The project furthers the initiatives of the student voice movement and seeks to implement more participative pedagogical models. This as a whole represents a novel…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Participation
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Thurston, Allen – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2014
This article presents a critical review of the literature surrounding the potential impact of undiagnosed and untreated vision impairment on reading development in the early years of primary school. Despite pre-school screening programmes, it is still possible for children to enter school with undiagnosed, uncorrected vision impairments. This can…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Clinical Diagnosis, Reading Skills, Young Children
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Ockerman, Melissa S.; Kramer, Constance; Bruno, Michelle – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
Bullying and cyberbullying continue to be major problems in today's schools and topics of heightened public concern. This pilot study aimed to increase the knowledge base concerning bullying and cyberbullying, to explore the relationship between traditional bullying and cyberbullying, and to solicit information on the prevalence rates of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Prevention, Intervention, Bullying
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Garcia-Mila, Merce; Marti, Eduard; Gilabert, Sandra; Castells, Marina – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2014
Studies that consider the displays that students create to organize data are not common in the literature. This article compares fifth through eighth graders' difficulties with the creation of bar graphs using either raw data (Study 1, n = 155) or a provided table (Study 2, n = 152). Data in Study 1 showed statistical differences for the type of…
Descriptors: Graphs, Problems, Data Interpretation, Comparative Analysis
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Wright, Michelle F. – Journal of School Violence, 2014
As adolescents become increasingly immersed in electronic technologies, popular adolescents may act in similar ways online as they do offline. This longitudinal study employed peer nominations and self-reports to examine perceived popularity and social preference in relation to cyber social behaviors among 256 adolescents during the fall (T1) and…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Adolescents, Peer Relationship
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Kan, Adnan; Bulut, Okan – International Journal of Testing, 2014
This study investigated whether the linguistic complexity of items leads to gender differential item functioning (DIF) on mathematics assessments. Two forms of a mathematics test were developed. The first form consisted of algebra items based on mathematical expressions, terms, and equations. In the second form, the same items were written as word…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Test Bias, Difficulty Level, Test Items
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Kirby, Sarah D.; Chilcote, Amy G. – Journal of Extension, 2014
This article describes the Energy Transformation 4-H school enrichment curriculum. The curriculum addresses energy efficiency and conservation while meeting sixth-grade science essential standards requirements. Through experiential learning, including building and testing a model home, youth learn the relationship between various technologies and…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Youth Programs, Energy Education
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