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Chapman, Elaine – 2003
This Digest defines student engagement and describes various methods used to measure it, both in empirical research studies and at the classroom level. Student engagement has been defined in various ways, but it is evident that students who are engaged show sustained behavioral involvement in learning activities accompanied by a positive emotional…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques
Schwartz, Wendy – 1999
To help guide family literacy program developers in shaping their curriculum, and educators and community leaders in creating independent parenting programs, this digest describes the parenting education component of successful urban programs. In general, family literacy programs have three basic components: adult education, parenting education,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Literacy Education
Huling, Leslie; Resta, Virginia – 2001
Teacher mentoring programs have increased dramatically since the early 1980s as a vehicle to support and retain novice teachers. However, researchers and facilitators of mentoring programs are recognizing that mentors also derive substantial benefits from the mentoring experience. This digest examines research on how mentoring contributes to the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
Brophy, Jere – 1998
Students exhibiting failure syndrome approach assignments with low expectations of success and tend to give up at early signs of difficulty. This Digest delineates the nature of failure syndrome, suggests strategies for coping with failure syndrome students, and discusses how teachers can help. Some students, especially in the early grades, show…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Achievement, Attribution Theory, Behavior Modification
Brownell, Mary – 1997
This digest discusses why special education teachers may become stressed by role overload and lack of autonomy, and presents strategies for successfully managing stresses related to teaching. Strategies include: (1) setting realistic expectations; (2) making distinctions between job and personal life; (3) finding ways to exercise professional…
Descriptors: Coping, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation
Romo, Harriett D. – 1998
Leaving school early has a dramatic impact on Hispanic girls, because Latinas face greater barriers than males when seeking high-wage jobs and opportunities in postsecondary education. This Digest examines how gender roles, families, schools, and friends influence Latinas in their education and career decisions, and outlines practical dropout…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Dropout Prevention, Family Influence, Females
Johnson, David W.; And Others – 1992
This ERIC digest looks at how college faculty can use cooperative learning principles to ensure that students actively create their own knowledge and work together to achieve shared learning goals. The first section describes cooperative learning and recommends training professors to apply an overall system to build cooperative activities,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities
Wehmeyer, Michael – 2002
This digest discusses promoting self-determination in students with disabilities. It begins by describing self-determination and explains why self-determination is important for these students. Teaching strategies are then provided for students at the elementary and secondary levels. For students in early elementary grades, educators are urged to…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Problem Solving