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Pearson, P. David; Knight, Amanda M.; Cannady, Matthew A.; Henderson, J. Bryan; McNeill, Katherine L. – Theory Into Practice, 2015
The authors of this article, all of whom have been a part of this effort to assess argumentation in literacy-rich science curriculum, have struggled with our attempts to build 3 argument-related assessments--understanding, critiquing, and constructing arguments about scientific phenomena in both oral and written modes. Loosely affiliated with the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Pearson, P. David; Valencia, Sheila W.; Wixson, Karen – Theory Into Practice, 2014
In this article, we share with readers our hopes, fears, and predictions for reading assessment in American schools at a critical policy juncture--the production of new assessments to measure achievement of the Common Core State Standards. It isn't just Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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Garcia, Georgia Earnest; Pearson, P. David; Taylor, Barbara M.; Bauer, Eurydice B.; Stahl, Katherine A. D. – Theory Into Practice, 2011
Researchers have reported that two types of instructional approaches--strategy instruction and high-level talk about text--lead to reading comprehension improvement in elementary-age students. One hypothesis is that both approaches have similar student outcomes because they develop high-level thinking about text. This article examines the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Reading Comprehension, Low Income, Teaching Methods