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Zurawsky, Chris – American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2006
From preschool parents to Pentagon chiefs, people are calling for more foreign language instruction. Factors driving the demand include China's economic growth, which has prompted the College Board to add Chinese to its list of Advanced Placement tests. Meanwhile, President George W. Bush, citing national security concerns, has called for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Languages, Teaching Methods, Advanced Placement
Holland, Holly – American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2005
Good teachers form the foundation of good schools, and improving teachers' skills and knowledge is one of the most important investments of time and money that local, state, and national leaders make in education. Yet with the wide variety of professional development options available, which methods have the most impact on student learning?…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Teacher Influence
Resnick, Lauren B. Ed.; Zurawsky, Chris Ed. – American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2005
With about 60 percent of American children under age 5 spending part of their day in care outside the home, many policymakers seem to be jumping on the early childhood education bandwagon. Most states now fund or are creating preschool programs, many have developed learning standards for young children, and it is becoming widely accepted that…
Descriptors: Young Children, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
Rowan, Brian – American Educational Research Association, 2004
Today's accountability systems place the blame on schools for inadequate student academic achievement, which seems unfair to many people. They believe that family background and the socioeconomic mix of students in the classroom exert such a strong influence on student learning that teachers and schools can have only a limited effect. Important…
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness
Gordon, Edmund W. – American Educational Research Association, 2004
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. Yet despite half a century of efforts to improve educational opportunities for African American students and other minorities, a large achievement gap persists. By 12th grade, the average African American and…
Descriptors: Graduation, High Achievement, Minority Group Children, Academic Achievement
Connell, Christopher – American Educational Research Association, 2004
Beyond the debate over bilingual versus English-only education, the fundamental question remains: What are the best ways to teach English literacy to English language learners, and what rate of achievement in English is realistic to expect? Providing additional time, and ensuring that each child receives expert instruction, is expensive. But…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Academic Achievement
Meehan, Merrill L.; Cowley, Kimberly S.; Finch, Nicole L.; Chadwick, Kristine L.; Ermolov, Lisa D.; Riffle, M. Joy S. – American Educational Research Association, 2004
A review of the critical literature provides a brief history of systematic observation of classroom behaviors, long valued as an important data collection method in educational research. Milestones in systematic observation of classrooms are traced back to 1914 and the development and use of the Special Strategies Observation System (SSOS) through…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Classroom Observation Techniques, Instructional Materials, Educational Research
Resnick, Lauren B., Ed.; Zurawsky, Chris, Ed. – American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2003
The "No Child Left Behind" Act requires that states align K-12 assessments with their academic standards for what students should know and be able to do. Alignment is at the core of standards-based education. The theory is that student achievement will improve if all parts of the system pull in the same direction. Under such a system,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards
Resnick, Lauren B., Ed.; Zurawsky, Chris, Ed. – American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2003
Most education research has confirmed that small classes yield benefits. Research also has revealed nuances about how and when small classes will work best, where an investment will result in maximum return, and exactly how many students a "small" class should have. The details of these findings can help policymakers strike a practical balance…
Descriptors: Class Size, Small Classes, Educational Environment, Low Achievement
Howley, Craig; Stern, Joyce – Rural Education Newsletter for a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, 1993
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) new classification system for location of public schools and the NCES databases will provide new opportunities for rural education researchers. NCES developed a coding system called "Johnson codes" based on zip codes and Census definitions both of rural and nonrural places and of…
Descriptors: Classification, Databases, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
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