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Brenner, Philip S.; Buskirk, Trent D. – Field Methods, 2022
We tested a novel extension to mailed invitations to a web-push survey, using a postcard invitation to deliver a scratch-off giftcode incentive similar to an instant-win lottery ticket. Scratch-off postcards were included as one of five conditions in randomized survey experiment varying two mailing types (letter and postcard) and three incentive…
Descriptors: Incentives, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Cost Effectiveness, Letters (Correspondence)
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene; Lant, Fay – National Literacy Trust, 2021
The National Literacy Trust's 2018 report on letter writing highlighted the enduring appeal of writing letters to connect people. Many children and young people also said that they write letters to make the person they are writing to happy. This has never been truer now. This report of responses to a survey from early 2021 shows that children and…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Letters (Correspondence), Writing Skills
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Lee, Trisha – Schools: Studies in Education, 2021
"Pieces of Magic" is a letter examining the three coincidences that resulted in a 20-year friendship between UK-based Trisha Lee (author of Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories) and Chicago-based Vivian Gussin Paley. From letters to meeting face to face in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Trisha talks about the many…
Descriptors: Teachers, Teaching Methods, Letters (Correspondence), Friendship
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Huang, Yu-ching – Schools: Studies in Education, 2021
This article shares four dialogues with Vivian Gussin Paley to show how the author embarked on a journey of "writing, thinking, and teaching" with Mrs. Paley. Their journey started with the author sharing stories about students in her classroom through written correspondence with Mrs. Paley. In the process of writing and thinking, the…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Play, Early Childhood Education, Story Telling
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Okello, Wilson Kwamogi; Quaye, Stephen John; Satterwhite, Erin M. – International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 2022
Letters enable writers to convey potentially difficult information in creative ways that are different from academic writing conventions. The subject of this article is healing from racial battle fatigue--the psychological, physiological, and emotional stress responses to racism. We use letters addressed to Black educators to illustrate how we…
Descriptors: Teachers, Blacks, African Americans, Racism
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Dykema, Jennifer; Assad, Nadia; Sanchez-Diettert, Griselle; Elver, Kelly; Stevenson, John – Field Methods, 2019
Best practices in mail survey design advise personalizing correspondence, but most research predates the use of address-based sampling (ABS) in which a householder's name either cannot be matched to an address or may be matched incorrectly. Further, recent evidence casts doubt on the effectiveness of personalization. The current study examines the…
Descriptors: Response Rates (Questionnaires), Mail Surveys, Letters (Correspondence), Sampling
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Newkirk-Turner, Brandi L.; Hudson, Thomas K. – Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2022
Purpose: Faculty members commonly write letters of recommendation (LOR) for students. Although letters can be helpful, they may do more harm if they include language that can negatively bias readers. The purpose of this article is to examine LORs written for Black applicants to speech-language pathology graduate programs for the presence of…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), College Admission, Graduate Study, College Faculty
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Stengel, Donald N.; Curry, Jacquelin J. – Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2021
This article reports on assessments of business letters assigned to students in a business communication course. Assessments were performed by faculty in other disciplines and local business professionals, with each sampled assignment evaluated by one faculty and one business professional. Overall, the assessments by the two groups were similar in…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, College Faculty, Professional Personnel, Business Administration Education
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Gordon, Jeremy G. – Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2021
In response to ongoing expansion of neoliberal ideology in democratic education, this essay details a classroom experiment that attempts to "redo," or "recraft" democracy. Recrafting democracy, in this context, takes shape in active efforts to compose an agonistic public sphere through a specific kind of "lettering a…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Democracy, Democratic Values, Activism
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Huang, Yu-Ching – Schools: Studies in Education, 2020
This article shares three main lessons the author learned from her correspondence with Vivian Gussin Paley. Early on, the author wrote Mrs. Paley about how she discovered the meaning of story acting for visually impaired children. The act of sharing her thoughts with Mrs. Paley showed her the power of writing to promote thinking. Equally important…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Story Telling, Thinking Skills, Drama
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Nieves, Yolanda – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2020
In this article, the author describes the curriculum of a freshman composition class for socially marginalized students that uses an imaginative service-learning component to nurture agency and voice.
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Activism, Freshman Composition, College Freshmen
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Goldberg, Deborah S. – Chemical Engineering Education, 2020
Faculty receive requests for recommendations from their students every year. They want to support their students as they apply for internships, full time jobs, and graduate school, but often struggle with how to do this in an efficient and effective manner. This is especially challenging given the number of students they have and the late and…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Letters (Correspondence), Teacher Student Relationship, College Students
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Taylor, Z. W.; Weber, Karla; Holthaus, Gretchen – Higher Education Politics & Economics, 2021
Since 2012, many Title IV institutions of higher education have sent their students debt letters to inform them of their outstanding loan amounts, estimated or real monthly payments, and other loan-related information. However, no extant research has analyzed whether these letters are written at an appropriate level for college students, nor has…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Content Analysis, Structural Analysis (Linguistics), Student Loan Programs
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Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairéad – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2022
Responding to mathematical problems is a core activity in classrooms. The problems that teachers select determine the mathematical content, processes and nature of mathematical inquiry occurring in classrooms and thereby contribute to the development of mathematical skills and dispositions. Selecting, designing or reformulating mathematical…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Skills, Problem Solving
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Longmeier, Meris Mandernach; Fagan, Jody Condit – College & Research Libraries, 2021
Query letters may offer an effective way to increase author engagement in the scholarly communication process, yet they are not a common practice in library and information science (LIS). A survey and interviews were conducted with LIS journal editors to explore experiences, attitudes, and opinions concerning query letters. Results indicate query…
Descriptors: Information Science, Information Science Education, Letters (Correspondence), Authors
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