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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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Jaeger, Elizabeth L.; Pearson, P. David – Educational Forum, 2017
The Common Core State Standards and Response to Intervention are significant contemporary educational initiatives that have emerged largely in isolation from one another. We argue that an integration of these initiatives is beneficial. We trace the independent development of these two initiatives and offer suggestions for how they might fruitfully…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Response to Intervention, Educational Policy, Language Arts
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Ajayi, Lasisi – Educational Forum, 2017
This study investigates preservice teachers' perspectives on their preparation to use social justice teaching in rural schools, how they implemented the concept in their classrooms, and the challenges they faced. The findings suggest that even though coursework may have prepared the participants to integrate social justice principles and practices…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Rural Schools, Social Justice
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Isabelle, Aaron D. – Educational Forum, 2017
For students to achieve the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by Grade 12, thinking and acting like scientists and engineers must begin in the elementary grades. However, elementary teachers may find this challenging -because language arts and mathematics still dominate many classrooms--often at the expense of science. This…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Process Skills
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Tichavakunda, Antar A. – Educational Forum, 2017
This study provides qualitative context for statistics concerning Black college students and financial aid. Using the financial nexus model as a framework, this research draws upon interviews with 29 Black juniors and seniors at a selective, -private, and predominantly White university. The data suggest that students -generally exhibited high…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Student Attitudes, Whites
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Hébert, Cristyne – Educational Forum, 2017
This article calls attention to the overreliance on research about the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)--often labeled edTPA's predecessor--as justification for the edTPA. The article argues that the distinctions between the assessments are too vast to rely on PACT data to support the edTPA, given the localized nature of PACT…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Research, Teacher Education
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Brant, Cathy A. R. – Educational Forum, 2017
This article describes a study that investigated preservice teachers' understandings and self-efficacy related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students and families. The preservice teachers indicated a broad range of understandings in relation to LGBTQ terms. They reported a relatively high sense of self-efficacy in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Self Efficacy, Homosexuality
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White, Meg; Brown, Corine Meredith; Viator, Martha Graham; Byrne, Laurel L.; Ricchezza, Lorraine C. – Educational Forum, 2017
To be an effective urban educator requires teachers to understand the contextual factors of students, the school, and the community, and their cumulative effects on learning. Urban teacher academies support a better understanding of urban classrooms and challenge stereotypes of the urban context. The focus of this study was to compare…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Educational Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students
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