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Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Educational Forum, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the reading volume and book choices of fourth-grade students and how they identified as readers. Students were encouraged to read 50 books independently. The results showed that students read throughout the year. Grade-level readers described themselves as being a part of the book, while above-…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Literacy Education, Qualitative Research, Reading Achievement
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Fong, Hoi Wah Benny – Educational Forum, 2018
Quantitative studies on international-school teacher retention are few, especially studies that differentiate between Gen Y and non-Gen Y teachers. This article reports on the findings of a study that examined the relationship of job satisfaction factors to the likelihood of contract renewal by international-school teachers. Results from the study…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Generational Differences, Age Groups, International Schools
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Zimmerman, Aaron S. – Educational Forum, 2018
tIt has been argued that virtuous teaching dispositions are essential to high-quality teaching. Discourse around dispositions, however, is still murky because there are contradictions in the field in regard to the issue of virtue. What is the source of teacher virtue, and how might it be cultivated? This essay explores evidence and implications…
Descriptors: Role, Personality Traits, Teacher Characteristics, Ethics
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Lee, Chin-Wen; Ritchotte, Jennifer A. – Educational Forum, 2018
Through a four-part discussion, this essay advocates for seeing the characteristics and special needs of gifted students with disabilities and using best practices to support their learning. Part 1 delineates the evolution of the legislative acts and professional initiatives regarding twice exceptionality. Part 2 discusses the educational rights…
Descriptors: Gifted Disabled, Best Practices, Special Needs Students, Educational Legislation
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Pirrone, Concetta; Tienken, Christopher H.; Pagano, Tatiana; Di Nuovo, Santo – Educational Forum, 2018
In an experimental study to explain the effect of structured Building Block Play with LEGO™ bricks on 6-year-old student mathematics achievement and in the areas of logical thinking, divergent thinking, nonverbal reasoning, and mental imagery, students in the experimental group scored significantly higher (p = 0.05) in mathematics achievement and…
Descriptors: Toys, Play, Mathematics Skills, Imagery
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Lenhardt, Ann Marie C.; Graham, Lemuel W.; Farrell, Melissa L. – Educational Forum, 2018
Targeted violence continues to pose a threat to school safety. Reported here are the results of a study of 18 cases of school shooters from 1996 to 2012. Variables examined are individual factors and behaviors, family dynamics, and triggering events. Results indicate the need for expanded school-based mental health services, threat assessment, and…
Descriptors: Guidelines, School Safety, Violence, Weapons
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Carey, Roderick L.; Yee, Laura S.; DeMatthews, David – Educational Forum, 2018
Intersectionality describes the ways interlocking systems of oppression, evidenced in various identity facets (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and language), frame individuals' social worlds. An awareness of intersectionality can ensure PreK-12 school policies and practices meet the needs of a student population…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Practices, Power Structure, Self Concept
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Ammentorp, Louise; Madden, Lauren – Educational Forum, 2018
Being a teacher requires the ability to work with difficult behaviors--not just of students and parents but also of colleagues. Preservice teachers need the opportunity to develop and practice collaboration and communication skills in school settings. This essay draws on research from organizational psychology to offer a framework for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Skill Development, Work Environment, Peer Relationship
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Athanases, Steven Z.; Wong, Joanna W. – Educational Forum, 2018
One task of Feiman-Nemser's teacher learning model--develop tools and dispositions to study teaching--frames how we organized learning opportunities during teacher preparation. We explored how and to what degree preservice teachers used teacher inquiry to analyze linguistically diverse students' work through an asset-based lens, beyond deficit…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Bilingual Students, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Haas, Eric; Goldman, Julie; Faltis, Christian – Educational Forum, 2018
Improving the writing of middle-school English learners can improve their academic thinking, literacy, and content knowledge. The Writing Reform and Innovation for Teaching Excellence (WRITE) program uses six high-leverage writing practices and develops teacher capacity through professional learning activities anchored in the group grading of…
Descriptors: Mainstreaming, Writing Instruction, English Language Learners, Middle School Teachers
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Feiman-Nemser, Sharon – Educational Forum, 2018
This commentary highlights findings from two reviews of research on the preparation and continuing development of regular classroom teachers to teach English language learners. Since both reviews use my "central tasks of teacher learning" framework, the commentary also assesses the framework's usefulness in highlighting areas where…
Descriptors: Mainstreaming, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, English Language Learners
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Brisk, María Estela – Educational Forum, 2018
This commentary addresses the content of this issue from the perspective of educating bilingual learners. Several articles propose the kind of coursework and field experiences needed for the preparation of teacher candidates to be qualified to work effectively with bilingual populations. Others report on specific aspects of teacher preparation.…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Educational Change, Field Experience Programs, Preservice Teacher Education
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Villegas, Ana Maria; SaizdeLaMora, Kit; Martin, Adrian D.; Mills, Tammy – Educational Forum, 2018
This article systematically reviews and critically appraises the research published since 2000 on preparing preservice teachers for English language learners (ELLs). Employing Feiman-Nemser's framework for teacher learning, the authors address what the research suggests about the nature and outcomes of preservice learning opportunities offered to…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, English Language Learners, Mainstreaming, Preservice Teacher Education
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Lucas, Tamara; Strom, Kathryn; Bratkovich, Meghan; Wnuk, Jennifer – Educational Forum, 2018
The empirical literature regarding the nature and outcomes of inservice learning opportunities for mainstream teachers of ELLs reveals that such opportunities give primary emphasis to developing teachers' pedagogical knowledge and skills but also give attention to encouraging teachers to learn about their students, curriculum, and school context;…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Inservice Teacher Education, Mainstreaming, English Language Learners
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de Jong, Ester J.; Naranjo, Cindy; Li, Shuzhan; Ouzia, ­Aicha – Educational Forum, 2018
The trend of placing English language learners (ELLs) in mainstream classrooms has teacher education programs developing their capacity to prepare all teachers to educate ELLs. This study examined how universities in Florida implement a professional development requirement to help faculty infuse ELL content into their courses. Our findings suggest…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language)
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