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Courage In The Classroom: The Impact Of Social Emotional Learning On Student Perceptions Of Courage, Erin M. Birden May 2020

Courage In The Classroom: The Impact Of Social Emotional Learning On Student Perceptions Of Courage, Erin M. Birden

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This study was designed to gather information regarding the impact of social emotional learning (SEL) programming with a specific focus on student perceptions of courage. There is limited research in the field of education that characterizes courage. The researcher sought to understand perceptions of SEL competencies between students who were involved in an SEL lesson-driven condition that met particular inclusion criteria and students in a comparison group that also met specific inclusion criteria, as well as to uncover patterns in students’ thoughts about courage. A sample of convenience was comprised of fourth and fifth grade students from one state in ...


An Investigation Of Teacher And Administrator Perceptions Of Blended Learning: Implementation, Student Learning, And Professional Development, Matthew A. Correia May 2016

An Investigation Of Teacher And Administrator Perceptions Of Blended Learning: Implementation, Student Learning, And Professional Development, Matthew A. Correia

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Blended learning is an instructional approach to teaching that has been part of the education field for several years. While the concept of blended learning has been around for many years, a common definition of this concept fails to exist. In the past, blended learning was considered to be the technological component that was part of the classroom lesson, however, it may also be considered a combination of instructional approaches that includes technological components.

Utilizing a qualitative approach, this phenomenological study was used to examine the perceptions of teachers and administrators with regards to their understanding of how the concept ...


Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin May 2015

Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin

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The purpose of this qualitative, multiple-case study was to investigate the catalysts and barriers related to implementing inquiry-based instruction in elementary school from the perspective of third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers. The participants included five teachers who were frequent inquiry users, and four teachers who were infrequent inquiry users. The subjects were interviewed about their teaching styles and beliefs about education, understandings and use of inquiry-based learning, feelings about instructional change, personal experience with inquiry as students, problem-solving preferences, and opinions about the catalysts and barriers to teacher use of inquiry. Each subject was observed and rated on the ...


An Investigation Of The Factors That Influence Students’ Long Term Application Of Environmental Literacy Skills, Helena Nitowski May 2015

An Investigation Of The Factors That Influence Students’ Long Term Application Of Environmental Literacy Skills, Helena Nitowski

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Schools today are commissioned to provide students with a solid foundation in global citizenship. Future leaders must be knowledgeable problem solvers who can apply those skills to better the world. An awareness of global issues along with a sense of urgency and strength to act are needed for the welfare of all. The achievement of these goals must promote active involvement both at the personal and community levels. This research study investigated the factors related to the long-term environmental literacy skills of students who attended a school with an international and global studies curriculum. Within that curriculum, focus was placed ...


The Impact Of A Persistence Intervention On The Mathematical Self-Perceptions Of Male And Female Fourth And Fifth Grade Students, Jennifer L. Anaclerio May 2015

The Impact Of A Persistence Intervention On The Mathematical Self-Perceptions Of Male And Female Fourth And Fifth Grade Students, Jennifer L. Anaclerio

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This research explored the impact of an intervention designed to increase fourth and fifth grade students’ persistence in mathematics on their mathematical self-perceptions. The researcher utilized a quasi-experimental design in which intact classrooms were randomly assigned to treatment or comparison conditions, as well as follow-up survey methodology. Students in the treatment group received prescriptive informational feedback in mathematical notebooks from their teachers, were taught that abilities are expandable and improvable, and were exposed to role models that taught about the importance of persistence, while students in the comparison group received a traditional mathematics curriculum. The persistence intervention occurred over the ...


