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McKeown, Margaret G.; Crosson, Amy C.; Moore, Debra W.; Beck, Isabel L. – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
This article presents findings from an intervention across sixth and seventh grades to teach academic words to middle school students. The goals included investigating a progression of outcomes from word knowledge to comprehension and investigating the processes students use in establishing word meaning. Participants in Year 1 were two sixth-grade…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Intervention, Middle School Students
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Im, Myung Hee; Hughes, Jan N.; Cao, Qian; Kwok, Oi-man – American Educational Research Journal, 2016
We investigated the effect of participating in two domains of extracurricular activities (sports and performance arts/clubs) in Grades 7 and 8 on Grade 9 academic motivation and letter grades, above baseline performance. Participants were 483 students (55% male; 33% Euro-American, 25% African American, and 39% Latino). Propensity score weighting…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Student Participation, Middle School Students, Student Motivation
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Bokosmaty, Sahar; Sweller, John; Kalyuga, Slava – American Educational Research Journal, 2015
Research has demonstrated that instruction that relies heavily on studying worked examples is more effective for less experienced learners compared to instruction emphasizing problem solving. However, the guidance associated with studying some worked examples may reduce the performance of more experienced learners. This study investigated…
Descriptors: Geometry, Problem Solving, Expertise, Teaching Methods