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Johnson, R. B.; McGowan, M. W.; Turner, L. A. – Research in the Schools, 2010
We address 2 key points of contention in this article. First, we engage the debate concerning whether particular methods are necessarily linked to particular research paradigms. Second, we briefly describe a mixed methods version of grounded theory (MM-GT). Grounded theory can be tailored to work well in any of the 3 major forms of mixed methods…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Methods Research, Epistemology, Qualitative Research
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Hall, Katrina W.; Williams, Lunetta M.; Daniel, Larry G. – Research in the Schools, 2010
The present study investigated perceived effects of an afterschool program located in 6 Title 1 schools on students' achievement, self-esteem, and attitudes. Data sources comprised surveys (n = 257), 5 focus groups (n= 23), and an individual interview with the program director (n = 1). Survey data indicated overall satisfaction with the program.…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Disadvantaged Youth, Student Participation, After School Programs
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Watson, Joshua C.; Harper, Sallie; Ratliff, Lindon; Singleton, Sabrina – Research in the Schools, 2010
This study was conducted with 53 beginning teachers, each with less than 3 years of classroom experience, to determine the amount of variance in their job satisfaction that could be accounted for by holistic wellness and perceived stress. The results of a regression analysis revealed that both holistic wellness and perceived stress were…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Wellness, Beginning Teachers, Stress Variables
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Iran-Nejad, Asghar; Stewart, William – Research in the Schools, 2010
Acquiring knowledge with comprehension has been the stated goal of education at least since the publication of the Bloom Cognitive Taxonomy, even though progress in research and practice has not kept up with the theory. In this article, we explain the slow rate of progress in education for understanding and argue that the taxonomic approach…
Descriptors: Learning, Comprehension, Educational Objectives, Classification
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Watson, S.; Miller, T.; Davis, L.; Carter, P. – Research in the Schools, 2010
In this study, researchers qualitatively analyzed middle school teacher participant perceptions of qualities of teacher effectiveness across 3 years (2006-2009) through 66 focus group sessions by comparing the participants' identified qualities to Stronge's (2007) Teacher Skills Assessment Checklist. Surprisingly, a disproportionate number (42.6%)…
Descriptors: Caring, Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups
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Jones, B. A.; Gansle, K. A. – Research in the Schools, 2010
Poor parent participation in multidisciplinary team meetings can be a concern for parents and educators, as it might lead to less relevant and effective programs for students with disabilities. This study sought to extend the literature on parent participation in the Individual Education Program (IEP) process by investigating the relationship…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Socioeconomic Status, Parent Participation, Parent Background
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Zientek, Linda Reichwein; Thompson, Bruce – Research in the Schools, 2010
Self-efficacy and mathematics anxiety have been identified as predictors of mathematics achievement. In the present study, secondary analyses on matrix summaries available from prior published studies were utilized to investigate the contribution that self-efficacy and mathematics anxiety made in mathematics performance. Commonality analyses were…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Anxiety, Predictor Variables
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Robinson, Cecil; Rose, Sage – Research in the Schools, 2010
One leading version of hope theory posits hope to be a general disposition for goal-directed agency and pathways thinking. Domain-specific hope theory suggests that hope operates within context and measures of hope should reflect that context. This study examined three measures of hope to test the predictive, construct, and convergent validity…
Descriptors: Validity, Construct Validity, Predictive Validity, Psychological Patterns
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Cruz, Andrea; Brown, Michelle S. – Research in the Schools, 2010
The impact of the accountability system on perceptions and practices of elementary teachers in South Texas was examined. A mixed methods approach was utilized in this descriptive study. Participants were randomly selected and included 192 educators from 12 campuses, from various districts. Teachers stated that they experienced a great deal of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Leggett, D. G.; Shea, I.; Wilson, J. A. – Research in the Schools, 2010
In this article, the authors present a call to advocacy for an underserved population. Twice-exceptional students are an important sub-population that has historically been neglected. We examine the historical context of twice-exceptionality and evaluate the relevance of current ethical codes with regard to these students. We also review some of…
Descriptors: Gifted Disabled, School Counselors, Ethics, Special Needs Students
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Briley, Jason S.; Thompson, Tony; Iran-Nejad, Asghar – Research in the Schools, 2009
In this study, the relationships among mathematical beliefs, sources of self-regulation, and achievement for university students enrolled in remedial mathematics were studied. Ninety-four students completed 2 surveys to measure mathematical beliefs and active, dynamic, and multiple-source self-regulation. Students who reported a more sophisticated…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement, Remedial Mathematics
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Rowland-Bryant, Emily; Skinner, Christopher H.; Skinner, Amy L.; Saudargas, Richard; Robinson, Daniel H.; Kirk, Emily R. – Research in the Schools, 2009
The interaction between seductive details (SD) and a graphic organizer (GO) was investigated. Undergraduate students (n = 207) read a target-material passage about Freud's psychosexual stages. Depending on condition, the participants also read a biographical paragraph (SD-only), viewed a graphic organizer that linked the seductive details to the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Interaction, Recall (Psychology), Context Effect
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Richards, Jennifer; Skolits, Gary – Research in the Schools, 2009
Adolescents learn best when actively engaged with the content; yet, many teachers rely on passive learning strategies in their classrooms. This study investigated teacher (n = 6) use and adoption of an active learning instructional strategy (Role, Audience, Format, Topic). The study purposes were to: (a) determine how and to what extent teachers…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Change, Active Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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Smith, Maureen; Mathur, Ravisha – Research in the Schools, 2009
The authors review the research on children's imagination and fantasy as they relate to children's socio-emotional and cognitive development and link those findings to children's academic and classroom competence. Specifically, children who are imaginative and/or fantasy prone tend to have better coping skills and the ability to regulate their…
Descriptors: Imagination, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Fantasy
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Jones, Brett D.; Byrd, C. Noel; Lusk, Danielle – Research in the Schools, 2009
We implemented a sequential mixed methods design using parallel samples to answer our general research question: What are high school students' definitions of intelligence and implicit beliefs about the malleability of intelligence? We surveyed 9th and 11th grade students who responded to questions about their intelligence beliefs on open- and…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Definitions, High School Students, Beliefs
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