An Investigation Of The Student Use Of Tactual Learning-Style Preference Techniques And Student Self-Perception, Patricia A. Zangle May 2015

An Investigation Of The Student Use Of Tactual Learning-Style Preference Techniques And Student Self-Perception, Patricia A. Zangle

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Students across the United States are routinely administered state assessments to measure academic progress in the grade level they have been assigned. These tests have become the measure of a district or school's ability to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Many students are not able to attain the expected of level of proficiency. In 20II in rural high-need school districts in New York State,43 percent of third through fifth grade students did not make AYP in mathematics (non-AYP students; New York State Education Department, 20ll). The Common Core Standards have been implemented to ensure that students graduating from ...


The Effects Of Targeted English Language Arts Instruction Using Multimedia Applications On Grade Three Students’ Reading Comprehension, Attitude Toward Computers, And Attitude Toward School, Mathew Swerdloff May 2013

The Effects Of Targeted English Language Arts Instruction Using Multimedia Applications On Grade Three Students’ Reading Comprehension, Attitude Toward Computers, And Attitude Toward School, Mathew Swerdloff

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the specific effects of targeted English Language Arts (ELA) instruction using multimedia applications. Student reading comprehension, student attitude toward computers, and student attitude toward school were measured in this study. The study also examined the perceptions, of selected students, of the use of these applications. In this study, targeted ELA instruction was compared to similar instruction of ELA skills with the addition of multimedia software applications.

In this study a sampling of grade 3 students in a medium-sized suburban school district received 10 weeks of targeted ELA instruction using traditional teaching methods ...


Literature Response Blogs And Summer Literacy: Exploring Summer Reading Setback And Reading Motivation Of 3rd Grade Developing Readers, Joanne Donnelly Galdo May 2013

Literature Response Blogs And Summer Literacy: Exploring Summer Reading Setback And Reading Motivation Of 3rd Grade Developing Readers, Joanne Donnelly Galdo

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This study investigated the impact of Web 2.0-based literature response blogs on summer reading loss and student reading motivation. There is limited empirical research that connects summer reading and the use of social media as a means of maintaining reading levels of elementary aged students during out-of-school time. This study attempted to explore whether the use of blogging as a means of written response with summer reading curbed summer reading loss and influenced student motivation to read for students identified as developing readers.

The research took place in two small, suburban towns in the Northeast from May 2011 to ...


I Too Have A Voice: The Literacy Experiences Of Black Boys Engaging With And Responding To African American Literature Depicting Black Males, Merle B. Rumble May 2013

I Too Have A Voice: The Literacy Experiences Of Black Boys Engaging With And Responding To African American Literature Depicting Black Males, Merle B. Rumble

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This study examined how the use of African American literature that depicts Black males influences the reading comprehension and the reading motivation of Black boys as demonstrated through oral, written, and creative expressions. Studies have been conducted using children’s literature with Black boys to examine their social interaction with the literature. However, there is limited research with Black boys interacting with African American literature depicting African American males. This research built upon and extended previous studies to determine the impact of the use of African American literature depicting Black males as an instructional strategy to influence the reading comprehension ...


The Effects Of Parental Use Of Learning-Style Preference Strategies On Parent And Student Attitudes Toward Homework Assistance And Student Academic Self-Perception, Stacy Ewings Aug 2012

The Effects Of Parental Use Of Learning-Style Preference Strategies On Parent And Student Attitudes Toward Homework Assistance And Student Academic Self-Perception, Stacy Ewings

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This study examined parent attitudes when assisting with elementary school students’ homework, comparing parents who used learning-style preference strategies with parents who used traditional homework strategies. The study also examined the attitudes toward homework and the academic self-perception of elementary students.

Teachers often expect parents to become involved in their child’s homework, but many parents are unsure of the strategies to use when helping. This study used an experimental research design. Participating in the study were 68 parents and 66 students randomly assigned to either the treatment or comparison group. The experimental parent group received data on their own ...


