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Gersten, Russell – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2016
Each of the five articles in this special issue gets "into the weeds" in terms of studying actual classroom or school implementation of evidence-based or promising practices. Virtually all confront the issue of logistics and establishing an infrastructure for ensuring adequate implementation. In general, those studies that ask teachers…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Evidence Based Practice, Adolescents, Literacy
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Gersten, Russell – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
In this commentary, the author reflects on four studies that have greatly expanded the knowledge base on effective interventions in mathematics, and he provides four rigorous experimental studies of approaches for students likely to experience difficulties learning mathematics over a large grade-level span (pre-K to 4th grade). All of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Preschool Education, Intervention
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Gersten, Russell; Dimino, Joseph – Learning Disabilities: Research & Practice, 2001
This article synthesizes key findings to facilitate the translation of research into classroom practice and provides guidelines for how effective instructional practices might be implemented, supported, and sustained in schools. Excerpts from a case study are presented to show how research-based instructional approaches translate into classroom…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Classroom Techniques
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Gersten, Russell; Chard, David; Baker, Scott – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2000
This article reviews key findings from school-reform studies of the 1980s on sustained use of effective teacher practices in the classroom and explains their relevance to special education. Recent findings are also highlighted and unresolved issues are identified. An appendix lists sustainability factors and issues. (Contains references.)…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Disabilities, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices
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Gersten, Russell – Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 2005
This article is intended to supplement a published research report (Gersten, Baker, Smith-Johnson, Dimino, & Peterson, in press) on an instructional intervention study by discussing some of the behind-the-scenes issues that typically do not appear in a published research report. In particular, I discuss how use of design experiments helped shape…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Reports, Intervention, Experimental Curriculum
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Gersten, Russell – Elementary School Journal, 1996
Notes the great demand for information on promising practices for teaching language-minority students. Introduces the succeeding articles in this issue, noting how all the authors argue for the need to pull together what is known about effective teaching, second-language acquisition, applied cognitive research, and cross-cultural communication…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Language Research
Gersten, Russell; Lloyd, John Wills; Baker, Scott – 1998
This paper, a result of a series of meetings of researchers, discusses critical issues related to the conduct of high-quality intervention research in special education using experimental and quasi-experimental designs that compare outcomes for different groups of students. It stresses the need to balance design components that satisfy laboratory…
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gersten, Russell – Remedial and Special Education (RASE), 1990
In response to Borko and others (EC 233 123), this article considers implications for collaborative efforts between special educators and classroom teachers. Three themes are pursued: the evolution of a shared language between special and general education, the nature of expertise and methods for sharing expertise, and the nature of the change…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Disabilities, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gersten, Russell; Smith-Johnson, Joyce – Learning Disability Quarterly, 2000
This introductory commentary discusses the following articles on studies that used in-depth case studies of students with learning disabilities to document individuals' progress over time, as well as the relationship between reading and writing instruction and students' development of self-regulation. The benefits of qualitative research are…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Exceptional Child Research, Instructional Effectiveness
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Gersten, Russell – Exceptional Children, 1992
This commentary on a paper by L. Heshusius (EC 600 327) describes key ideas of direct instruction and reflects on the original paper from a perspective that incorporates the realities of classrooms. The commentary calls for serious, systematic inquiry that explores instructional environments for special education students using constructs from…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Gersten, Russell; And Others – Journal of Special Education, 1997
Four researchers (Gersten, Vaughn, Jenkins, and Downing) respond to a review in the same issue by Hunt and Goetz entitled "Research on Inclusive Educational Programs, Practices, and Outcomes for Students with Severe Disabilities." Respondents generally support the review, but raise concerns about placement of students with severe disabilities…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Instructional Effectiveness
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Chard, David; Gersten, Russell – Journal of Special Education, 1999
Examines the concept of number sense in mathematics learning, compares this concept to that of phonological awareness in reading, and urges application of existing research to improving mathematics instruction for students with mathematical disabilities. Reviews research on building automaticity with basic facts, adjusting instruction to address…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Dyscalculia
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Gersten, Russell – Learning Disabilities: Research & Practice, 2001
This essay begins by discussing the current cynicism regarding the usefulness of research-based strategies in the field of education. Using examples of high-quality research that utilizes diverse methodologies, a framework is presented for thinking about various types of research and their implications. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Methodology
Gersten, Russell; Carnine, Douglas – 1981
An attempt to identify methods of human resource management that emerge as schools and classrooms become more effective, this literature review emphasizes the importance of administrator "support functions," which include feedback to teachers, monitoring of teacher and student performance, incentives for teachers, and visible commitment…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Change
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Gersten, Russell – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 1991
The observational study of effective instructional processes in kindergarten by DeVries and others is critiqued. It is maintained that (1) the study takes a narrow approach to constructivism that does not reflect current thinking; (2) there are flaws in the coding system used; and (3) the understanding of instructional issues involving minority…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Classroom Environment, Coding, Evaluation Criteria