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A Response To Dancis, Margaret Schaffer Dec 1999

A Response To Dancis, Margaret Schaffer

Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal

No abstract provided.


A Qualitative Study Of A Team-Teaching Classroom And A Traditional One-Teacher Classroom In An Elementary School Setting, Johnny D. Thompson Dec 1999

A Qualitative Study Of A Team-Teaching Classroom And A Traditional One-Teacher Classroom In An Elementary School Setting, Johnny D. Thompson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study describes two heterogeneously grouped second-grade classrooms during the 1998-99 school year. One class featured collaborative team teaching, and the second class was taught by a traditional single teacher. There were 33 regular education students and nine at-risk students in the team classroom and 14 regular education students and eight at-risk students in the one-teacher classroom. One hundred three interviews were conducted with 21 students in the team classroom and 18 students in the one-teacher classroom, with 13 parents, with three teachers, and with the school principal. The researcher observed the two classes 61 times from September to May ...


The Association Between Learning Styles And Academic Difficulty, Mary B. Vorrasi Dec 1999

The Association Between Learning Styles And Academic Difficulty, Mary B. Vorrasi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis examined students’ Jungian learning styles to determine if a significant association exists between dominant learning style and the occurrence and severity of academic difficulty. Learning style was put into four groups based upon learning-type theory; sensing-thinking, intuitive-thinking, sensing-feeling, and intuitive feeling. Thirty third and fourth grade students from a public elementary school in central New York aged 8-10 years old were given the Learning Preference Inventory (LPI) to determine their dominant, auxiliary, supporting, and least-used styles of learning. Amount and severity of academic difficulty was determined by the use of three academic support services available at the school ...


Students' Mental Models Of Electricity In Simple Dc Circuits, Andrew C. Isolain Dec 1999

Students' Mental Models Of Electricity In Simple Dc Circuits, Andrew C. Isolain

Dissertations

This study presents the results of research into middle school students’ knowledge about the nature and mechanisms of action of electricity in simple DC circuits. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders (n=99) were asked a series of questions about the roles of bulbs, batteries, wires, and electricity in circuits. Almost half the number of students (n=42) were found to have used detailed, well-defined, and logically consistent mental models based on their responses. A total of 15 different detailed mental models were documented in these students that belonged to one of four different general model types: (I) round trip flow ...


Student Science Projects And Science Fairs: How To Maximize Benefits To Students And Minimize Burden To Teachers, Patricia H. Wartinger Nov 1999

Student Science Projects And Science Fairs: How To Maximize Benefits To Students And Minimize Burden To Teachers, Patricia H. Wartinger

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Independent student science research projects are an invaluable component of secondary school level science. Often students do science projects which will be exhibited in a science fair. There is much discussion in the literature of pros and cons of science fairs. There is also much consensus on the value of long term independent student science research projects.

The purpose of this investigation is to focus on how long term student science research projects are conducted at several local schools, to review the purposes and problems involved in science fairs, and to collect techniques and methods for easing the burden on ...


Learning For Organizing: Institutional Reading Groups As A Strategy For Change, Peter D. Eckel, Adrianna Kezar, Devorah Lieberman Nov 1999

Learning For Organizing: Institutional Reading Groups As A Strategy For Change, Peter D. Eckel, Adrianna Kezar, Devorah Lieberman

GSE Publications

Organizing for learning is an important emphasis for AAHE, and rightly so. Colleges and universities should make institutional changes that promote better and more effective learning. Our experiences — from a national perspective at the American Council on Education (ACE) and ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education and from a campus-based perspective at Portland State University — suggest that before institutions can organize for learning, they must first learn for organizing.


The Recruitment And Retention Of African American, Hispanic, Asian And Native American (Ahana) Students On College Campuses, Franklin Titus Thompson Oct 1999

The Recruitment And Retention Of African American, Hispanic, Asian And Native American (Ahana) Students On College Campuses, Franklin Titus Thompson

Teacher Education Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

“We believe it is the duty of both policy makers and educators to identify qualified minority youth and place them in channels that ensure success.”


