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Bryant, Debra; Wilson, Andrea – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2020
This article addresses long-standing data from federal government agencies documenting concerns regarding the use of school discipline and suspension indicating that Black students are referred for discipline and/or suspended at a higher rate than students of other ethnicities. Available data from a local school district reflected similar…
Descriptors: Discipline, Suspension, African American Students, Racial Bias
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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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Vogler, Kenneth E.; Schramm, Susan; Allan, Audrey; Parler, Jake D. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2020
This study investigated the relationship among the variables instructional time configuration, gender, race/ethnicity, and poverty to predict the academic performance of seventh-grade students on a state-mandated social studies accountability test. Results of 24,919 seventh-grade student social studies test scores from 117 middle schools, as well…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task, Race, Ethnicity
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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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Baltes, Beate; Hernandez, David; Collins, Christina – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2015
Racial tension motivates strife and violence in the metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, area. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a collaborative partnership, the Cultural Awareness Consortium (CAC), in making a positive impact on the attitudes of a group of diverse high school students regarding multicultural relations.…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Partnerships in Education, High School Students, Student Attitudes
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McCormick, Jennifer; Hafner, Anne L.; Saint Germain, Michelle – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013
The study aimed to examine teachers' and students' views on the impact of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) on students' college readiness and on teaching practices. Literature in the areas of college readiness, critiques of the English curriculum at the secondary level, and a review of research on the effects of ERWC are…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Expository Writing, Writing Instruction
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Tsolou, Olympia; Margaritis, Vasileios – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013
The cross-thematic curriculum (CTC) for school education has recently been implemented so that the quality of the Greek educational system is improved. This study aimed at assessing social and emotional learning competencies and CTC-related skills of 541 Greek students aged 11-13. Data triangulation was also used for validating these findings,…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Scores, Educational Quality
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Rollison, Julia M.; Ludlow, Larry H.; Wallingford, Todd – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a Teaching American History professional development program on content knowledge and confidence and anxiety associated with teaching economic literacy. Two content assessments and a confidence and anxiety instrument were administered to teachers prior to and immediately following a 2-week…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Anxiety, Professional Development, History Instruction
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Corn, Jenifer O.; Tagsold, Jennifer T.; Patel, Ruchi K. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2011
A research team conducted an evaluation of a laptop initiative in 18 North Carolina high schools through administrator, teacher, and student focus groups; teacher and student surveys; and classroom observations. The study aimed to provide information about the value of the laptop initiative in enhancing student learning. In addition, it intended…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technological Literacy, High Schools, High School Students