An Examination Of The Factors Related To Elementary School Classroom Teachers' Self-Efficacy And The Impact Of Self-Efficacy Beliefs On Teaching Outcomes In Science, Deborah Ann Mumford May 2012

An Examination Of The Factors Related To Elementary School Classroom Teachers' Self-Efficacy And The Impact Of Self-Efficacy Beliefs On Teaching Outcomes In Science, Deborah Ann Mumford

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This study examined kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school teachers’ self-efficacy regarding classroom science teaching and then related these findings to the daily instructional methods that these teachers use when teaching science. Survey methodology was used to explore the perceptions of elementary school teachers (n = 143) regarding science teaching, specifically relating these perceptions to a number of factors: gender, number of years of experience teaching science, grade level taught, number of elective undergraduate science courses, highest degree earned, and whether or not the participants had earned a science degree. In addition, participants’ self-efficacy was used to predict teachers’ frequency of ...


An Examination Of The Spiritual Intelligence And Social And Emotional Learning Skills Of Public School Students In An Urban District, Gail Deblasio May 2012

An Examination Of The Spiritual Intelligence And Social And Emotional Learning Skills Of Public School Students In An Urban District, Gail Deblasio

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A growing body of evidence has suggested that the factors determining academic success are not limited to the cognitive realm alone. Students bring to the classroom their natural talents, as well as all of their previous experiences, joys, sorrows, hopes and dreams. Obtaining the essential social and emotional learning skills to meet the challenges of life and persevere academically is a foundation pivotal to future success.

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between spiritual intelligence and the level of students’ social and emotional learning skills in an effort to gain insight into the effect one may ...


Éxito: Factors Contributing To Second Grade Latina/O American Students’ Successful Acquisition Of The Discourse Of School, Emily Ramos May 2012

Éxito: Factors Contributing To Second Grade Latina/O American Students’ Successful Acquisition Of The Discourse Of School, Emily Ramos

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This study presented a description of the social and cultural factors that contributed to the academic success of second grade Latina/o American students. The manner in which students whose primary Discourse differs from the dominant Discourse acquire the secondary Discourse of school is explained. This study views the school experience through the eyes of the children and acknowledged the courage that needs to be mustered in order to confront the multiple challenges that a Latina/o student faces each and every day of school. It is not only the different language but the implications of the new culture as ...


An Examination Of Attitudes Toward Mathematics In Student And Parent Self-Perceptions, Holli M. Levy May 2011

An Examination Of Attitudes Toward Mathematics In Student And Parent Self-Perceptions, Holli M. Levy

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The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes toward mathematics of students in upper elementary school and middle school. Their perceptions were analyzed by grade level, gender, and in comparison to the attitudes of their parents (or primary care givers). What teachers, administrators, and support staff do in the classroom is a vital element in the development of attitudes and achievement in the area of mathematics for all students. When the child leaves the school environs, he or she is exposed to a myriad of behaviors, attitudes, and opportunities with respect to mathematics, both positive and negative. Since ...


Effects Of Fast Forword On Phonological Awareness And Rapid Naming Skills Of At-Risk Students, Barbara Boller May 2010

Effects Of Fast Forword On Phonological Awareness And Rapid Naming Skills Of At-Risk Students, Barbara Boller

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The current study examined the efficacy of Fast ForWord, a computer-based intervention designed to improve the auditory processing skills associated with language development and the subsequent acquisition of reading skills. The study used a randomized pre-test and post-test control design to examine the impact of Fast ForWord on the phonological awareness and rapid naming skills, of students who have failed to meet proficiency on the Connecticut Mastery Test in Reading as measured by the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing. The sample was recruited from a target population of 78 students from an urban school, between grades four and eight who ...