Recruitment And Retention Of African American Males In High School Mathematics: Have We Achieved Access To The Success Stairway?, Sheryl Mcglamery, Carol Mitchell Oct 1999

Recruitment And Retention Of African American Males In High School Mathematics: Have We Achieved Access To The Success Stairway?, Sheryl Mcglamery, Carol Mitchell

Teacher Education Faculty Proceedings & Presentations

“Most schools desire that more minorities participate, yet finding a successful formula often proves difficult and elusive.”


Volume 13, Number 01, Don Forrester Editor Oct 1999

Volume 13, Number 01, Don Forrester Editor

Reaching Through Teaching

Full text of Volume 13, Number 01 of Reaching Through Teaching.


Partnering With Homeschoolers: Part Time Education In Public Schools, Victoria Caruana Sep 1999

Partnering With Homeschoolers: Part Time Education In Public Schools, Victoria Caruana

Victoria Caruana, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


The Nairobi Model: A Focus On Primary Science Classroom Practice, Harcharan Pardhan, Alan E. Wheeler Sep 1999

The Nairobi Model: A Focus On Primary Science Classroom Practice, Harcharan Pardhan, Alan E. Wheeler

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

This (school based approach) complements the other advantage which comes with school-based teacher education: the opportunity to take stock of a learner-teacher’s needs, and, over an extended period, to cater for these needs, to monitor the ways they develop, and toe respond to these developments.


The Virtual University: Lessons From A Virtual Cross-Cultural Learning Situation In International Management, Mikael Søndergaard, Jeanette Lemmergaard, Paul Donnelly, Marta B. Cálas Sep 1999

The Virtual University: Lessons From A Virtual Cross-Cultural Learning Situation In International Management, Mikael Søndergaard, Jeanette Lemmergaard, Paul Donnelly, Marta B. Cálas

Conference papers

This paper addresses some issues regarding virtual learning and the future of traditional universities. Specifically, it considers these issues by reflecting on the following: First, it focuses on the repercussions of information technologies for teaching and learning in "cross-cultural" courses. It critically assesses, via three recent examples, how these approaches influence teaching and learning in the context of international management courses. Second, drawing from the above examples, the paper reflects more broadly on the implications of these technologies: (1) for new forms of knowing and knowledge production; and (2) for the future of institutional conditions of universities.


Staff Development Programs In Public Elementary Schools In Northeast Tennessee, Richard A. Mcinturf Aug 1999

Staff Development Programs In Public Elementary Schools In Northeast Tennessee, Richard A. Mcinturf

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to collect and report on the perceptions of elementary school teachers as to the quality of staff development programs being offered in schools and school systems throughout Northeast Tennessee. A second purpose was to study the relationship between certain school district characteristics and teacher perception scores related to the staff development programs. The National Staff Development Council's Self-Assessment and Planning Tool was used to collect data related to teacher perceptions. Mean scores were calculated and t-test analysis completed for each variable named in the study. Conclusions of the study are consistent with most ...


First Steps Professional Development: Its Effects On Teachers’ Ability To Understand And To Implement First Steps In Their Classrooms, Amy Kleemann-Wilson Aug 1999

First Steps Professional Development: Its Effects On Teachers’ Ability To Understand And To Implement First Steps In Their Classrooms, Amy Kleemann-Wilson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to document and to determine how First Steps professional development was helpful to teachers in their understanding of First Steps. This study also examined how First Steps professional development has impacted the ability of teachers to implement First Steps in their classrooms and incorporate First Steps strategies in their teaching. Furthermore, this study provided suggestions for how to further support teachers in their understanding and ability to implement First Steps.

The subjects of this study included a variety of teachers from grade levels ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. The subjects also included special ...


Towards Improving Agricultural Education In Nigerian Universities In The 21st Century, Mchivga Alexander Abelega Dr. Jul 1999

Towards Improving Agricultural Education In Nigerian Universities In The 21st Century, Mchivga Alexander Abelega Dr.

