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Molina, Mireya; Briesmaster, Mark – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
For learners of English as a foreign language (EFL), fluency is one of the most difficult aspects to develop within the speaking skills. The Chilean teaching context has witnessed a gradual shift from the traditional grammar-translation approach to a more communicative one, thereby making it necessary to discover new strategies to develop…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Speech Skills
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Yeigh, Maika J. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This essay describes the action research projects and culminating conference for a Graduate Teacher Education Program. Teacher candidates conduct year-long research projects with the dual-goal of building a reflective inquiry stance and improving instructional practice.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Action Research, Conferences (Gatherings), Student Projects
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Heath, Mark R.; Colket, Laura K. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This article is co-written by a high school teacher and a faculty member from a university-based teacher education program. The high school teacher is a graduate of the university's master's degree program, and this article is a reflection of the inquiry he engaged in while he was simultaneously a student and teaching fellow. By asking questions,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Lavalle, Pamela I.; Briesmaster, Mark – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
Teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) encourage students to take a more active role in the oral activities in the classroom through different strategies. This study examines the use of picture descriptions as a strategy to develop and enhance communication skills among the eighth-grade students attending a private English school in…
Descriptors: Pictorial Stimuli, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cadieux Bolden, Danielle; Hurt, June W.; Richardson, Mary Kathleen – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This collaborative action research project was conducted in a second-grade classroom to determine the impact that digital web-based tools would have in helping a school media coordinator scaffold her students' understanding of productive versus nonproductive questions. The digital tools Kahoot, Quizizz, and Socrative were used by the students to…
Descriptors: Action Research, Questioning Techniques, Learning Resources Centers, Media Specialists
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Cue, Erin N.; Casey, Zachary A. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This study seeks to theorize and contextualize what happened in an undergraduate senior capstone course focusing on cultural literacy and critical pedagogy. Through our analysis and critical dialogue we came to recognize that while each cultural literacy circle reported positive outcomes, and positive feelings from group members about how they…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Cultural Literacy, Undergraduate Students
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Lac, Van T. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This qualitative research study employs a teacher action research methodology to study how a teacher develops and implements a critical race pedagogy (CRP) curriculum. CRP pairs the liberatory practices of critical pedagogy (Friere, 1970), such a problem-posing classroom and praxis, with the maxims of critical race theory (Delgado & Stefancic,…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research
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Fulmer, Ellie Fitts; Bodner, Jill – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
With increased frequency, teacher education programs require candidates to engage in practice-based research capstones (e.g., Lattimer, 2012; Mule, 2006). Yet, experience provides evidence that newly credentialed teachers regularly disregard the practice of teacher inquiry immediately after graduation, prompting the authors to ask, "how can…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Inquiry, Curriculum, Research Methodology
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Baker-Ramos, Leslie K. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
The purpose of this teacher inquiry is to explore the effects of signing and gesturing on the expressive language development of non-verbal children. The first phase of my inquiry begins with the observations of several non-verbal students with various etiologies in three different educational settings. The focus of these observations is to…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, American Sign Language, Expressive Language, Language Acquisition
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DiDomenico, James – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This project was conducted as part of the requirement for a practitioner-oriented research course within the author's teacher education degree program at a private nondenominational Midwestern university. The purpose of the project was twofold: (1) to investigate ways in which music can be integrated into the elementary school curriculum; and (2)…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music, Music Education, Music Activities
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Guy, Batsheva R. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This qualitative study explores the attitudes that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) faculty have about active learning (AL), the barriers that STEM faculty face when implementing AL, and what would encourage STEM faculty to use AL. Data was gathered using a modified Group-Level Assessment (GLA), a participatory method meant…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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Stillwell, Christopher – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2016
Solutions to the countless crises middle schools face are typically proposed by policy makers with little actual classroom experience. Meanwhile, essential insights from students on the issues they experience firsthand every day are largely ignored. Youth participatory action research (YPAR) can help, as social researchers collaborate with youth,…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Action Research, School Turnaround
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Pelech, James R. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2016
Implementing the philosophy that students wishing to be teachers must actively experience the practices they may implement themselves, a college professor embarked upon an active research project which explored student perceptions regarding the effectiveness of different quiz platforms. Action research, a cyclic process implemented by teachers for…
Descriptors: Action Research, Test Format, Intermode Differences, Classroom Research
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Morgan, Lori A. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2016
Concern exists regarding civic education and involvement among youth in the United States. Where civic education is still given priority, instructional methods do not necessarily focus on the application of the knowledge gained in real and meaningful ways, which research has shown is critical to develop civic literacy and efficacy. This study…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education), Skill Development
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Kamler, Estelle – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2016
This article reports an action research study that examined the Leadership Study Group, one learning activity designed to build knowledge and skills for aspiring school leaders and implemented in a six-credit introductory course for school leader certification. Through analysis of a variety of qualitative data collected over nine semesters, I…
Descriptors: Action Research, Leadership Training, Learning Activities, Certification
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