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Karagiorgi, Yiasemina; Petridou, Alexandra – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Several national testing processes, involving the administration of standardised tests, are implemented widely worldwide to provide individual summative and formative assessment and/or monitor the quality of educational systems. The longitudinal national Programme for Functional Literacy (PfL) in Cyprus resembles a primarily formative testing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, At Risk Students, Identification, Educational Assessment
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Koopman, Maaike; Thurlings, Marieke; den Brok, Perry – Research Papers in Education, 2019
In this study, we investigated which teacher characteristics influence student proficiency development regarding fractions in Grade 5 of Dutch primary education. At least three domains of research (i.e. perspectives) on effective teaching can be distinguished: studies focusing on teachers' background characteristics, on their knowledge and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Characteristics, Mathematics Skills, Elementary School Students
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Sotomayor, Carmen; Coloma, Carmen Julia; Chaf, Gabriela; Osorio, Gabriela; Jéldrez, Elvira – Research Papers in Education, 2019
The purpose of this paper is to comprehend the importance that grammar has in the teaching of writing in the Hispanic American countries and Spain. To achieve this, the discussion that has taken place in these countries about the importance of sentence grammar in the teaching of writing is analysed. Three proposals for the contextualised teaching…
Descriptors: Grammar, Writing Instruction, Sentences, Writing Processes
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Tiilikainen, Mikko; Karjalainen, Juuso; Toom, Auli; Lepola, Janne; Husu, Jukka – Research Papers in Education, 2019
This case study investigates the variety of constructivist approaches to teaching evident in classroom practice. Teaching practices associated with constructivist perspectives have been prevalent in curriculum reforms for some time. Meanwhile, constructivist approaches have been critically discussed in scholarly literature, revealing problematic…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods, Elementary Education, Personal Autonomy
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Wilkinson, Ian A. G.; Staley, Bea – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Mixed methodology holds considerable promise for the field of literacy research, yet it continues to be underrepresented in published research. The purpose of this study was to identify potential problems in conducting and publishing reports of mixed methods research in literacy. Predicated on a view of research as principled argument, we…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Literacy, Research Reports, Periodicals
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Gorard, Stephen; Boliver, Vikki; Siddiqui, Nadia; Banerjee, Pallavi – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Universities are increasingly making decisions about undergraduate admissions with reference to contextual indicators to identify whether an applicant comes from a disadvantaged family, neighbourhood or school environment. However, the indicators used are often chosen because they are readily available, without consideration of the quality of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Admission, Access to Education, Economically Disadvantaged
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McIntyre, Joanna; Youens, Bernadette; Stevenson, Howard – Research Papers in Education, 2019
The teacher preparation landscape in England has been subject to radical policy change. Since 2010, the policy agenda has repositioned initial teacher preparation as a craft best learnt through observation and imitation of teachers in school settings. Simultaneously, a market-based approach to the recruitment of pre-service teachers has led to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Educational Policy
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Nutbrown, Cathy; Clough, Peter; Stammers, Lynsey; Emblin, Nadia; Alston-Smith, Summer – Research Papers in Education, 2019
This paper reports an original approach to family literacy in two UK men's prisons. Brief consideration of family literacy research precedes consideration of specific issues of imprisonment and literacy, and recent initiatives for incarcerated fathers. The significance of the study lies in the demonstration that theories of early literacy…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Fathers, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Neuman, Ari; Guterman, Oz – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Home schooling has become increasingly widespread in recent decades. Much research has been conducted regarding different aspects of the practice, including parents' reasons for choosing home schooling. These are often quantitative studies that directly examine these reasons and frequently cite rational reasons. In contrast, the present research…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Decision Making
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Torgerson, Carole; Brooks, Greg; Gascoine, Louise; Higgins, Steve – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Ten years after publication of two reviews of the evidence on phonics, a number of British policy initiatives have firmly embedded phonics in the curriculum for early reading development. However, uncertainty about the most effective approaches to teaching reading remains. A definitive trial comparing different approaches was recommended in 2006,…
Descriptors: Phonics, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Perry, Thomas – Research Papers in Education, 2019
A compositional effect is when pupil attainment is associated with the characteristics of their peers, over and above their own individual characteristics. Pupils at academically selective schools, for example, tend to out-perform similar-ability pupils who are educated with mixed-ability peers. Previous methodological studies however have shown…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Correlation, Individual Characteristics, Peer Influence
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Martino, Wayne; Cumming-Potvin, Wendy – Research Papers in Education, 2019
In this paper, we draw on conversations with two English teachers in an Australian government speciality arts focused school to investigate possibilities for envisaging trans-affirmative and queer pedagogies in the classroom. It draws from two studies that are concerned to investigate how gender and sexually diverse students are being supported in…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation
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Lamprianou, Iasonas; Symeou, Loizos; Theodorou, Eleni – Research Papers in Education, 2019
Research has shown that consistent family support improves higher education (HE) students' chances for adjustment and graduation but family over-involvement negatively affects students' well-being. We theoretically bridge three largely disjointed bodies of literature (namely, family 'support', 'involvement' and 'over-involvement') and show that…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Student Attitudes, Family Involvement, Student Adjustment
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Liu, Yongcan – Research Papers in Education, 2019
This paper reports on a study that looks at the micro-processes of teacher learning in a language teacher professional community in China. Following the tradition of ethnomethodology, teacher learning in this paper is conceptualised as interactional accomplishment of negotiation of practice through talk. Based on a purposively selected discourse…
Descriptors: Situated Learning, Language Teachers, Learning Processes, Teacher Attitudes
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Tourón, Javier; Navarro-Asencio, Enrique; Lizasoain, Luis; López-González, Emelina; García-San Pedro, María José – Research Papers in Education, 2019
The present work seeks to deepen the impact of factors linked to the characteristics of teaching practices and students' attitudes towards the use of technology on their performance in mathematics in the process of teaching-learning in the Spanish context. In this sense, this study is a secondary analysis of the PISA 2012 data. Therefore, it is an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Educational Technology
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