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DeLuca, Christopher; Pyle, Angela; Valiquette, Adelina; LaPointe-McEwan, Danielle – Elementary School Journal, 2020
Kindergarten teachers are confronted with an evolving context for teaching and assessment. Recent reforms throughout the world have resulted in two fundamental shifts: (a) a growing emphasis on academic learning and increased use of assessment to support and monitor students' academic and developmental progress and (b) the use of play as a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Trends
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Son, Seung-Hee Claire; Butcher, Kirsten R.; Liang, Lauren Aimonette – Elementary School Journal, 2020
This study investigates how interactive features embedded in the illustrations of storybook apps influenced young readers' story enjoyment and comprehension. Kindergartners and second graders (N = 91) were randomly assigned to read storybook apps in an interactive or noninteractive condition. Findings showed that children's self-reported enjoyment…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Reading Comprehension, Preferences, Recall (Psychology)
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Hale, Elizabeth; Kim, James S. – Elementary School Journal, 2020
This study examined teachers' spontaneous low-level comprehension questions in script-supported informational read alouds, with a secondary analysis on the relationship between low- and high-level comprehension questions. Participants came from a predetermined subsample of 34 teachers and 824 third-grade students. Results revealed notable…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Questioning Techniques
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Goodrich, J. Marc; Hebert, Michael; Savaiano, Mackenzie; Andress, Tim T. – Elementary School Journal, 2020
Research indicates that sentence-combining instruction is effective for improving writing outcomes; however, no studies to date have examined the effects of sentence-combining instruction on the writing skills of Spanish-speaking language-minority (LM) students. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of explicit…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sentences, Writing Skills, Spanish Speaking
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Bush, Sarah B.; Cook, Kristin L.; Edelen, Daniel; Cox, Richard, Jr. – Elementary School Journal, 2020
The inclusion of the arts into science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) has recently gained much national attention. The purpose of this qualitative study was to conduct a thematic analysis of student STEAM survey open responses to provide the field with an examination of grades 3-5 elementary students' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, STEM Education, Art Education, Grade 3
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Leyva, Diana; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu – Elementary School Journal, 2019
We examined associations between maternal writing support, math support, and directiveness and children's literacy and math outcomes. Participants were 208 African American, Dominican, Mexican, and Chinese mothers and their first-grade children from low-income households. Mothers were video-recorded playing a grocery game with their children…
Descriptors: Mothers, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Literacy Education
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Sutherland, Kevin S.; McLeod, Bryce D.; Granger, Kristen; Nemer, Shannon L.; Kunemund, Rachel L.; Conroy, Maureen A.; Johnson, Adrienne; Miles, Chimere – Elementary School Journal, 2019
Students' early school experiences have a significant and long-term effect on key academic and social/behavioral outcomes. Evidence-based programs that both increase the quantity and quality of positive teacher-student interactions and decrease the frequency of negative teacher-student interactions may be critical for changing negative patterns…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Evidence Based Practice, Risk, Student Experience
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Mantzicopoulos, Panayota; French, Brian F.; Patrick, Helen – Elementary School Journal, 2019
We examined associations between the quality of kindergarten teachers' mathematics instruction and their students' achievement and motivation in mathematics. Using a sample of 20 kindergarten teachers and their 285 students, we rated 5 video-recorded mathematics lessons per teacher throughout the spring semester with the Mathematical Quality of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Motivation, Kindergarten
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Chow, Jason C.; Wehby, Joseph H. – Elementary School Journal, 2019
The purposes of this study were (a) to test the efficacy of whole-class equal-sign instruction, (b) to contrast the effects of symbolic and nonsymbolic instructional representation, (c) to determine whether visual representation compensated for language deficits, and (d) to evaluate maintenance of intervention. We randomly assigned 195 children…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Symbols (Mathematics), Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Brown, Christopher P.; Englehardt, Joanna; Ku, Da Hei; Barry, David P. – Elementary School Journal, 2019
Over the last 2 decades, policymakers' standards-based accountability reforms in the United States, such as the No Child Left Behind Act, have fundamentally changed public schooling in general and kindergarten specifically. As this has occurred, little is known about how families make sense of these changes in schooling. By sharing findings from a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Family Attitudes, Educational Change, Accountability
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Mellado De La Cruz, Veronica; Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Hsiao, Yu-Yu; Clemens, Nathan H.; Jones, Francesca G.; Rivas, Brenna K.; Brewer, Emily A.; Hagan-Burke, Shanna; Simmons, Leslie E. – Elementary School Journal, 2019
The purpose of the study was to assess early literacy skills and examine the presence and stability of challenging behaviors across the critical threshold of the kindergarten school year. Students' (n = 337) literacy performance (letter sound fluency, word attack, and phonological awareness) and challenging behaviors (teacher ratings of…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Kindergarten, At Risk Students
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Barnes, Nicole; Fives, Helenrose; Brighton, Catherine M.; Moon, Tonya R. – Elementary School Journal, 2019
The purpose of this investigation was to explore elementary teachers' beliefs about data and data use. Archived data from 2 research projects were used to address the following research questions: What are kindergarten and fifth-grade literacy teachers' beliefs about data and data use? What functions do the beliefs serve in teachers' actual use of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Literacy Education, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; Bratsch-Hines, Mary; Varghese, Cheryl; Cutrer, Elizabeth A.; Garwood, Justin D. – Elementary School Journal, 2018
This article reports the results of a randomized controlled trial that replicated and extended research on the Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI), a professional development program for kindergarten and first-grade teachers in low-wealth rural schools that helps enhance literacy skills of struggling readers. In weekly webcam coaching sessions,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Reading Teachers, Rural Schools, Reading Instruction
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Guo, Daibao; Wright, Katherine Landau; McTigue, Erin M. – Elementary School Journal, 2018
Although visual complexity is increasing and graphics are essential to support readers' comprehension of disciplinary texts, visual literacy receives scant attention. Research suggests that effectively instructing students to interpret discipline-specific graphics would yield better comprehension. However, before this line of inquiry can be…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Textbooks, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Silverman, Rebecca D.; Martin-Beltran, Melinda; Peercy, Megan M.; Hartranft, Anna M.; McNeish, Daniel M.; Artzi, Lauren; Nunn, Stephanie – Elementary School Journal, 2017
This study evaluated the effects of a cross-age peer learning program targeting vocabulary and comprehension in kindergarten and fourth-grade classrooms with substantial proportions of English Learners (ELs). The study followed a quasi-experimental design with 12 classrooms (6 kindergarten and 6 fourth grade) in the intervention group and 12…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten, Grade 4
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