Dr. Mchivga Alexander Abelega

No abstract provided.


Excellence In Geography In The Schools, Chester Smolski, Anne K. Petry Jul 1999

Excellence In Geography In The Schools, Chester Smolski, Anne K. Petry

Smolski Texts

"Most people know of the National Geographic Society through its well-know magazine, nine million of which are mailed out each month and most of which now reside in attics throughout the world.

"But what many do not realize is the $80 million effort over the past 12 years that the Geographic has made in the schools of the country to make our teachers an children better understand the world around them. This it has done throuh its support of the Geography Alliances established in every state, Canada, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia."


Middle School Teachers Perspectives On Inclusion: A Qualitative Study, James M. Cooney Jul 1999

Middle School Teachers Perspectives On Inclusion: A Qualitative Study, James M. Cooney

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Historically, research has placed considerable emphasis on developing a systematic body of knowledge about education in which little voice has been given to teachers themselves. The critical role that teachers play in this generative process such as reflecting, acting and theorizing upon practices that shape life in the classroom has largely been ignored in favor of technical innovation and organizational procedure. As schools straggle to reform and restructure, an understanding of how teachers interpret their practices in context and how the culture of schools influence, constrain, or encourage these practices become critical aspects of school success or failure.

This study ...


Editorial Introduction, Gordon Wells Jul 1999

Editorial Introduction, Gordon Wells

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This issue sees a continuation of a strand, begun in the first issue, of articles written by collaborative groups of educators who span the school-university divide. As the authors of all these articles note, when school-based practitioners or preservice teachers in their practicums work together with colleagues in universities they create a synergy that makes ripples - or even waves - beyond their individual classrooms. As they present their work at local or national conferences and publish in venues such as Networks, the value of their work is recognized by others, who are inspired to adopt and adapt their ideas to suit ...


A Different Approach To Family Involvement, Leslie Patterson, Shelia Baldwin, Rubén Gonzales, Irma Guadarrama, Liz Keith Jul 1999

A Different Approach To Family Involvement, Leslie Patterson, Shelia Baldwin, Rubén Gonzales, Irma Guadarrama, Liz Keith

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

The Houston Chronicle recently quoted a school counselor who blamed low student achievement on parents, whom he called "a bunch of seventh-grade dropouts who can't add 2 plus 2" (Houston Chronicle, 1998, p. 21A). As educators, we see too many of our colleagues play that blame game as we try to respond to increasing public pressure to make schools "work." The logic goes something like this: "We are doing everything we know how, and these children still are not succeeding. If only their parents would (fill in the blank), everything would be just fine."


An Investigation Of A Qualitative Research Course At A U.S. University, Angela L.E. Walmsley Jul 1999

An Investigation Of A Qualitative Research Course At A U.S. University, Angela L.E. Walmsley

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Action research is typically performed by people who want to do something to improve their own situation (Sagor, 1992). Often, it is also collaborative, involving participants with different roles in the situation; together they plan, analyze data and discuss the results, and then share the findings with others in a similar field or situation who may be able to benefit from them. While action research can be used in a variety of settings, the project I present here is specific to education and teaching. I carried out an action research project that investigated aspects of a graduate qualitative education research ...


A Discourse On Literacy And Community: Research Relationships For Preservice Teachers, Karen Broaddus, David Landis Jul 1999

A Discourse On Literacy And Community: Research Relationships For Preservice Teachers, Karen Broaddus, David Landis

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This written dialogue between two university researchers explores how different forms of preservice teacher inquiry work as active components of language arts coursework in elementary education. We will discuss issues of design and implementation: 1. Theoretical contexts for including research in teacher education 2. Selecting settings for preservice teacher research 3. Defining research tasks 4. Examining professional research relationships 5. Forms for reflection 6. Analyzing research outcomes Our positions will be illustrated using the results of two distinct examples of literacy research: a study exploring the experiences of two preservice teachers conducting individual case studies of literacy development and a ...


