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Topping, K. J.; Samuels, J.; Paul, T. – British Educational Research Journal, 2008
To explore whether different balances of fiction/non-fiction reading and challenge might help explain differences in reading achievement between genders, data on 45,670 pupils who independently read over 3 million books were analysed. Moderate (rather than high or low) levels of challenge were positively associated with achievement gain, but…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Gender Differences
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Woods, Peter – British Educational Research Journal, 1993
Describes the significance of life histories, or autobiographies, in teacher education and professional development. Reports on the case study of a British teacher who realized that his educational philosophy was rooted in childhood experiences divided between formal schooling and a natural world of real learning. (CFR)
Descriptors: Biographies, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education, Family History