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Breaking The “Fourth Wall” In Qualitative Research: Participant-Led Digital Data Construction, Nettie Boivin, Anna CohenMiller 2018 University of Jyvaskyla

Breaking The “Fourth Wall” In Qualitative Research: Participant-Led Digital Data Construction, Nettie Boivin, Anna Cohenmiller

The Qualitative Report

This article reconstructs the typical researcher-participant focus - where the participants are doing for us - instead we followed the participants’ lead in the construction of research. Using a qualitative literacy event case study as an example, we describe how participants unexpectedly co-constructed knowledge through a participant-led digital data collection. In this theoretical article, we provide an explanation of the original study, which used observations, semi-structured interviews, and home visits as a collective qualitative case study on parental participation in social literacy practices. The original investigation led to the important shift that occurred in participant-researcher roles. In this article, using an ethnographic ...


Immigration Policy Impasse As An Actor: A Matter Of Concern For Educators, Tobie L. Bass 2018 The University of Georgia

Immigration Policy Impasse As An Actor: A Matter Of Concern For Educators, Tobie L. Bass

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

This qualitative, ethnographic research inquiry intends to prompt further conversation about how scholar-practitioners in the social sciences approach divisive topics such as immigration policy in teacher education. In the U.S. Southeast, practicing K-12 teachers and the researcher-instructor participated in a federally funded English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) professional development program through a public university. The professional development program’s goal was to advance teachers’ knowledge of working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Although the school district where the study took place has a high population of immigrant students, statewide policies prohibiting immigrant students from higher education ...


Literacy For Life: Daily Reading Effectively Promotes Success (Reps), Karen Washington, Terecia Gill 2018 John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center

Literacy For Life: Daily Reading Effectively Promotes Success (Reps), Karen Washington, Terecia Gill

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Literacy is at the heart of basic education and essential for eradicating poverty, achieving equality, and ensuring that all students have the opportunity for lifelong success. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers will be fascinated by the simple, but effective strategy for improving the literacy skills of students at risk through authentic, highly-engaging daily “REPS” activities in every class.


A Teaching-Learning Grant Initiative: Developing The Critical Literacy Instructional Abilities Of Pre-Service Educators, Anne Katz Ph.D., Vivian Bynoe 2018 Assistant Professor of Reading, Department of Childhood and Exceptional Student Education, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong campus

A Teaching-Learning Grant Initiative: Developing The Critical Literacy Instructional Abilities Of Pre-Service Educators, Anne Katz Ph.D., Vivian Bynoe

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Pre-service educators in a section of "Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts" were introduced to the concept of critical literacy. Throughout the course of the semester, students were provided with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of this framework through a series of discussions around the young adult novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? (Abdel-Fattah, 2008). Guest speakers— in the form of a local high school student who recently began wearing a hijab to school, as well as a visiting scholar who specializes in critical literacy—expanded students’ perspectives. Results of a pre and post-test, as ...


Using A Shared Vocabulary To Teach Key Qualities Of Good Writing In A Fourth Grade Classroom, Kristi Schoppe 2018 Rowan University

Using A Shared Vocabulary To Teach Key Qualities Of Good Writing In A Fourth Grade Classroom, Kristi Schoppe

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research is to investigate what happens when teachers replace traditional grammar instruction methods with small group guided instruction focused on a set of vocabulary terms used in writing. The vocabulary terms represent the key qualities of writing; the terms for teachers and students is word choice, ideas, conventions, organization, voice, sentence fluency, role, audience, format, and topic. This study aims to learn more about this topic by investigating how using a shared vocabulary during writing instruction in a fourth grade classroom will engage students longer to improve their writing through the writing process.


Book Review: Duran, C. (2017). Language And Literacy In Refugee Families. United Kingdom, Uk: Palgrave Macmillan. 226 Pp. Isbn: 978-1-137-58754-1, Nguyen Dao 2018 University of Texas at San Antonio

Book Review: Duran, C. (2017). Language And Literacy In Refugee Families. United Kingdom, Uk: Palgrave Macmillan. 226 Pp. Isbn: 978-1-137-58754-1, Nguyen Dao

Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement

Book Review by Nguyen Dao: Duran, C. (2017). Language and Literacy in Refugee Families. United Kingdom, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.


When Writing Becomes Nightmare: Helping Students Pinpoint Writing Topics, Carla Capelo 2018 California State University, San Bernardino

When Writing Becomes Nightmare: Helping Students Pinpoint Writing Topics, Carla Capelo

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

When deciding on topics for academic research papers, many students face difficulties that vary from choosing themes whose scope is too extensive to be satisfactorily analyzed in the given task, to selecting topics that are too limited, to not being able to make a decision on a topic at all. Such struggles seem to manifest themselves in both native and non-native speakers of English. Despite extensive research on the writing process and its strategies, be it for academic writing or other genres, and even research focused on writers’ difficulties, previous research has found little about the troubles students must overcome ...