The Power Of Two: A Study Of The Integrated Reading Method Of Peer Tutoring, Carol S. Fitzpatrick Jul 1999

The Power Of Two: A Study Of The Integrated Reading Method Of Peer Tutoring, Carol S. Fitzpatrick

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

issues of design and implementation:


Beginning Teachers Improve Classroom Practice Through Collaborative Inquiry, Barbara H. Davis, Virginia Resta, Karen Miller, Keitha Fortman Jul 1999

Beginning Teachers Improve Classroom Practice Through Collaborative Inquiry, Barbara H. Davis, Virginia Resta, Karen Miller, Keitha Fortman

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

"How can I get my students to pay attention to me?" "What will motivate my reluctant readers to read more?" "How can I get my students to work together in cooperative groups?" "Would teaching social skills improve discipline in my classroom?" "How can I get my students to stay on-task and become more productive?" "What can I do to get my at-risk students to produce quality work?" These questions, and others like them, are asked by classroom teachers every year, especially beginning teachers who are encountering the challenges of the classroom for the first time. In recent years many teachers ...


Review: Teacher Researcher Perspectives On Parent Involvement, Catherine Compton-Lilly Jul 1999

Review: Teacher Researcher Perspectives On Parent Involvement, Catherine Compton-Lilly

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

What is happening at your school to foster parent involvement? Where I teach, parent involvement is a constant struggle. Programs that promise to bring parents into the school come and go quickly; they are never well-attended and the parents who do attend the first session often do not return for the second. Teachers, observing this lack of involvement, complain that parents don't care and do not support the school. The rhetoric around our school blames parents when things go wrong for children at school.


A First Step For Technology Integration For Teachers, Rena Cifarelli Jul 1999

A First Step For Technology Integration For Teachers, Rena Cifarelli

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

How do I begin to work with teachers on integrating technology into their diverse disciplines? How do I begin to form a relationship that allows them to express their fears about technology and trust in me to overcome those fears? How do I assess their technology strengths and weaknesses so I can help them to begin at a point where they are comfortable with the technology? These were the initial questions I asked myself as a high school educational technologist, who was beginning to embark with a group of four other teachers on an action research project.


Preservice Teachers' Experiences Of "America Reads" Research, Penny L. Beed, David Landis, Charline Barnes, Kari Benson, Kim Willms, Amy Zidlicky Jul 1999

Preservice Teachers' Experiences Of "America Reads" Research, Penny L. Beed, David Landis, Charline Barnes, Kari Benson, Kim Willms, Amy Zidlicky

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This article has two purposes. First, we want to make visible the experiences of undergraduate preservice teacher researchers who collaborated with university faculty to conduct three research studies of an America Reads Literacy Tutoring Program. Our second purpose is to offer evidence from the preservice teachers' research logs, comments and reflections that supports or challenges current discussions about the effects of preservice teacher research. The article begins with a brief discussion of the America Reads investigations in which the preservice teachers participated. Next, we discuss the preservice teachers' thoughts about their research experiences. Finally, we explore implications raised by this ...


Review: Classroom Interviews: A World Of Learning, Catherine Compton-Lilly Jul 1999

Review: Classroom Interviews: A World Of Learning, Catherine Compton-Lilly

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Garth Boomer once wrote, "To deliberately learn is to research." To Boomer, teachers and students are researchers when they purposely seek to understand aspects of their world. As a first grade teacher, it would be difficult for me to find a day of teaching that did not involve deliberate learning. Each day brings novel inquiries, new questions, and constant reflection on the events that transpire. Hopefully my students share this sense of wonder and interest as they learn to read, write, and research.


Algebra, Algebra, You Were So Tough, Ryan Best Jul 1999

Algebra, Algebra, You Were So Tough, Ryan Best

Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal

No abstract provided.


Circles, Valentino Loiacono Jul 1999

Circles, Valentino Loiacono

Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal

No abstract provided.


Math Is Really Great, Eric Rasyidi Jul 1999

Math Is Really Great, Eric Rasyidi

Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal

No abstract provided.