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Guo, Ying; Sun, Shuyan; Breit-Smith, Allison; Morrison, Frederick J.; Connor, Carol McDonald – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
Using data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, this study examined the cross-lagged relations between behavioral engagement and reading achievement in elementary school and whether these cross-lagged relations differed between low-socioeconomic status (SES) and mid-…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Learner Engagement, Student Behavior, Reading Achievement
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Terry, Nicole Patton; Connor, Carol McDonald; Petscher, Yaacov; Conlin, Catherine Ross – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2012
Purpose: In this study, we examined (a) whether children who spoke Nonmainstream American English (NMAE) frequently in school at the beginning of 1st grade increased their use of Mainstream American English (MAE) through the end of 2nd grade, and whether increasing MAE use was associated with (b) language and reading skills and school context and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Oral Language, Reading Achievement, Educational Practices
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Connor, Carol McDonald; Ponitz, Claire Cameron; Phillips, Beth M.; Travis, Q. Monet; Glasney, Stephanie; Morrison, Frederick J. – Journal of School Psychology, 2010
We examined the effect of individualizing student instruction (ISI; N = 445 students, 46 classrooms) on first graders' self-regulation gains compared to a business-as-usual control group. Self-regulation, conceptualized as a constellation of executive skills, was positively associated with academic development. We hypothesized that the ISI…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Control Groups, Intervention, Grade 1
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Terry, Nicole Patton; Connor, Carol McDonald; Thomas-Tate, Shurita; Love, Michael – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2010
Purpose: This study examined relationships between the use of nonmainstream American English dialects, literacy skills, and school environment among typically developing first graders (n = 617), of whom 48% were African American and 52% were White, in order to describe and better understand the difficulties many children from linguistically…
Descriptors: Dialects, Academic Achievement, Phonological Awareness, Literacy
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Piasta, Shayne B.; Connor, Carol McDonald; Fishman, Barry J.; Morrison, Frederick J. – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2009
We examined the relations of teacher knowledge (n = 42 first-grade teachers), explicit decoding instruction provided, and students' (n = 437) word-reading gains. Results revealed an interaction between teacher knowledge and observed decoding instruction: For students of more knowledgeable teachers, more time in explicit instruction predicted…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Decoding (Reading), Elementary School Teachers, Grade 1