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de Waal, Elna; Pienaar, Anita E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Motor proficiency and socioeconomic status are considered critical role players in setting children on an early trajectory of academic failure or success. To determine longitudinal influences of motor proficiency (MP) and socioeconomic status (SES) on academic achievement of primary school learners, a mediating model was constructed and tested…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students
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Crawford, Elizabeth O.; Montague, Laura – Childhood Education, 2017
How can teachers integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their classrooms? A teacher and teacher educator duo provide a wonderfully detailed account of how they designed and implemented a curriculum focused on SDG Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. Through their journey to empower children to be critical and compassionate…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Pilot Projects, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design
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Ulusoy, Mustafa – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The goals of this formative experiment were threefold: (a) to teach the story/visual elements and characteristics of picturebooks to pre-service teachers (PSTs) from the classroom teacher education department and to help them use these elements with elementary school students, (b) to enable the PSTs to create original self-published picturebooks…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Picture Books
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Evans, Leanne M.; Avila, Antonieta – Childhood Education, 2016
Language is one of the most important drivers of children's socialization and development of a sense of belonging within their school, community, and culture. For bilingual and multicultural children in particular, language plays a critical role in the development of their identity. If emergent language learners do not feel confident in their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, Scientific Literacy
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Nemiro, Jill E. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2021
Educators now recognize the importance of providing students early on with practice to build necessary 21st-century work-related skills, such as collaboration. School robotics programs are increasingly being used to meet the goals of STEM standards-based content assessment and the development of collaboration skills. However, limited…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Problem Based Learning, Teamwork, Group Dynamics
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Dunn, Michael William; Miller, Darcy; Stair, Mari; Welsh-Griffin, Heather – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2021
Many children find writing to be a challenge. This exploratory case study included four students with a learning disability who had writing goals/objectives in their individual education program. The students participated in a larger project in which they learned and practiced writing with an iPad art app. Planning a text with digital art offered…
Descriptors: Children, Learning Disabilities, Students with Disabilities, Elementary School Students
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Lilly, Elizabeth; Fields, Charla – Childhood Education, 2014
Writing and photography are composition processes that help develop children's linguistic and visual competencies, respectively. Using photography in teaching writing has been found to enhance students' literacy skills by naturally invoking their interest and motivation, and eventually strengthening the reading-writing relationship. Children can…
Descriptors: Photography, Writing Instruction, Grade 4, Student Motivation
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Vernucci, Santiago; Galli, Juan Ignacio; Andrés, María Laura; Zamora, Eliana Vanesa; Richards, María Marta; Canet-Juric, Lorena; Burin, Débora Inés – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2020
The present study analyzes the psychometric properties of a Spanish-adapted version of the Working Memory Rating Scale (WMRS). This instrument allows teachers to perform a screening of children with possible working memory (WM) difficulties, putting them at risk of academic underachievement. A sample of children age 8.5 to 12.33 years old was…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Screening Tests, Children, Psychometrics
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Simweleba, Never H.; Serpell, Robert – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Parental involvement is one of the important factors in pupils' academic achievement. Aim: The study sought to assess whether an intervention to enhance the interaction of parents with Grade 4 learners (aged 10-15 years) in homework would improve the learners performance in Chitonga and Mathematics. Setting: This study was conducted…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Parent Participation, Rural Schools
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Govender, Radhamoney; Hugo, Anna J. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: South African primary school learners have participated in several national and international literacy (reading and writing) studies that measure learners' achievement in different grades and at different intervals. Numerous scholars have analysed the results of these assessments. We extended their analyses by investigating the grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, Literacy Education
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Zee, Marjolein; Koomen, Helma – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2020
This short-term longitudinal study explored the unique role of proximal classroom factors (teachers' student-specific self-efficacy, autonomy-supportive behaviors, and student-teacher relationships) in students' emotional and behavioral engagement, and the moderating role of grade level. Participants were 472 students and 63 teachers (grades 4-6).…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Self Efficacy
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Stone, Brian – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2020
Scientific inquiry is an often misunderstood concept in many elementary classrooms. On the inquiry spectrum, teacher-directed (TD) scientific inquiry is prevalent in schools. From a critical and social constructivism framework, TD inquiry programs affect students' original/unhindered questions, called primal inquiry (PI), and processes in science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Elementary School Science, Grade 4
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Kirnan, Jean; Siminerio, Steven; Wong, Zachary – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
An existing school program in which therapy dogs are integrated into the reading curriculum was analyzed to determine the effect on student reading. Previous literature suggests an improvement in both reading skills and attitudes towards reading when students read in the presence of a therapy dog. Using a mixed method model, the researchers…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Therapy, Reading Attitudes, Reading Programs
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Hamm, Ellen M.; Cullen, Rebecca; Ciaravino, Melissa – Childhood Education, 2013
When a college professor who teaches research methods to graduate education students was approached by a local public urban elementary school to help them teach research skills to 4th-graders, it was thought that the process would be simple--take what we did at the college level and differentiate it for the childhood classroom. This article will…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Graduate Students, Research Skills, Inquiry
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Kennedy, Laura M.; Oviatt, Rae L.; De Costa, Peter I. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
Recognizing the inherent value of refugee youth's diverse and powerful linguistic and cultural capital, this case study adds to the growing body of research regarding refugee youth's intersecting identities and multiliteracies by exploring (1) how youth who have settled in the American Midwest as refugees express their emerging notions of identity…
Descriptors: Refugees, Identification (Psychology), Cultural Capital, Multiple Literacies
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