The Effects Of Reading And Discussing Poetry On Fifth Grade Students’ Motivation To Read And Vocabulary Achievement, Timothy J. Leonard May 2010

The Effects Of Reading And Discussing Poetry On Fifth Grade Students’ Motivation To Read And Vocabulary Achievement, Timothy J. Leonard

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This study examined the effects of reading and discussing of poetry in a fifth grade setting in a suburban school district in the Northeast. A protocol designed by Nancie Atwell (2006) was used as the treatment in the study utilizing a pretest posttest quasi-experimental design. The sample of convenience (n = 141) was drawn from the fifth grade in a suburban school district in the Northeast. All students were administered the Motivation to Read Profile (Gambrell, Palmer, Codling, & Mazzoni, 1996) to measure their levels of motivation prior to treatment implementation. Form S of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test: Vocabulary Subtest (MacGinitie, MacGinitie ...


An Examination Of An Early Intervention Reading Program Focusing On The Progress Monitoring Of Literacy Skills And The Reading Self-Concepts Of Struggling Readers, Teresa C. Samuelson May 2010

An Examination Of An Early Intervention Reading Program Focusing On The Progress Monitoring Of Literacy Skills And The Reading Self-Concepts Of Struggling Readers, Teresa C. Samuelson

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The purpose of this study was to examine progress monitoring, reading self-concept, and the literacy skills of first and second grade struggling readers. Progress monitoring is an instructional process used by teachers to assess students’ academic performance on a regular basis, typically weekly or monthly. When based on the skill level of the student, the targeted remediation, and the goals of the intervention, progress monitoring may be used with various reading interventions. The use of progress monitoring is central to good decision-making in a Response to Intervention model.

Academic self-concept has become an integral part of education. Connections have been ...


Comparison Of The Learning Styles Of Students With Autism Versus Typical Elementary-School Students, Diana Friedlander May 2010

Comparison Of The Learning Styles Of Students With Autism Versus Typical Elementary-School Students, Diana Friedlander

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Developing successful educational opportunities for students with autism has long been a challenge for educators. Although medical research is making great strides in the treatment and etiology of autism, as more and more students with autism are learning alongside their peers in the general education classroom the struggle to find effective teaching methods increases. This challenge may well be due to the fact that students with autism have unusual intellectual and academic skills profiles making it difficult for teachers to accurately assess students and align curriculum. Educators must develop proficiency in carefully evaluating profiles of ability for children with autism ...


An Investigation Of The Relationship Between Learning Styles Of Fifth Grade Elementary School Students And Their Music Composition Processes And Products, Nora Marie Marrinan May 2010

An Investigation Of The Relationship Between Learning Styles Of Fifth Grade Elementary School Students And Their Music Composition Processes And Products, Nora Marie Marrinan

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This researcher sought to investigate the relationship between perceptual learning modalities of fifth grade elementary school students and their compositional processes and products. Music composition, at the elementary school level, has been studied for many years, as the creation of new music can give students a more active role in learning, and in many cases, a greater understanding of musical concepts than can performing and responding alone. However, there is no research to suggest that learning styles play an important role in music composition processes and products of the elementary school student.

The purpose of this study was to determine ...


The Effects Of Using Four Powerful Comprehension Strategies In A Gradual Release Lesson Design And Learning-Style Preferences On Reading Comprehension And Self-Perception Of Struggling Readers, Laura J. Mead May 2010

The Effects Of Using Four Powerful Comprehension Strategies In A Gradual Release Lesson Design And Learning-Style Preferences On Reading Comprehension And Self-Perception Of Struggling Readers, Laura J. Mead

Education Dissertations

This study examined the impact of the Four Powerful Comprehension Strategies on comprehension achievement and reader self-perception of struggling readers in grades three, four, and five. The study also observed the relationship between the intervention and learning-style processing preferences. There is a need for effective reading intervention at the intermediate level to teach struggling readers how to efficiently manage the complexities of comprehension.

This study utilized an experimental research methodology. The 63 participants were the total number of struggling readers identified at one elementary school in an urban school district. All subjects were randomly assigned to the experimental group or ...


