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Hitchcock, John H.; Johanson, George A. – Research in the Schools, 2015
Understanding the reason(s) for Differential Item Functioning (DIF) in the context of measurement is difficult. Although identifying potential DIF items is typically a statistical endeavor, understanding the reasons for DIF (and item repair or replacement) might require investigations that can be informed by qualitative work. Such work is…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Test Items, Item Analysis, Measurement
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Ramlo, Susan – Research in the Schools, 2015
Flipped classrooms are a relatively new teaching strategy where the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Although flipped classrooms are gaining popularity, evaluations of this type of pedagogical model are limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate student views related to the effectiveness of a flipped…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, College Freshmen, Nonmajors
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Holtz, Jill; McCurdy, Merilee; Roehling, Julia V. – Research in the Schools, 2015
Within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, Tier 1 instruction requires the selection of research-based core curricula. However, many educators and administrators are not aware of high-quality core writing curricula. The authors assembled a rubric to assist schools in evaluating core writing curricula for Grades 3-5. Rubric components…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Writing Across the Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades
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Forbes, Bethany E.; Skinner, Christopher H.; Maurer, Kristin; Taylor, Emily; Schall, Megan; Cazzell, Samantha; Ciancio, Dennis; Conley, Matt; Conley, Elisha – Research in the Schools, 2015
Working with middle-school students, we replicated and extended research on oral reading fluency (ORF) assessments and prompting students to read faster. Altering ORF administration procedures by instructing students to read fast caused statistically significant increases in their words correct per minute (WCPM) and errors, which was moderated by…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Middle School Students
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Ramlo, Susan – Research in the Schools, 2015
Q methodology (Q) has offered researchers a unique scientific measure of subjectivity since William Stephenson's first article in 1935. Q's focus on subjectivity includes self-referential meaning and interpretation. Q is most often identified with its technique (Q-sort) and its method (factor analysis to group people); yet, it consists of a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Mixed Methods Research, Q Methodology, Factor Analysis
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Leech, Nancy L.; Haug, Carolyn A. – Research in the Schools, 2015
Pressure from state and federal mandates is being brought to faculty members at institutions who prepare teacher candidates to increase the standards and rigor of their programs, and who provide evidence that their graduates not only know the content, but also will be effective in the classroom. This article investigated the relationships among…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Persistence
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Iran-Nejad, Asghar; Xu, Yuejin; Mansouri, Behzad – Research in the Schools, 2013
Reported in this article was an experiment in which 143 undergraduates in an educational psychology course were encouraged to engage in the performance learning activity (PLA) of "seeking their own revelations (or insights) and reflecting on them in writing." The hypothesis, grounded in the biofunctionally-based, first-person…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Undergraduate Students, Educational Psychology, Learning Activities
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Ballard, Iva B. – Research in the Schools, 2013
In this quasi-experimental 2 x 2 factorial design study, the impact of an academic integrity module and Turnitin® on undergraduate student similarity index scores was investigated. Similarity index scores were used to measure suggested plagiarism rates of student papers. A purposive sample consisting of 96 undergraduate education students enrolled…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Integrity, Quasiexperimental Design, Undergraduate Students
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Wines, Lisa A. – Research in the Schools, 2013
This autophenomenography describes multicultural leadership in school counseling from the perspective of a female African American school counselor; who served as a lead counselor, researcher, and participant of a research study, while employed in a predominantly White-culture school district. The theoretical framework grounding this study was…
Descriptors: School Counselors, School Counseling, Phenomenology, African Americans
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Kallemeyn, Leanne; Schiazza, Daniela; Ryan, Ann Marie; Peters, Julie; Johnson, Crystal – Research in the Schools, 2013
Understanding how to engage history teachers in effective professional development, rooted in pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), is critical with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. In this study, we utilized Grant and Gradwell's (2010) notion of ambitious teachers, which built upon Shulman's (1986) concept of PCK, to…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Zientek, Linda Reichwein; Younes, Rayya; Nimon, Kim; Mittag, Kathleen Cage; Taylor, Sharon – Research in the Schools, 2013
Improving the mathematical skills of the next generation of students will require that elementary and middle school teachers are competent and confident in their abilities to perform fraction operations and to solve algebra equations The present study was conducted to (a) quantify relationships between prospective teachers' abilities to perform…
Descriptors: Fractions, Algebra, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Ballard, Iva B.; Chappell, Manya; Johnson, Susan; Ngassam, Marlise DePaul – Research in the Schools, 2013
In this study, we explore middle-class parental involvement in summer activities of four elementary students. Many researchers discuss summer programs initiated by institutions, but fail to explain how parents' availability, experiences, and related criteria affect student summer activities. From our interviews, observations, and artifacts, we…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Parent Participation, Summer Programs, Elementary School Students
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Levine, Anita C. – Research in the Schools, 2013
Teacher attrition is a persistent dilemma, with much research conducted on why teachers leave the profession. Yet, limited research exists on why teachers stay, despite the profession's many stressors. This exploratory study examined teachers' perspectives on the role that hope plays as a sustaining influence. A purposive sample of 25 mid-career…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Public School Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence
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Cantrell, Susan Chambers; Powers, Sherry W.; Roth, Nathan P. – Research in the Schools, 2013
Examined in this study was instruction in two reading intervention programs, Reading Recovery and Reading Mastery, in the context of a statewide early reading initiative's first year of implementation. Through observations of 15 teachers, investigated in this study was the instructional focus of the intervention lessons and the extent to which…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Comparative Analysis, Intervention, Early Reading
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Morse, Andrew – Research in the Schools, 2013
The purpose of this ethnographic case study was to explore the fundraising roles of 3 tenured academic department heads within a College of Education at a large, public, research-focused, doctoral-granting university. The following research questions were used to conduct the study: (a) What roles, if any, do academic department heads presently…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Fund Raising, Administrator Role, Case Studies
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