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Yocum, Russell G.; Densmore-James, Susan; Staal, Laura A.; Pinkie, Elyse C.; Yocum, Dana A. E. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This research replicated a previous mixed-methods exploratory study of spirituality and spiritual development (Yocum, 2014). 339 participants at two southeastern United States universities were administered a Likert-scale survey to collect data to explore the correlations between the existing components of the proposed spiritual development…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Student Needs
Winkler, Carol K.; Fortner, C. Kevin; Baugh-Harris, Sara – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2013
Every year 1.3 million U.S. high school students drop out of school with one quarter of female students failing to graduate on time. Female dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, to earn less when they are employed, to become pregnant before the age of 20, to become obese, to smoke, and to drink more heavily than their male counterparts. This…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Womens Education, Womens Studies, Disadvantaged Environment
Hunsaker, Scott L. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2013
In American society, parents who have high aspirations for the achievements of their children are often viewed by others in a negative light. Various pejoratives such as "pushy parent," "helicopter parent," "stage mother," and "soccer mom" are used in the common vernacular to describe these parents. Multiple…
Descriptors: Expectation, High Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Mothers
Gruebel, Robert W.; Childs, Kimberly – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2013
The Texas statewide assessment of academic skills in 1997 indicated that >55 % of the student population failed to master the mathematics objectives set by the test criteria and 42 % of the mathematics teachers at the secondary level in the East Texas region were categorized as underqualified to teach mathematics at that level. The issue of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies, Capacity Building
Tyler, Kathleen P. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2012
Interest in child development as a knowledge base for early childhood education programs flourished in the 1970s as a result of the theories and philosophies of Jean Piaget and other cognitive developmentalists. During subsequent decades in America, reform movements emphasizing accountability and achievement became a political and social…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Change
Parker, Tatiana C. Tatum; Rosenthal, Rebecca – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2011
In order to understand and resolve the disproportionate number of women in the sciences it is necessary to look at historical educational trends. Through the ages there is evidence of a "pendulum effect" where there have been major shifts focusing science education either on male or females. To be able to realistically establish sustainable equity…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Teaching Styles, Women Scientists, Elementary Secondary Education
Schmidt, William; Burroughs, Nathan; Cogan, Lee; Houang, Richard – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2011
Educators need a way of determining how much additional knowledge has been gained by students in a given educational program in comparison with other programs. From the U.S. Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS), they now have such information. The TEDS yields empirical data on the educational experiences and content knowledge gains of a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Educational Experience, Cognitive Ability
Sampson, Pauline M. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2011
In this longitudinal study of one region in the state of Texas, there was an examination of district leadership and the sustaining of high student achievement for their districts. The results of this study suggest that sustained improvement of student achievement is very difficult. The districts that had sustained improvement had stable district…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Longitudinal Studies
Abadie, Ben R.; Brown, Stanley P. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2010
The detrimental effects of physical inactivity within children have enormous personal health consequences. These health conditions have the potential to impact the economic vitality of society as a whole. Studies have indicated that inactive children are far more likely to suffer from obesity, type II diabetes, and hypertension than their…
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Early Childhood Education, Physical Activity Level
Syverson, Margaret A. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2009
The educational system perpetuates social injustice through structural inequities of assessment and evaluation. High-stakes standardized testing has a destructive effect on teaching and learning that affects all students, teachers, and schools; it is particularly damaging for disadvantaged students--minorities, students with disabilities, students…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Learning Theories, Student Evaluation, Alternative Assessment
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De Corte, Erik; Masui, Chris – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
Higher education is facing world-wide a number of problems such as: adjusting to larger and more homogeneous student populations, increasing the number of graduating students, and preparing them for lifelong learning. Enhancing students' learning proficiency can make a substantial contribution to solving each of these major concerns. Taking the…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Higher Education, College Freshmen, Economics Education
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Kelly, Thomas F. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
The United States has been engaged in school reform for three decades. The federal government as well as all fifty states have passed numerous versions of reform legislation to mandate and regulate the process. Educators have adjusted their practices to the policy created by this legislation. They have also allocated hundreds of billions of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Curriculum Development
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Goff, Wilhelmina D.; Johnson, Norman J. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
Over thousands of years the brain has evolved. Our ability to change its structure is quite limited. What we can do is change the way we work with the brain and appeal to it. These notions are the building blocks for this paper. Three strands of intellectual work (neuroscience to include social intelligence, pedagogy, and environment/culture) are…
Descriptors: Single Sex Classes, Single Sex Schools, Educational Policy, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Adegbite, Wale – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
In this study, the problem of non-proficiency in language learning and use among Nigerian students is investigated. Using empirical data and information from available literature on the subject as evidence, it was observed that the language deficiencies of the students could be attributed to the lack of fit between the formulation of the national…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Language Planning, Language Proficiency
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Shapiro, Arthur; Thompson, Alana S. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2008
In this paper the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a top-down, one-size-fits-all coercive nostrum constructed by politicians purportedly to improve all American public schools that piddles with symptoms rather than deal with root causes, is first delineated and analyzed. Its departure from local educational governance to an accountability-focused…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Indicators
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