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Hursh, David – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2011
Many who would define themselves as liberal progressives were heartened by the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. However, perhaps almost as many have been disappointed by Obama's policies as president. In this paper the author seeks to understand and explain the seeming reversal in Obama's policies, especially regarding education. He…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Politics of Education, Commercialization, Ideology
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Davis, Allison – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Despite the enactment of No Child Left Behind (2002), many urban school districts continue to battle the achievement gap and struggle with low literacy rates. Authentic writing instruction, a main component of literacy, is being cut in those districts that struggle most to accommodate other demands made by the nation and state. The primary purpose…
Descriptors: Diaries, Student Journals, Journal Writing, Art Education
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Ceprano, Maria A. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Six pre-service teacher candidates TCs, each engaged in field experiences in Kindergarten or First Grade classrooms at an urban based elementary school compared the impact of interactive read alouds and simple read alouds on children's Tier two vocabulary meaning acquisition and usage. Each TC read a different trade book that contained at least 8…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Preservice Teachers, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Jackson, Kimberly J. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Multidisciplinary programs have begun to complement traditional models of graduate and professional education. The development of these programs has begun to reflect the change in graduate student advisement. Multidisciplinary programs necessitate the need for quality advisement approaches. This study assessed faculty satisfaction and commitment…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Masters Programs, Professional Education, Academic Advising
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Patterson, Leslie; Baldwin, Shelia; Araujo, Juan; Shearer, Ragina; Stewart, Mary Amanda – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
This paper argues that educators interested in sustainability should look to complexity science for guiding principles. When we view our classrooms and campuses as living, dynamic ecologies, we can, as insiders, make sense of what might otherwise seem chaotic or meaningless. This perspective enables us not only to describe and explain what is…
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Change, Sustainability, Teaching Methods
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Cuenca, Alexander – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
The term pedagogy has been appropriated in education discourse as simply strategies of instruction. This instrumental understanding of pedagogy has reified the term both in the vernacular of education and in research of teaching and teacher education, leading the scientific pursuit of pedagogy to exclude the relationship between pedagogy and…
Descriptors: Instruction, Teacher Education, Holistic Approach, Epistemology
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Corbett, Michael – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
This essay is a response to a question about school desegregation in Nova Scotia, Canada posed by my sister in 2008. I argue that the question itself illustrates the extent to which critical analysis of the politics of race in Canadian schools, particularly in rural areas, is seldom taken up. This feeds into a persistent mythology of a racially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Desegregation, Race, Criticism
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Seitz, Lindsey – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2010
Over the last 15 years, researchers have become increasingly interested in children's motivation to read. Because reading is an exigent activity that often involves choice, motivation is crucial to reading engagement. The purpose of this case study was to investigate student attitudes toward reading at summer reading clinic through an urban…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Reading Attitudes, Reading Motivation
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Zelkowski, Jeremy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This article focuses on a secondary mathematics teacher education program where traditional field placements are prevalent in grades 9-12. Traditional, for this article, is defined as and comprised of: (a) straight-rowed desks in classrooms, (b) explicitly direct instruction (teacher-centered classrooms), (c) predominantly repetition of low-level…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities
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Sharer, Timothy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Several problems exert force on teachers just entering the profession including mandated testing, public reporting, and the loss of the flexible contexts teacher preparation institutions had for developing undergraduate teacher candidates. Teacher training institutions are scrambling to implement more effective ways to prepare teachers without…
Descriptors: Substitute Teachers, Student Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness
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Herley, Wade – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
This paper examines the various generations that include the greatest generation, the baby-boomers, generation X, and generation Y. The research encompasses many motivational elements that each generation covets, rejects, or shares. These generations are at different stages in life and each plays a vital role within our society. The workforce has…
Descriptors: Generational Differences, Influences, Social Values, Veterans
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Surface, Jeanne L. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
In this distrustful, unstable, and ethically polarized era, there is a need to prepare school administrators to resolve a myriad of moral dilemmas. As professors of school administration, how can we make sure that our future leaders have the capacity to make thoughtful, ethical decisions? How do we prepare these leaders to develop, foster and lead…
Descriptors: School Administration, Administrator Education, Ethics, Ethical Instruction
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Mills, Ed – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
The great majority of America's population now resides in urban/suburban locales and consequently most Americans do not struggle with the question of whether their community can, or should, maintain its own school. Nevertheless, this question continues to confront many rural dwellers in all states. What follows is an action research project…
Descriptors: Rural Population, School Role, Institutional Survival, Action Research
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Orelus, Pierre – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
With the enactment of the NCLB mandates, emphasis on high-stakes testing became more prevalent than ever. Some argue that high-stakes tests can be a driving force behind fundamental change in schools. Whether or not this type of test-driven change leads to school improvement is an empirical question. What we do know is that high-stake testing can…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices
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Olson, Seth; Reed, Kris; Schweinle, Amy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Human relations training is intended to prepare teachers to be culturally sensitive to an increasingly diverse population. There is a growing trend in teacher education to train preservice teachers more effectively to meet the demands of multicultural society. However, limited research is available to guide the future design of human relations…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Literacy, Curriculum Evaluation
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