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Goldenberg, Claude; Hicks, Judy; Lit, Ira – American Educator, 2013
Preschool teachers can best educate youngsters learning their home language and English by using children's primary language where possible, adopting effective practices for building English language skills, and involving families in supporting children's learning. This article surveys the growing body of research on improving preschool…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Native Language
Goldenberg, Claude – American Educator, 2013
Challenges are bound to arise as the vast majority of states strive to help English learners meet the Common Core State Standards. In calling for students to read complex texts, these new standards place an even greater emphasis on content knowledge and literacy skills than prior state standards. This review of available research will help…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), State Standards, Teaching Methods
Saunders, William; Goldenberg, Claude; Marcelletti, David – American Educator, 2013
Having reviewed several bodies of research, the authors provide 14 guidelines for educators to help English learners (ELs) make greater strides in learning English. These guidelines are: (1) Providing English Language Development (ELD) instruction is better than not providing it; (2) ELD instruction should continue at least until ELs attain…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, English Instruction, Guidelines, English Language Learners
American Educator, 2012
In the high school history textbooks children read, too often they find that labor's role in American history--and labor's important accomplishments, which changed American life--are misrepresented, downplayed, or ignored. That is a tragedy because labor played (and continues to play) a key role in the development of American democracy and the…
Descriptors: United States History, High Schools, Textbooks, Democracy
Hirsch, E. D., Jr. – American Educator, 1996
Argues that politics and ideology have clouded the debate over education policy and hindered efforts to create the quality schools need most. Questions whether scientific research can help in creating students with "higher-order thinking." Discusses the consensus of research on pedagogy, classroom environment, pace, clarity, managing and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
Dweck, Carol S. – American Educator, 1999
Reviews research into the effects of praise on students. Suggests an approach that gets students to focus on their potential to learn, to value challenge, and to concentrate on effort and learning processes in the face of obstacles. This can all be done while holding students to rigorous standards. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Incentives, Positive Reinforcement
Cunningham, Anne E.; Stanovich, Keith E. – American Educator, 1998
Reports on research studies into the role that reading volume plays in shaping the mind. It is possible to outline the reciprocal influence of early reading acquisition and reading volume as determinants of later reading comprehension and other cognitive abilities. Early success at reading unlocks a lifetime of reading habits, as research shows.…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Cognitive Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Habits
American Educator, 1995
Much controversy surrounds the idea of vouchers parents could apply to private education. Information about existing private school admission policies, student characteristics, student achievement, market competition, and costs is summarized in this fact sheet. The superiority claimed for private school education can be explained by student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission (School), Costs, Economic Factors
Moats, Louisa Cook – American Educator, 1995
Reports on a survey of experienced teachers to assess their knowledge of the structure of spoken and written language. Results reveal pervasive conceptual weaknesses in the very skills needed for direct, language-focused reading instruction. The importance of specific linguistic knowledge for instruction is illustrated, and policy changes for…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement, Reading Instruction
Chall, Jeanne S. – American Educator, 1994
Studies classic American children's readers used 100 years ago and concludes that they contain selections that are more mature, substantial, challenging, and sophisticated grade-for-grade than those in use today. The old books contain more serious nonfiction and invite critical reading as they teach values. (SLD)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Educational History, Elementary Education, Fiction
West, Diana – American Educator, 1995
Critiques the work of R. L. Stine, writer of juvenile horror fiction. The "Goosebumps" series for readers ages 8 to 12 years and the "Fear Street" series for those ages 9 to 14 years, both created by Stine, are shock fiction for the young--fiction that is all sensation, but no real feeling. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Affective Behavior, Children, Childrens Literature
Billups, Lovely H.; Rauth, Marilyn – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Discusses findings on effective classroom management and group dynamics. The practices outlined are drawn from classroom observation research conducted over the past decade. (GC)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Observes the increasing use of class test scores for rating teachers and reviews arguments against this practice. Cites research pointing to a variety of influences on standardized test scores other than teacher performance. Concludes that teacher evaluation must incorporate a variety of measures. (KH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Performance Factors
Pines, Maya – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Even as children, some individuals cope remarkably with stressful situations. They are active and know how to seek adult support. Research suggests that their strong personalities are rooted in part in the treatment they receive as infants, but also that schools can effectively help deprived children to become well-adjusted adults. (KH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education
Isaacs, Harold R. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
As divorce, single parenthood, and remarriage have a profound effect on today's American families, the subject of fathers and fatherhood is now attracting major attention from researchers and mass market paperback writers. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Fathers, Literature Reviews, Mass Media, Parent Child Relationship
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