A Study of a Specific Language Arts and Mathematics Software Program: Is There a Correlation Between
The purpose of this study was to compare usage levels of CompassLearning Odyssey mathematics and language arts software among fifth grade students in order to determine the relationship between usage and achievement. While educational software designed by various companies is a regular part of daily instruction in most public schools across the United States, there remains a need for research-based evidence of the efficacy of specific programs. This study used a quantitative design to compare ac
EMBODYING RESEARCH: A STUDY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN RESEARCH WRITING
College students often perceive the university as alienating; reading and writing impersonal research texts can intensify this sense of disconnect. College professors often feel passion and enthusiasm toward their own research yet find it difficult to create this excitement in their research writing classrooms. This qualitative study explored student and teacher perceptions and instructional approaches in a university research writing course, seeking clues to student engagement. Data collecti
Structural Awareness for Collaborative Learning Environments
In this paper we propose a peer-to-peer support approach that we call structural awareness support. The structural awareness aims to support the communication that takes place in virtual learning communities. Its emphasis is on revealing the group structure to its participants in order to promote collaborative interactions. This support has been implemented on a forum type tool called Mailgroup. It has been tested twice in different contexts, obtaining initial feedback of its pertinence accordin
University / K – 12 Partnerships: How One University Impacted High School Career Decision-making
Local universities and their surrounding school districts have much to offer one another. How universities and school districts work together to create programmatic change in career decision-making for the high school adolescent is unclear. Utilizing a case study approach, this study examined the relationship that exists between a university and two high schools. This was studied through the lens of career development with regard to high school students. This qualitative case study utilized pe
Possible Predictive Factors for the Greater Johnstown School District’s Pennsylvania System of Sc
Relative to Curriculum-Based Assessment (CBA) and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), this study sought to determine whether a school district’s CBA reading scores were predictors for the PSSA reading scores for a grade-level cohort of students. Those CBA reading scores were collected in fourth through seventh grades; while the PSSA measure was a scaled score earned on the eighth grade reading measure. The sample included 268 eighth grade students who were roughly 48% male,
The Role of the Elementary Principal in Promoting Parent Involvement: Evidence from Rural, Blue Ribb
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act has amplified the implications of including parents in the education process. The benefits of parental involvement coupled with the teachers' and parents’ role in promoting involvement have been researched and studied for many years. Few studies focus solely on the principal’s role in promoting parent involvement, however. This study will examine the specialized association and participation of rural elementary princ
Effects of the Utilization of a Reading Coach for Professional Development on Pennsylvania Elementar
Recent studies have suggested that there is correlation between professional development and student achievement (Pritchard & Marshall, 2002; Showers & Joyce, 1996). The specific models for professional development are being evaluated for their effectiveness, as the educational community seeks effective reforms for improving student achievement. The purpose of this study was to delve into the assumptions related to the effectiveness of professional development opportunities and its correlations
A Writing Teacher Learns from his Students: The Symbiosis of Student-Centered Pedagogy and Teacher R
This teacher research study documents the attempts of a college writing teacher to use response-oriented, student-centered pedagogy as a means of providing practical learning experiences for his students while simultaneously providing a practical professional development opportunity for himself. In pursuit of this goal, the teacher promoted a dialogue with the students that sought to engender their sense of engagement in the class while simultaneously encouraging their criticism and analysis of
UNDERSTANDING THE PARADIGM SHIFT: A DESCRIPTIVE CASE STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN INFORMATION
The purpose of this descriptive case study was to understand the impact on librarians, faculty, and students of changes in information literacy instructional methodologies that were piloted as an innovation within a particular institutional setting. The following questions were considered. In what ways and to what extent has a more holistic approach to teaching information literacy been assimilated by faculty and librarians? In what ways and to what extent have faculty attitudes toward teac
Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science: Session 2. Classifying Living Things
How can we make sense of the living world? During this session, a systematic approach to biological classification is introduced as a starting point for understanding the nature of the remarkable diversity of life on Earth.,This clip addresses the fact that all living things are made of cells and how this organizing feature is the theme for classifying the organisms on earth.
Private Universe in Project in Mathematics: Workshop 6: "Possibilities of Real Life Problems"
Students come up with a surprising array of strategies and representations to build their understanding of a real-life calculus problembefore they have ever taken calculus.,High school seniors from Kenilworth and New Brunswick NJ, work on a real-life problem based on Eadweard Muybridge's historic sequence of 24 photographs of a cat in motion. The question, How fast is the cat moving in frame 10 and frame 20?, deals with one of the fundamental ideas of calculus. Students find several ways t
Private Universe in Project in Mathematics: Workshop 6: "Possibilities of Real Life Problems"
Students come up with a surprising array of strategies and representations to build their understanding of a real-life calculus problembefore they have ever taken calculus.,High school seniors from Kenilworth and New Brunswick work on a real-life problem based on a sequence of 24 photographs of a cat in motion. The question, How fast is the cat moving in frame 10 and frame 20?, deals with some of the fundamental ideas of calculus. Students find several ways to represent their growing under
TALAT Lecture 1502: Criteria in Material Selection
This lecture gives a background to why, by whom, when and how material selection is performed; it describes the pitfalls of non-systematic approaches; it gives the concept of pre-selection and how it is applied; it creates an understanding about unbiased selection of materials and how it is performed; it explains discriminating material selection and how it is applied; it demonstrates optimization in material selection and how it is applied. Elementary background in materials engineering is assu
Form Characteristics of Landscape Images: A Landscape Research by Computer Image Processing
Landscape evaluation research examines how individuals perceive the landscape. Because the amount of the data to describe landscapes is huge, landscape research needs the technology of the computer. This paper describes a method to catch the amount of physical characteristics which were extracted from landscape images by using the technology of the computer image processing and verifies its effectiveness. To do this analysis, we took photographic slides of a landscape sample. Pictures were taken
Chemical and Environmental Behaviour of Materials: Kinetics of Aqueous Corrosion
This set of animations demonstrates what is meant by aqueous corrosion and the use of the Tafel plot in its understanding. From TLP: Kinetics of Aqueous Corrosion
Mechanical Behaviour of Materials: Superelasticity and shape memory alloys
This set of animations provides understanding of the principles and applications of superelasticity and shape memory alloys materials. From TLP: Superelasticity and shape memory alloys
Techniques for Studying Materials: Atomic Force Microscopy
This set of animations provides understanding of what Atomic Force Microscopy is and how it is used. From TLP: Atomic Force Microscopy
Creating conditional interactions
Discover the power of defining parameters for interactions in your projects. Learn how to control precisely when interactions occur on buttons, web links, and so on.
Workflow and Business Process Management for Electronic Government
This course aims to provide a basic understanding of technologies supporting e-governance. It examines Workflow and Business Process Management for Electronic Government.
Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic influence extended far beyond the boundaries of the formal British Empire. This unit focuses on the economics of empire, using a case study of one town, Dundee in eastern Scotland, to explore this huge topic.