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Marchand, Gwen C.; Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Linnenbrink-Garcia, Lisa; Harris, Christopher J.; McKinney, David; Liu, Pei Pei – Theory Into Practice, 2022
Decades of motivation research have yielded a set of Motivation Design Principles (MDPs) that can be leveraged to support the development of student motivation and engagement in the classroom. This article addresses the translation of these guiding principles to teacher professional learning and subsequently, classroom practice. Drawing from…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Curriculum Development
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Flores, Tracey T.; Springer, Sandra – Theory Into Practice, 2021
Humanizing family engagement practices seek to foster the community cultural wealth and funds of knowledge to working with and for immigrant families and communities. In this manuscript we explore asset-based theories for working alongside families and communities in our schools, with a focus on classroom examples for involving parents and…
Descriptors: Cultural Maintenance, Family Involvement, Curriculum Development, Culturally Relevant Education
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Mirra, Nicole; Kelly, Lauren Leigh; Garcia, Antero – Theory Into Practice, 2021
A confluence of circumstances in US public life, including the proliferation of digital media outlets, the diminished role of information gatekeepers, and entrenched ideological polarization, have made one of the core competencies of political engagement -- staying informed about current events -- an increasingly fraught endeavor. Fears about…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Media Literacy, Politics, Misconceptions
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Gunckel, Kristin L. – Theory Into Practice, 2019
The heterogendered cultural discourse that privileges heterosexuality and normalizes sexual and gender binaries damages the science knowledge and opportunities to engage in science learning that children experience in elementary school science. This article analyzes a typical science lesson on crayfish to show how the heterogendered obsession with…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Sex Fairness, Science Education, Inclusion
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Cote, Kyle; Emmett, Tara – Theory Into Practice, 2015
This article discusses the ePortfolio system for grades 9-12 at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). ePortfolio implementation at VLACS developed from an Advisory course curriculum that supports students' journey toward becoming college, career, and citizenship ready. We provide a unique perspective for implementation in that VLACS…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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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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Tan, Aik-Ling; Leong, Woon Foong – Theory Into Practice, 2014
Specialized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) schools create niche areas in an attempt to attract the best students, establish the school status, and justify their privilege to valuable resources. One Singapore STEM school does this in applied science learning to differentiate its curriculum from the national prescribed…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), STEM Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation
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Sikma, Lynn; Osborne, Margery – Theory Into Practice, 2014
Elementary schools in the United States have been the terrain of a highly politicized push for improved reading and mathematics attainment, as well as calls for increased importance to be given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With priorities placed on basic skills, however, instructional time in subjects such as…
Descriptors: Magnet Schools, STEM Education, Educational Planning, Elementary Education
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Bissaker, Kerry – Theory Into Practice, 2014
The Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) is a purpose-built innovative senior secondary school situated on the grounds of Flinders University, South Australia. The school was established to address declining enrollments in senior secondary mathematics and science, students' negative attitudes, a shortage of qualified science,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Teacher Education
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McGinnis, J. Randy – Theory Into Practice, 2013
A fundamental social justice issue worldwide is how to meet the needs of all learners, especially those with special needs who historically have faced discrimination, exclusion, and oppression due to special needs (physical, cognitive, or behavioral dimensions). This article focuses on the key questions that researchers interested in improving…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Social Justice, Disabilities, Equal Education
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Luke, Allan; Woods, Annette; Dooley, Karen – Theory Into Practice, 2011
This article reframes the concept of comprehension as a social and intellectual practice. It reviews current approaches to reading instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse, indigenous and low socioeconomic students (SES), noting an emphasis on comprehension as autonomous skills. The four resources model (Freebody & Luke, 1990) is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Metros, Susan E. – Theory Into Practice, 2008
Contemporary culture has become increasingly dependent on the visual, especially for its capacity to communicate instantly and universally. Advances in technology fueled this shift. Students must learn to cope with and intelligently contribute to a culture rife with easy access to the visually rich Web, photo dependant social networks, video…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Media Literacy, Multimedia Instruction, Computer Literacy
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Jetton, Tamara L.; Cancienne, Mary Beth; Greever, Brenda – Theory Into Practice, 2008
This article is a descriptive account of a professional learning community established among university professors, university teacher candidates, a school district instructional supervisor, the high school principal, a high school literacy coordinator, and teachers of a Mid-Atlantic high school in the United States. This learning community…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, High Schools, Principals, Literacy
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Hughes, Eileen – Theory Into Practice, 2007
Principles of the Reggio Emilia approach are a catalyst for thinking about practices in early childhood education. Teachers in the child care system of Reggio Emilia encourage us to think about our image of childhood and the ways we interact with children, plan curriculum, and design environments. This article examines experiences in a rural…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Cultural Context, Children
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New, Rebecca S. – Theory Into Practice, 2007
This article situates Reggio Emilia's municipally funded early childhood program within the city's cultural traditions of resistance and collaboration and considers what it is about this highly localized program that is appealing and useful to contemporary school reform initiatives. Five features of Reggio Emilia's approach to early education are…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Researchers, School Restructuring, Child Development
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