Creating A Culture Of Literacy: Strengthening The Core Of Secondary Reading Instruction, Karen C. Waters, Charles Britton 2018 Sacred Heart University

Creating A Culture Of Literacy: Strengthening The Core Of Secondary Reading Instruction, Karen C. Waters, Charles Britton

Karen C. Waters

The purpose of this paper is to articulate a plan to provide high quality literacy instruction in secondary content area classes that will yield the highest impact on student learning while addressing the needs of the lowest-performing students whose literacy needs cannot be ignored. This will necessitate a restructuring of the three-tiered format within which a systems approach for school improvement embeds a well-defined professional learning plan, and strong collaboration among content area teachers, reading professionals, and special educators to collaborate on the delivery of differentiated, cross-curricular instructional supports.


Creating A Culture Of Literacy: Strengthening The Core Of Secondary Reading Instruction, Karen C. Waters, Charles Britton 2018 Sacred Heart University

Creating A Culture Of Literacy: Strengthening The Core Of Secondary Reading Instruction, Karen C. Waters, Charles Britton

Charles Britton

The purpose of this paper is to articulate a plan to provide high quality literacy instruction in secondary content area classes that will yield the highest impact on student learning while addressing the needs of the lowest-performing students whose literacy needs cannot be ignored. This will necessitate a restructuring of the three-tiered format within which a systems approach for school improvement embeds a well-defined professional learning plan, and strong collaboration among content area teachers, reading professionals, and special educators to collaborate on the delivery of differentiated, cross-curricular instructional supports.


University American Sign Language Learners: Longitudinal Self- And Faculty Evaluation Ratings, Jennifer S. Beal, Nanci A. Scheetz, Jessica W. Trussell, Andrew McAllister, Jason D. Listman 2018 Valdosta State University

University American Sign Language Learners: Longitudinal Self- And Faculty Evaluation Ratings, Jennifer S. Beal, Nanci A. Scheetz, Jessica W. Trussell, Andrew Mcallister, Jason D. Listman

Journal of Interpretation

Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) represent a small yet diverse population of students with individual needs who often receive educational services provided by sign language interpreters and teachers of the Deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH). Many interpreters and teachers appear unprepared to model fluent American Sign Language (ASL) skills when working with D/HH students who use sign language for communication and instruction. We investigated the ASL skills of 19 interpreting and Deaf education candidates within one university preparation program at two points in time: the end of ASL I class (Time 1) and ...


Blind Date Poetry: Introducing Poetry To Today’S High School Students, Amy Rottmann 2018 Lenoir-Rhyne University

Blind Date Poetry: Introducing Poetry To Today’S High School Students, Amy Rottmann

Journal of Educational Research and Practice

This study examined an early college high school English teacher's instructional method of introducing poetry through Blind Date Poetry. Blind Date Poetry was created by the teacher to introduce her students to 25 poems in a 90-min class session. The study was to find if the poetry introduction engaged and motivated students to learn poetry. The collected data showed that students preferred autonomy, quick decision-making, and personal interest when being introduced to poetry. Also, the instructional method increased students’ engagement and motivation to learn about the poems they had chosen.


Using Wordless Picture Books To Develop Oral Language Skills With Kindergarten Students, Jennifer M. Natale 2018 Rowan University

Using Wordless Picture Books To Develop Oral Language Skills With Kindergarten Students, Jennifer M. Natale

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to study the oral language development of the average kindergartner, through the use of wordless picture books, as he or she is provided with practice in which to build oral language. The specific aim is to implore whether the addition of oral language activities using wordless picture books, into the regular kindergarten program, will enable students to better express themselves orally through storytelling, as well as to transfer that skill into orally dictating a written story. This study is significant in that, as academic demands increase in the kindergarten classroom, it appears that students ...


Utilizing Series Books As A Vehicle To Cultivate Motivation And Reading Development In Literature Circles, Heather E. Guerci 2018 Rowan University

Utilizing Series Books As A Vehicle To Cultivate Motivation And Reading Development In Literature Circles, Heather E. Guerci

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to document the changes in student achievement, motivation, and engagement. The specific aim is to see what happens when series books are discussed in literature circles. Engagement during literature circles, growth in reading level, and behaviors exhibited during the literature circle discussions are analyzed. The focus group of students demonstrated changes in their reading preferences and level of motivation to read texts. Implications for utilizing series books in literature circles are discussed.


Pre-Service Efl Teachers’ Experiences In Teaching Practicum In Rural Schools In Indonesia, Heri Mudra 2018 State Islamic Institute of Kerinci, Indonesia

Pre-Service Efl Teachers’ Experiences In Teaching Practicum In Rural Schools In Indonesia, Heri Mudra

The Qualitative Report

A teaching practicum is officially offered to pre-service English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, randomly selected for either urban or rural schools. The study aims to describe and disseminate the obstacles experienced by those teaching English in rural schools during their Teaching Practicum Program (TTP). Seventeen pre-service teachers participated in the qualitative study. Interviews and observations were the main methods of data collection. The results reveal that the obstacles faced by the pre-service EFL teachers were around classroom management, learning materials or resources, teaching aids or media, teaching methods, learners' English skills, choice of language use, slow internet connectivity, learners ...


