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Areepattamannil, Shaljan; Freeman, John G. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2008
The study examined the self-reported academic achievement, academic self-concept, and academic motivation of 573 immigrant and nonimmigrant adolescents in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) secondary schools. Descriptive Discriminant Analyses indicated that the immigrant adolescents had higher performance in mathematics, higher math and school…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Incentives, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation
Noble, Kathleen D.; Childers, Sarah A. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2008
Early entrance from secondary school to university, based on the principle of optimal match, is a rare but highly effective educational strategy for many gifted students. The University of Washington offers two early entrance options for gifted adolescents: the Early Entrance Program for students prior to age 15, and the UW Academy for Young…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Research Universities, Early Admission, Acceleration (Education)
Lee, Seon-Young; Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula; Donahue, Rob; Weimholt, Katrina – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2008
The need for quality service-learning programs has increased according to greater interest in service-learning and civic engagement for academically gifted students. The Civic Leadership Institute (CLI), a 3-week residential program for gifted adolescents, is a service-learning program created to help academically talented students explore complex…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Service Learning, Residential Programs, Summer Programs
Kidd, Julie K.; Pasnak, Robert; Gadzichowski, Marinka; Ferral-Like, Melissa; Gallington, Debbie – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2008
Although many students who enter kindergarten are cognitively ready to meet the demands of the kindergarten mathematics curriculum, some students arrive without the early abstract reasoning abilities necessary to benefit from the instruction provided. Those who do not possess key cognitive abilities, including understandings of conservation,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Mathematics Instruction, Student Diversity, Cognitive Processes
Kyburg, Robin M.; Hertberg-Davis, Holly; Callahan, Carolyn M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
The racial, ethnic, linguistic, and economic diversity within urban areas necessitates the creation of scholastic environments that are responsive to the varying academic and social needs of the student population. This qualitative study investigates ways in which teacher and administrator behavior and the school environment contribute to the…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Educational Environment, Teacher Behavior, Administrator Behavior
Hall, Horace R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
The after-school City School Outreach youth program captured the attention of high school male students by offering them a physically and psychologically safe environment to talk about issues they faced. The students of color who attended the program used various forms of creative written expression (i.e., poetry, spoken word, and hip hop) to…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Poetry, Urban Schools, Males
Friend, Jennifer I.; Degen, Elizabeth – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
Seven middle-level schools in a large suburban district created an open enrollment system for advanced English and science courses. The advanced courses provided students with an opportunity to learn through the use of primary sources, high-level literature, and a variety of projects. A vertical teaming process in each middle-high school…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Attitudes, Open Enrollment, Attendance
Siegle, Del; McCoach, D. Betsy – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
Teachers can modify their instructional strategies with minimal training and effort, and this can result in increases in their students' self-efficacy. Self-efficacy judgments are based on four sources of information: an individual's own past performance, vicarious experiences of observing the performances of others, verbal persuasion that one…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Self Efficacy, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods
Pace, Nicholas J. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
This article describes the impact of receiving the Matthew Shepard Scholarship (a 4-year, full scholarship) on 8 students who were openly gay or lesbian in high school. Previous literature, while limited, paints a decidedly bleak picture of the prospects for gay and lesbian youth. However, this previous research is often based on students in…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Social Isolation
Gentry, Marcia; Peters, Scott J.; Mann, Rebecca L. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
Career and technical education represents an important and understudied educational option for high school students. This qualitative study utilized data from one exemplary career and technical education (CTE) center to address the question of how talented and general education students' part-time CTE experiences differed from their traditional…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes, High School Students
Frey, Bruce B.; Schmitt, Vicki L. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
As the field of education moves forward in the area of assessment, researchers have yet to come to a conclusion about definitions of commonly used terms. Without a consensus on the use of fundamental terms, it is difficult to engage in meaningful discourse within the field of assessment, as well as to conduct research on and communicate about best…
Descriptors: Performance Tests, Formative Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Made Tests
Richards, M. R. E.; Omdal, Stuart N. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
Tiered instruction is grouping students for instruction based on their prior background knowledge in a given subject area. In this study, students were either in a control secondary science classroom or a classroom in which instruction was tiered. The tiered instruction was designed to match high, middle, or low levels of background knowledge on…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Curriculum, Prior Learning, Curriculum Development
Carpenter, Dick M., II; Ramirez, Al – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
The achievement gap, traditionally measured by test scores, also can be documented by dropout behavior. Examining dropout behavior among Black, White, and Hispanic students, with a particular focus on gaps within groups and not just between Whites and minorities, shows a clearer picture of the achievement gap. The results of our study show…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropout Prevention, Low Achievement, Parent Participation
Kaylor, Maria; Flores, Margaret M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
According to research, students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have lower rates of high school graduation and university attendance. There is little research regarding interventions to address these issues. The current study compared the effects of two programs designed to increase academic motivation. Forty-seven high…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Student Attitudes, Economically Disadvantaged, Student Motivation
Levine, Thomas H.; Marcus, Alan S. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2007
How should district and school leaders improve education for students traditionally underserved by public education: by increasing control over teaching and curriculum, or by empowering groups of teachers to have more collective autonomy, responsibility, and opportunities for professional learning? The second approach--promoting multiple…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, English (Second Language)
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