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Hassinger-Das, Brenna; Jordan, Nancy C.; Dyson, Nancy – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The present study involved examining whether a storybook reading intervention targeting mathematics vocabulary, such as "equal," "more," and "less," and associated number concepts would increase at-risk children's vocabulary knowledge and number competencies. Children with early numeracy difficulties (N = 124) were…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hustedt, Jason T.; Jung, Kwanghee; Barnett, W. Steven; Williams, Tonya – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs prior to kindergarten entry has become increasingly common. As each state develops its own model for pre-K, rigorous studies of the impacts of state-specific programs are needed. This study investigates impacts of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) initiative at kindergarten entry using a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Vocabulary Development, Emergent Literacy
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de Bilde, Jerissa; Boonen, Tinneke; Speybroeck, Sara; De Fraine, Bieke; Van Damme, Jan; Goos, Mieke – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Experiential education is a child-centered educational framework that is popular in Flemish kindergartens. In this study, the impact of five experiential practices (autonomy support, stimulation, emotional support, time for choice activities, and interest-based activities) and the moderating influence of initial achievement (language and…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Personal Autonomy
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Thornberg, Robert; Pozzoli, Tiziana; Gianluca, Gini; Jungert, Tomas – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The first aim of the present study was to examine in a single model how moral disengagement and moral emotions were related to bullying and defending behavior among schoolchildren. The second aim was to test whether the two moral dimensions interacted with each other to explain behavior in bullying situations. Data were collected from 561 Swedish…
Descriptors: Bullying, Child Behavior, Moral Values, Emotional Response
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Dalton, Bridget; Robinson, Kristin H.; Lovvorn, Jason F.; Smith, Blaine E.; Alvey, Tara; Mo, Elaine; Uccelli, Paola; Proctor, C. Patrick – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Multimodal composing is part of the Common Core vision of the twenty-first-century student. Two descriptive studies were conducted of fifth-grade students' digital folktale retellings. Study 1 analyzed 83 retellings in relation to the types and frequencies of modal use, such as image, sound, movement, and written text, as well as their retelling…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, State Standards, Folk Culture
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Kim, Young-Suk; Puranik, Cynthia; Al Otaiba, Stephanie – Elementary School Journal, 2015
We examined growth trajectories of writing and the relation of children's socioeconomic status and language and/or speech impairment to the growth trajectories. First-grade children (N = 304) were assessed on their written composition in the fall, winter, and spring, and their vocabulary and literacy skills in the fall. Children's SES had a…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Language Impairments, Speech Impairments, Child Development
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Franke, Megan L.; Turrou, Angela C.; Webb, Noreen M.; Ing, Marsha; Wong, Jacqueline; Shin, Nami; Fernandez, Cecilia – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Educators, researchers, and policy makers increasingly recognize that participation in classroom mathematics discussions, especially engaging with others' ideas, can promote students' mathematics understanding. How teachers can promote students' high-level engagement with others' ideas, and the challenges teachers face when trying to do so, have…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Video Technology, Group Discussion
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Toste, Jessica R.; Heath, Nancy L.; Connor, Carol McDonald; Peng, Peng – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Relationships with teachers have been found to be particularly salient for elementary-age students, as they relate to successful adjustment to school. The construct of working alliance reconceptualizes traditional definitions of relationship to consider elements of emotional connection, as well as the collaboration central to the working…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Construct Validity
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O'Hare, Liam; Biggart, Andy; Kerr, Karen; Connolly, Paul – Elementary School Journal, 2015
A randomized controlled trial was used to evaluate the effects of a prosocial behavior after-school program called Mate-Tricks for 9- and 10-year-old children and their parents living in an area of significant socioeconomic disadvantage. The children were randomly assigned to an intervention (n = 220) or a control group (n = 198). Children were…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Prosocial Behavior, Economically Disadvantaged, Research Methodology
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Van Steenbrugge, Hendrik; Remillard, Janine; Verschaffel, Lieven; Valcke, Martin; Desoete, Annemie – Elementary School Journal, 2015
This research analyzed how fractions are taught in the fourth grade of elementary school in Flanders. Analysis centered on the presence of five features of instruction recommended by research on teaching and learning fractions (i.e., multiple solution pathways, linking representations, estimation and justification of the solution, collaboration,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 4
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Silverman, Rebecca D.; Coker, David; Proctor, C. Patrick; Harring, Jeffrey; Piantedosi, Kelly W.; Hartranft, Anna M. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between language variables and writing outcomes with linguistically diverse students in grades 3-5. The participants were 197 children from three schools in one district in the mid-Atlantic United States. We assessed students' vocabulary knowledge and morphological and syntactical skill as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Barata, M. Clara; Calheiros, M. Manuela; Patrício, Joana Nunes; Graça, João; Lima, M. Luisa – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Despite the accumulated evidence that retention is an ineffective and potentially harmful remedial strategy, several countries struggle with high levels of retention in compulsory schooling. This article provides evidence of the impact of the Portuguese national educational policy "Programa Mais Sucesso Escolar" (PMSE) using class size,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Public Policy, School Holding Power
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Jamil, Faiza M.; Sabol, Terri J.; Hamre, Bridget K.; Pianta, Robert C. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Contemporary education reforms focus on assessing teachers' performance and developing selection mechanisms for hiring effective teachers. Tools that enable the prediction of teachers' classroom performance promote schools' ability to hire teachers more likely to be successful in the classroom. In addition, these assessment tools can be used for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Selection, Teacher Effectiveness
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Doabler, Christian T.; Baker, Scott K.; Kosty, Derek B.; Smolkowski, Keith; Clarke, Ben; Miller, Saralyn J.; Fien, Hank – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Explicit instruction is a systematic instructional approach that facilitates frequent and meaningful instructional interactions between teachers and students around critical academic content. This study examined the relationship between student mathematics outcomes and the rate and quality of explicit instructional interactions that occur during…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interaction, Teacher Student Relationship
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Zvoch, Keith; Stevens, Joseph J. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
A one-group repeated-treatment design was used to examine the academic year and summer oral reading fluency outcomes for students attending a district-sponsored summer literacy program (N = 250). Piecewise growth models applied to longitudinal data obtained during the first and second grade and over the course of the intervening summer revealed…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Summer Programs, Reading Difficulties, Grade 1
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