The Effects Of Metacognitive Awareness On The Development Of Mathematical Problem-Solving Skills In Fourth-Grade Homework Assignments, Susan C. Shaw May 2008

The Effects Of Metacognitive Awareness On The Development Of Mathematical Problem-Solving Skills In Fourth-Grade Homework Assignments, Susan C. Shaw

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Presently, research is questioning the value of homework, especially at the elementary level. One reason homework is considered important is that it allows for the opportunity to practice and reinforce skills. Currently, elementary students in the United States are assigned homework in mathematics three or more times a week. Since homework assignments extend learning beyond the classroom environment, these assignments need to demonstrate an effective use of students’ and teachers’ time and energy.

Research has shown that mathematical problem-solving skills improve when students are metacognitively aware of the process they follow as they solve these problems, and this metacognitive awareness ...


The Relationship Between Writing Achievement, Writing Self-Efficacy, Writing Apprehension And Perceived Value Of Writing By Gender For Third-Grade Students In A Suburban School District, Joan Marie Mcgettigan May 2008

The Relationship Between Writing Achievement, Writing Self-Efficacy, Writing Apprehension And Perceived Value Of Writing By Gender For Third-Grade Students In A Suburban School District, Joan Marie Mcgettigan

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Writing requires strong motivation to persevere through the unique problem solving and self-monitoring process required for a successful execution of the task. Results of writing achievement research often reveal a gender gap. Typically, girls outperform boys at local, state, national, and international writing assessments. This study examined the relationship between writing achievement ability and writing motivation by gender for third-grade students in a suburban school district. This study is important due to a dearth of information on academic motivation in the domain of writing because what does exist is usually focused on students from middle school to college age, not ...


The Effects Of Visual Thinking Strategies On Reading Achievement Of Students With Varying Levels Of Motivation, Rima R. Zelvis May 2008

The Effects Of Visual Thinking Strategies On Reading Achievement Of Students With Varying Levels Of Motivation, Rima R. Zelvis

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This study examined the effects of the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) curriculum on reading achievement of students with various motivational levels. A 2X2 factorial design was used. The sample population consisted of 104 fourth grade students from an upper middle class school system in Connecticut. All students were administered a Motivation to Read Profile to measure their levels of motivation. Form S of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test served as a pretest to measure reading achievement prior to treatment. The pretest score was used as a covariate to control for initial reading levels. Both the experimental and the control groups received ...


Student Perceptions Of The Development Of Mathematical Self-Efficacy In The Context Of The Instructional Setting And Problem Solving Activities, Christine M. Salon May 2008

Student Perceptions Of The Development Of Mathematical Self-Efficacy In The Context Of The Instructional Setting And Problem Solving Activities, Christine M. Salon

Education Dissertations

This multi-case qualitative study, conducted in two elementary schools, observed the self-efficacy experiences of 67 5th grade mathematics students in daily lessons. Four classrooms were observed a total of 40 times for 30 minutes each. Two classrooms each used traditional instructional materials and standards-based instructional materials. Problem solving activity, interviews, a self-efficacy survey, and analysis of student work samples and teacher instruction materials were used to confirm information gathered through observation.

Analysis of information sources resulted in the development of four major constructs: social learning, feedback, modeling, and strategy use. Both groups experienced each construct however, students in standards-based classrooms ...


The Effects Of Literacy Coaching On Teacher Strategy Use And Student Reading Comprehension, Jennifer Falcone Mitchell May 2008

The Effects Of Literacy Coaching On Teacher Strategy Use And Student Reading Comprehension, Jennifer Falcone Mitchell

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of literacy coaching on teacher strategy use and student reading comprehension. A convenience sample of 20 third-grade teachers and their students (n=330) participated in this study. Literacy coaches were identified as experts in the area of literacy, reading, and teaching methodologies. They provided job-embedded staff development to teachers with the intent of improving teacher effectiveness and student learning. The coaching consisted of three levels (in-class coaching, consultant coaching, and no coaching). Before treatment, the researcher provided an initial 3-hour presentation on summarization, the instructional focus of the study. Then ...