The Effectiveness Of Rotated Centers During A Reading Block For Students With Learning Disabilities, Stacey B. Robinson 2018 Rowan University

The Effectiveness Of Rotated Centers During A Reading Block For Students With Learning Disabilities, Stacey B. Robinson

Theses and Dissertations

Selecting the most efficient reading program for students with special learning disabilities has become a challenge in schools today. Currently the programs that are being produced today are either in a traditional or conventional format, which are typically designed for mainstream and general education students. Neither platform gives much thought to students with learning disabilities. The traditional and conventional reading framework is block teaching for sixty minutes. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of modifying a traditional or conventional reading framework by incorporating reading stations for students with special learning disabilities. This study was conducted over ...


Pipeline To Failure: Social Inequality And The False Promises Of American Public Schooling, Adia Wilson 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Pipeline To Failure: Social Inequality And The False Promises Of American Public Schooling, Adia Wilson

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

My experience as a New York City public school student was absolutely electrifying, though filled with many trials. While my mother would have preferred to put me in private school, having access to some of the world’s greatest institutions and resources offered unique opportunities and exposures. The performing arts provided me with an outlet to express myself and build skills and confidence. In particular, dance education kept me occupied and disciplined in a large city full of danger. Every so often, I witnessed hostile, or even violent exchanges between students, or students and staff. While some of my schoolmates ...


Inaccurate Metacognitive Monitoring And Its Effects On Metacognitive Control And Task Outcomes In Self-Regulated L2 Learning, Jim Ranalli 2018 Iowa State University

Inaccurate Metacognitive Monitoring And Its Effects On Metacognitive Control And Task Outcomes In Self-Regulated L2 Learning, Jim Ranalli

English Publications

Accurate metacognitive monitoring of one’s own knowledge or performance is a precondition for self-regulated learning; monitoring informs metacognitive control, which in turn affects task outcomes. Studies of monitoring accuracy and its connection to knowledge and performance are common in psychology and educational research but rare in instructed SLA. This paper describes two studies in which actual performance and self-evaluated performance were compared. In Study 1, 64 college-level ESL learners completed L2 vocabulary tasks that differed in complexity and familiarity. Wide discrepancies in monitoring accuracy were observed. In Study 2, the same sample was divided into two groups, and the ...


Incidental Learning Of L2 Technical Vocabulary Through Repeated Reading Of Academic Texts, Yuning Wang 2018 The University of Western Ontario

Incidental Learning Of L2 Technical Vocabulary Through Repeated Reading Of Academic Texts, Yuning Wang

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This is a case study investigating the effect of repeated reading of academic texts on incidental learning of L2 technical vocabulary. The impact of factors such as frequency of encounters and pictorial contexts on incidental learning of L2 technical vocabulary was also examined. Five adult EAP students were required to read academic texts from different disciplines multiple number of times. Participants’ vocabulary gains in receptive knowledge of form-meaning connection and productive knowledge of written form were measured. The results indicated that repeated reading of academic texts promotes incidental learning of L2 technical vocabulary. However, it is also necessary to be ...


Effectiveness Of A Suggested Program Based Electronic Thinking Maps On Developing Grammatical Concepts, Grammatical Skills And Grammatical Self-Efficacy For Foreign Arabic Language Learners, Ali Abdul-Mohsen Elhudaybi 2018 university of Assuit

Effectiveness Of A Suggested Program Based Electronic Thinking Maps On Developing Grammatical Concepts, Grammatical Skills And Grammatical Self-Efficacy For Foreign Arabic Language Learners, Ali Abdul-Mohsen Elhudaybi

International Journal for Research in Education

Abstract:

The present research aimed at preparing a suggested programme based on electronic thinking maps to develop grammatical concepts, grammatical skills and grammatical self-efficacy for foreign Arabic language learners. In this regard, an electronic thinking maps strategy was developed to combine between advantages of both the thinking map strategy presented by David Hyerle and technology integration in teaching. Both qualitative and quasi-experimental research methodologies were employed. The research sample consisted of 150 foreign learners of third grade at Institute of Arabic Language Learning to Foreigners at Islamic University in Almadina: 118 as a piloting sample and 32 as an experimental ...


Using A Culturally Responsive Approach To Shared Reading, Elizabeth A. Procida 2018 Rowan University

Using A Culturally Responsive Approach To Shared Reading, Elizabeth A. Procida

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to investigate and document changes in the motivation and engagement of basic skills students. The specific goal was to determine whether or not the replacement of purchased traditional intervention texts with authentic multicultural texts affected motivation in a basic skills classroom.

The intervention group of students during enrichment period demonstrated motivation to read and enhanced the way they saw themselves as readers. There was a renewed interest in literacy when experienced as an active activity. The implications discussed were for a culturally responsive shared reading environment.


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