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Pounds, Lauren; Cuevas, Joshua – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
There has been a recent initiative for students to be involved in their Individualized Education Plan [IEP]. The goal is for students to become self-advocates and learn to develop goals that pertain to their interests. The study examined this process of including students by addressing three questions. First, does student involvement in their IEP…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Individualized Education Programs, Self Advocacy, Student Educational Objectives
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McKeen, Heather – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
Flexible grouping aims to divide students into groups according to their strengths and abilities. This will allow teachers to tailor instruction to meet the needs of students, allowing them to thrive within their current environments. Quantitative research was used to investigate whether flexible grouping had a positive effect on student…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Elementary School Students
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Unal, Aslihan; Unal, Zafer – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
This study compared K-12 teachers' assessment beliefs and practices in relation to their years of teaching experience. The data for this study was collected from 87 public school teachers. The findings suggest that as the teachers' years of experience increases, the value they place in assessment increases as well.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Pace, Julie Harper – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
This article details an experiment in an 11th and 12th grade 3-week intensive course, the Science and History of Contagious Disease. The course was an interdisciplinary survey of how diseases are spread along with an examination of social responses. Although both lecture and discussion based, the course revolved primary around a trip in which we…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Primary Sources, Archives, Communicable Diseases
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Ata, Atakan – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
This qualitative study explored factors that supported teachers in their efforts to promote students' critiquing, communicating, and collaborating skills. Despite the various challenges that public schools face today, they are most likely the very institutions to play a critical role in individuals' civic skills development. Individual in-depth…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democracy, Public Schools, Skill Development
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Jorrín Abellán, Ivan M. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2019
The development of educational research designs might be daunting for novice researchers that have to make choices among the plethora of philosophical frameworks, research traditions, and different methods existing in the field. In this article we describe the process followed to formally evaluate Hopscotch, a model and a web-tool created by the…
Descriptors: Research Design, Educational Research, Models, Qualitative Research
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Stapp, Alicia – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
Expectations placed on educators to improve academic performance continue to increase across the United States. One reason for this rise in expectancy is the enactment of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2002, the ESSA mandates that "all students are taught to high academic…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Classroom Environment, Elementary School Students
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Emerson, Judith M.; Clarke, Pier Junor; Moldavan, Alesia M. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
In this study, two teacher educators, one special education faculty and one mathematics education faculty, examined ways to infuse educational theory into their practice to develop preservice teachers' ability to meet the demands of the 21st century classroom. The study took place at an urban university in the southeastern United States where the…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Educators
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Zhou, Molly – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
The case study intends to study edTPA as a measure for teacher readiness. The case study examined four first year teachers' edTPA experience, performance, and their perspectives on edTPA as a tool to measure teacher readiness in light of their first year teaching experiences and TKES assessment results. Three research questions were used to guide…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Readiness
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Glaze, Amanda – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
Research demonstrates that teachers' acceptance or rejection of evolution impacts whether they teach evolution in their classrooms. Furthermore, factors such as religiosity and nature of science understanding impact acceptance or rejection. What is absent from the literature is an exploration of experiences that inform choices made regarding…
Descriptors: Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Baker, Austin T.; Cuevas, Josh – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This study examined whether students were reaching automaticity with single digit multiplication facts. A fourteen question interview was used to collect data. The first three questions asked the student basic information about themselves and their current math teacher. The next seven questions were math facts. The math facts chosen for the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 3
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Proudfoot, David E.; Green, Michael; Otter, Jan W.; Cook, David L. – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
The increase in demand for college and career ready students has driven the need for education reform to ensure K-12 schools can support student learning across all content areas and grade levels. A STEM Certification process was established by the Georgia Department of Education as part of an effort to reform public school STEM education.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Certification, Elementary Schools, Problem Based Learning
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Hannel, Stacey L.; Cuevas, Joshua – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This study was conducted to investigate whether or not computer-based simulations had a greater impact on science achievement compared to traditional hands-on methods for middle school students in an on-level science course. The study also sought to determine if either method had an impact on retention as well as motivation. The participants in…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Student Motivation, Computer Simulation, Hands on Science
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Drescher, Christopher F.; Eldridge, Elizabeth Devon; Wood, Elizabeth; Rossi, Alexis L.; Stepleman, Lara – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections remain a major health concern and are linked to a number of poor outcomes. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth are particularly at risk for these issues. Although evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs exist, they are not necessarily tailored…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Pregnancy, Prevention
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Nguyen, Ha; Eisenreich, Heidi – Georgia Educational Researcher, 2018
This pilot qualitative study explored K-8 pre-service teachers' (PSTs') learning experience in a Statistics and Probability course and their ability to make connections between mathematics and their everyday lives when given opportunities to investigate mathematics through a social issue. Data from student surveys, assessments, and written…
Descriptors: School Choice, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Probability
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