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Andolina, Molly W.; Conklin, Hilary G. – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
This research examines the factors that shape high school students' experiences with an action civics program--"Project Soapbox"--that fosters democratic and social-emotional learning. Drawing on pre- and postsurveys with 204 students, classroom observations, teacher interviews, student work samples, and student focus group interviews,…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Civics, Citizenship Education
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Garcia, Antero; Levinson, Amber Maria; Gargroetzi, Emma Carene – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
This article investigates the civic writing practices of more than 11,000 students writing letters to the next president in the lead up to the 2016 U.S. election. We analyze how letter topics are associated with socioeconomic factors and reveal that 43 topics--including ones prevalent among students such as immigration, guns, and school…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Writing Assignments, Writing (Composition)
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Regele, Matthew D. – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
The individual economic benefits of higher education are largely determined by what students learn in the process of obtaining their degrees. Increasingly, for-profit companies that develop and sell digital courseware products influence what college students learn. Employees' pedagogical expertise, content knowledge, and understanding of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Modules, Higher Education, Commercialization
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Yang, Yuqin; van Aalst, Jan; Chan, Carol K. K. – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
This study investigates designs for developing knowledge building (KB) and higher order competencies among academically low-achieving students. Thirty-seven low-achieving students from a ninth-grade visual arts course in Hong Kong participated. The design involved principle-based KB pedagogy, with students writing on Knowledge Forum® (KF),…
Descriptors: Reflection, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level, Low Achievement
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Kosiewicz, Holly; Ngo, Federick – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
This study examines the impact of a "natural experiment" that gave students the choice to place into or out of developmental math because of an unintended mistake made by a community college. During self-placement, more students chose to enroll in gateway college- and transfer-level math courses, however, greater proportions of female,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Course Selection (Students), Student Placement
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Ronfeldt, Matthew; Bardelli, Emanuele; Brockman, Stacey L.; Mullman, Hannah – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
Growing evidence suggests that preservice candidates receive better coaching and are more instructionally effective when they are mentored by more instructionally effective cooperating teachers (CTs). Yet teacher education program leaders indicate it can be difficult to recruit instructionally effective teachers to serve as CTs, in part because…
Descriptors: Mentors, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Evaluation, Scores
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Pearman, Francis A., II – American Educational Research Journal, 2020
This study drew data from a randomized trial of a statewide prekindergarten program in Tennessee and presents new evidence on the impacts of preK on third-grade achievement using administrative data on children's neighborhood environments. Results indicate that preK had no measurable impact on children's third-grade math achievement regardless of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Poverty, Neighborhoods
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Burt, Brian A.; Williams, Krystal L.; Palmer, Gordon J. M. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Black men, underrepresented in engineering, constitute a missing segment of the population who could contribute to the global knowledge economy. To address this national concern, stakeholders need additional research on strategies that aid in Black men's persistence. This study explores the experiences of 30 Black men in engineering graduate…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, African American Students, Academic Persistence, Graduate Students
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Perna, Laura W.; Orosz, Kata; Kent, Daniel C. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
This study uses critical discourse analysis to explain how legislators determine the role and contributions of academic researchers in Congressional legislative hearings. The discursive practices that legislators use serve to construct the social identity of academic witnesses, characterize witnesses' qualifications, solicit information from…
Descriptors: Hearings, Federal Government, Legislators, Power Structure
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Clay, Kevin L. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Through sustained ethnographic field work that inquired into youth participatory action researchers' political identity development, I identified a politicized discourse engaged by youth during their early stages of action research that I have termed Black resilience neoliberalism (BRN). This study explicates BRN theory, tracing its connection to…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), African American Students, Neoliberalism, Race
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Redding, Christopher; Henry, Gary T. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Most prior research measures teacher turnover as an annual event, but teachers actually leave their positions throughout the school year. We use data from North Carolina to measure teacher turnover monthly throughout the entire year and conduct an analysis of their persistence to examine the differences in early career teacher turnover. Annually,…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Characteristics
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Stewart, Dafina-Lazarus – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
In this study, I investigated how student publications portrayed whiteness as the dominant feature of the campus environment between 1945 and 1965 among the member institutions of a consortium of elite U.S. Midwestern liberal arts colleges located in rural and industrial towns across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. These…
Descriptors: Student Publications, College Students, Whites, Memory
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Sablan, Jenna R. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Critical race theory (CRT) has been used in educational literature to emphasize the influence of racism on educational opportunity and the assets of students of color. Quantitative methods appear antithetical to CRT tenets according to some, but this article endeavors to show why this is not the case, based on both historical and contemporary…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Statistical Analysis, Educational Research
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Duncheon, Julia C.; Relles, Stefani R. – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
Social capital research has demonstrated the value of relationships and networks to enhance college opportunity for first-generation students. While most work has focused on individual students and their ties, high schools play a critical role in social capital processes by connecting students to external college access organizations and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, School Role, First Generation College Students
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Goldman, Susan R.; Greenleaf, Cynthia; Yukhymenko-Lescroart, Mariya; Brown, Willard; Ko, Mon-Lin Monica; Emig, Julia M.; George, MariAnne; Wallace, Patricia; Blaum, Dylan; Britt, M. Anne – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
This article reports the results of a randomized control trial of a semester-long intervention designed to promote ninth-grade science students' use of text-based investigation to create explanatory models of biological phenomena. The main research question was whether the student participants in the intervention outperformed the students in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Intervention, Self Efficacy, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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