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Smith, Osha Lynette; Robinson, Rebecca – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2020
The Common Core State Standards recommend that all educators equip students with the literacy skills needed for college and careers. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine middle-level content-area teachers' perspectives on a district-led literacy professional development program and their implementation of the literacy…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Program Implementation, Content Area Reading, Literacy
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Haymon, Clarissa; Wilson, Andrea – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2020
Guided by the theory of differentiated instruction, this quantitative study evaluated the effectiveness of Achieve 3000, a technology-enhanced program for differentiating reading instruction. Achieve 3000 was fully implemented with fidelity in a local middle school that has a large percentage of advanced learners. Archived reading scores of 120…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Program Effectiveness, Middle School Students
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Dajani, Majida – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
This study examined the results of promoting Palestinian students' engagement and fostering their understanding in addition to their inquiry skills through the application of thinking routines. Six teachers teaching fourth and fifth grades participated voluntarily in this action research project during the school year 2014-2015. The researcher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Action Research
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Peterson, Sarah E.; Williams, R. Craig; Myer, Rick A.; Tinajero, Josefina V. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
We examined experiences of participants in "Do the Write Thing" national violence prevention program for middle-level students. Using mixed methods, we conducted surveys and focus groups with students, parents, and teachers who attended the program's National Recognition Week in Washington, DC. Results revealed important affective,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Parents, Violence
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Mitchell, Ingrid; Nistor, Nicolae; Baltes, Beate; Brown, Michelle – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2016
Black middle school students in the United States continue to perform poorly on standardized reading achievement tests in comparison to other racial and ethnic groups. The purpose of this research study was to examine the effectiveness of a vocabulary-focused test preparation program for Black middle school students. The theoretical framework…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Vocabulary, Low Income Students, Middle School Students
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Butler, Allison G. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013
Research documents an income-based achievement gap in mathematics, yet children from lower-income backgrounds do not lag behind their more advantaged peers in high-level social reasoning tasks. The purpose here was to investigate whether modifying mathematics word problems to make them more socially based would impact the mathematics performance…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills