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Capina, Amanda Borton; Bryan, Gregory – Current Issues in Education, 2017
Reading engagement is like a puzzle consisting of many pieces to emplace for successful engagement to occur. The author, a French Immersion teacher/researcher, found that many of her grade one reluctant readers--those students who could read but chose not to--approached reading with some pieces of the puzzle. They had strategies and knowledge but…
Descriptors: French, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
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Roberts, Maria Banda; Guerra, Federico R., Jr. – Current Issues in Education, 2017
With the "Every Student Succeeds Act" continuing to legislate accountability for special education and Hispanic students, the appropriate content in principal preparation programs relevant to successful leadership of special education programs is vital. This mixed methods study analyzed the survey responses of 84 principals in South…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Special Education, Hispanic American Students
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Cho, Hyunjung; Pemberton, Cynthia Lee; Ray, Beverly – Current Issues in Education, 2017
This study employed purposive sampling across 20 SE Idaho schools to explore PK-3 educators' perceptions regarding the value and importance of creativity education in the early childhood education setting (PK-3). A survey instrument and semi-structured interview protocol were developed for use. Surveys were distributed by mail and through on-site…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Martin, Kimberly A.; Goldwasser, Molly M.; Galentino, Richard – Current Issues in Education, 2017
This study examines differences in student satisfaction and engagement in cohort programs versus traditional, non-cohort educational programs by studying the impact of close bonds between students. The authors measure and compare "close bonds" within an educational cohort to a traditional program and measure the impact of close bonds on…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Student Satisfaction, Learner Engagement, Comparative Analysis
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McMahan, Sarah K.; Garza, Rubén – Current Issues in Education, 2017
Given the benefits associated with authentic field experiences (Edwards, 1996; McMahan et al., 2015; Siwatu, 2010), it is not uncommon to include early field experiences prior to student teaching as a way to engage university students with teaching diverse students in an authentic school setting. This study explored preservice teachers'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Field Experience Programs, Student Development, Qualitative Research
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Lee, Hea-Jin; Özgün-Koca, S. Asli – Current Issues in Education, 2016
This study is based on a Task Design and Analysis activity from a year-long professional development program. The activity was designed to increase teacher growth in several areas, including knowledge of mathematics, understanding of students' cognitive activity, knowledge of good questions, and ability to develop and improve high quality tasks.…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Knowledge Level, Mathematics Instruction, Cognitive Processes
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Fitchett, Paul G.; Heafner, Tina L.; Harden, Susan B. – Current Issues in Education, 2016
Moonlighting, an employment practice where individuals work outside of their primary job, is popular within the public education sector. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, this study examined both the characteristics and motivations of public school teachers across moonlighting categories.…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Multiple Employment, Public Education, Public School Teachers
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Poondej, Chanut; Lerdpornkulrat, Thanita – Current Issues in Education, 2016
In the literature on motivational goals, there has been an increase on the interest of a concept of the 2 × 2 achievement goal framework. However, evidences supporting the reliability and validity of this framework are still needed. The study reported in this paper was to validate the Thai version of the 2 × 2 achievement goal orientation scale by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Construct Validity, Goal Orientation, Likert Scales
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Rueter, Jessica A.; McWhorter, Rochell R.; Lamb, John H.; Dykes, Frank O. – Current Issues in Education, 2016
Chappell, Stephens, Kinnison, and Pettigrew (2009) conducted a study investigating educational diagnosticians knowledge of early reading development. Our study replicated the work of Chappell et al. through a mixed methods design that investigated educational diagnosticians' perceptions and knowledge of early reading development. Additionally, our…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Beginning Reading, Mixed Methods Research, Attitude Measures
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Acosta, Diane; North, Teresa Lynn; Avella, John – Current Issues in Education, 2016
This study considered whether delivery modality, student GPA, or time since high school affected whether 290 students who had completed a developmental math series as a community college were able to successfully complete college-level math. The data used in the study was comprised of a 4-year period historical student data from Odessa College…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Grade Point Average, Teaching Methods, High School Graduates
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Merç, Ali – Current Issues in Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the level and predictors of research-related anxiety among graduate ELT students in the Turkish context. 81 MA and PhD students from 14 universities offering graduate programs in ELT responded to a background questionnaire, a research anxiety scale, and a research self-efficacy survey. The analysis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Student Research, Student Attitudes
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Morris, R. C. – Current Issues in Education, 2016
Higher education research highlights the difficulties students face when transitioning from a junior college to a traditional university. This study explored a gap between junior vs. traditional university students' academic self-efficacy beliefs. This study also controlled for the effects of the student role-identity and academic performance on…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Two Year Colleges, College Students, Higher Education
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Jackson, Virginie – Current Issues in Education, 2016
This research was designed to investigate the effectiveness of using the think-aloud strategy to improve the reading comprehension in the content area of science. Based on state standards assessments, many early elementary grade students who were considered fluent readers struggled with evaluative science comprehension. In this quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Science Instruction, Content Area Reading
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Greenfield, Renée A. – Current Issues in Education, 2016
This study followed a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design. Phase I involved the collection of quantitative data to examine inservice teachers' (N = 69) attitudes about language and linguistic diversity as well as their teacher education coursework. All participants were graduates from the same teacher education program. Phase II included…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Peters, Terri; Margolin, Marcia; Fragnoli, Kristi; Bloom, Diane – Current Issues in Education, 2016
This study examined changes in student teachers' White racial identity and color-blindness (using scores on the WRCDS-R and CoBRAS), as well as their perceptions of working with students of color, following a semester of student teaching in diverse classrooms. Paired samples t-tests demonstrated student teachers were more color-blind about…
Descriptors: Whites, Racial Identification, Racial Differences, Preservice Teachers
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