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Eckhoff, Angela – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
This article documents a collaborative project involving preservice early childhood education students' development of inquiry-based learning experiences alongside kindergarten students within a science methods course. To document this project, I utilized a multiple methods approach and data included classroom observations, transcripts from lesson…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Methods Courses
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
This longitudinal study examined the extent to which teachers' participation in a 3-year professional development program enhanced their self-efficacy and prompted changes in science instruction in the early elementary grades. The study used a mixed-methods design, and included 39 teachers who taught in kindergarten, first grade, or second…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Faculty Development, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study investigated the extent to which teacher professional development led to changes in science instruction in K-2 classrooms in rural school districts. The research specifically examined changes in (a) teachers' content knowledge in science; (b) teachers' self-efficacy related to teaching science; (c) classroom instructional time allotted…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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Doabler, Christian; Clarke, Ben; Smolkowski, Keith; Fien, Hank; Baker, Scott – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM, 2010) in 46 states has raised the mathematical proficiency bar for U.S. students. The advent of these new standards is at a time when the body of empirical evidence on the negative consequences of early and persistent difficulties in mathematics is clear, compelling, and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Education, Intervention, Mathematics Achievement
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Kim, Kyung Hee; VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Bracken, Bruce A.; Feng, Annie; Stambaugh, Tamra – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
Project Clarion, a Jacob K. Javits-funded project, focused on the scale-up of primary-grade science curricula. Curriculum units, based on an Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM), were developed for high-ability learners, but tried out with all students in Title I settings to study the efficacy of the units with all learners. The units focus on the…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Standardized Tests
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Meyer, Lori E.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M.; Yu, SeonYeong; Favazza, Paddy C.; Mouzourou, Chryso; van Luling, Lisa; Park, Hyejin – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
Teachers often recommend that families engage their children in shared book reading to support literacy learning at home. When teachers purposefully provide families with home literacy activities there are benefits for everyone involved. The purpose of this article is to report the findings of a study that examined parental participation and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Learning Centers (Classroom), Parent Participation, Parent Attitudes
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Baker, Dale – Theory Into Practice, 2013
This article identifies instructional strategies, curricula, and organizational structures in the research literature that have been successful in encouraging girls' participation and achievement in science: science instruction in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, relevant curricula that address girls' interests and provide…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Science Interests, Females, Student Participation
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Mantzicopoulos, Panayota; Patrick, Helen; Samarapungavan, Ala – Cognition and Instruction, 2013
We examined science learning and motivation outcomes as a function of children's participation in the classroom and classroom-plus-home components of the Scientific Literacy Project (SLP). The sample was comprised of kindergarten children in 4 low income, neighboring schools. Children in Schools 1 and 2 (n = 120) participated in the SLP science…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Learning Motivation, Kindergarten, Science Instruction
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Shanahan, Therese; Shea, Lauren M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
English learners are faced with the dual challenge of acquiring English while learning academic content through the medium of the new language (Lee et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 45(6):726-747, 2008; Stoddart et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 39(8):664-687, 2002) and therefore need specific accommodations to achieve in both English and the content areas.…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Professional Development
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Giallousi, Maria; Tselfes, Vasilis; Gialamas, Vasilis – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to evaluate teaching effectiveness in an elective science course, in the Early Childhood Education Department of Athens University in Greece. For this, a sequential mixed research design was applied to investigate freshmen beliefs about the effectiveness of their future teaching in kindergarten. An enhancement and a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Self Efficacy, Early Childhood Education
Clarke, Ben; Baker, Scott K.; Smolkowski, Keith; Fien, Hank; Doabler, Chris; Cary, Mari Strand; Chard, David – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
The purpose of this study, funded by the "Institute for Education Sciences" under the "Mathematics and Science Education" topic, was to test the efficacy of a Tier 2 intervention curriculum, "ROOTS", when implemented under rigorous experimental conditions. In this study all classrooms implemented a validated Tier 1…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, At Risk Students, Intervention, Core Curriculum
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Emmons, Natalie; Smith, Hayley; Kelemen, Deborah – Early Education and Development, 2016
Research Findings: Educational guidelines recommend a delayed, piecemeal approach to instruction on adaptation by natural selection. This approach is questionable given suggestions that older students' pervasive misunderstandings about adaptation are rooted in cognitive biases that develop early. In response to this, Kelemen et al. (2014) recently…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evolution, Picture Books, Young Children
Pracana, Clara, Ed. – Online Submission, 2014
We are delighted to welcome you to the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2014, taking place in Porto, Portugal, from 4 to 6 of April. Psychology, in our time, offers a large range of scientific fields where it can be applied. The goal of understanding individuals and groups (mental functions and behavioral…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Prevention
Civetelli, Christina – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examined dimensions of treatment integrity, specifically program differentiation, within the context of a kindergarten reading intervention study. The study explored the relationship between program differentiation and student outcomes. The study was conducted within the context of Project Early Reading Intervention (ERI), a four-year…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Intervention, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Pinderhughes, Ellen E.; Hurley, Sean – Applied Developmental Science, 2008
This article reports on analyses examining contextual influences on parenting with an ethnically and geographically diverse sample of parents (predominantly mothers) raising 387 children (49% ethnic minority; 51% male) in high-risk communities. Parents and children were followed longitudinally from first through tenth grades. Contextual influences…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Cultural Influences, At Risk Persons, Context Effect
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