This study may serve as a model to and influence longitudinal studies that examine whether academic tracking shapes academic perceptions of students in low and high tracks both positively or negatively. The purpose of this project was to analyze the importance of principal leadership in public schooling, and provide more research into what constitutes successful leadership in this position.
Through the topic of budgetary issues and handling school finances, I interviewed several principals from different types of schools within a local public district in order to determine how each individual profiled exhibited leadership in a time of financial stress. I also sought to bring forth to public knowledge the sheer difficulty of the job that these individuals are tasked with. Overall, my findings concluded that each principal, through the way they handled their budgetary situation, exhibited trademark qualities of strong principal leadership.
They were willing to resort to creative methods to fund programs throughout their schools, were actively involved in the lives of their students as well as on good terms with their support staff, and did not show signs of major morale loss from the stress of their jobs.
My findings conclude that the role of a principal, while typically overlooked in the grand scheme of public education, is extremely important in 21st century public education and requires highly capable individuals in order to succeed. The rapidly changing U. Previous research shows that complete heritage language proficiency contributes to the development of second language proficiency.
For heritage Spanish speakers in the U. Current research suggests that heritage language classes are most effective in promoting heritage language proficiency. This study seeks to investigate which of two heritage language class designs [isolated language teaching or content-based instruction CBI ] is more effective in developing heritage language reading skills.
A comparative analysis of scores from the Spanish reading comprehension exams of heritage Spanish speakers enrolled in either a CBI or isolated language teaching course reveal CBI to be more effective in developing Spanish reading skills within Spanish heritage speakers.
However, limitations within this study suggest that further research is still needed in order to assess effective heritage language class design and the true impact of CBI. This paper investigates the extent to which interpersonal relationships of under-represented minority students URMs graduate students differ from those of non-URM students and whether these relationships and experiences differ by program.
It further investigates the affect do these factors have on knowledge production within their programs. Academic approaches to the problem of increasing diversity in graduate education has largely been focused on simply increasing the number of URM students.
However, these students often suffer once they are in graduate school, completing their programs at lower rates than non-URM students. Some research has pointed to a lack of financial support as well as deficiencies in URM students' relationships with faculty advisors, mentors, and peers. By examining the deficiencies of interpersonal relationships, this research contributes to helping improve graduate school experiences for URM students.
The research also helps to consider whether such problems may vary as a function of academic fields. To investigate the problem, a survey was distributed through a snowball sampling to URM students at an elite Midwest research institution. The survey measured perceptions of the quality of the school community, the support of other students their departmental program, and the relationship between faculty advisor and student.
These include the issue of racial classification for ethnic Hispanics and Latinos and the inclusion of gender categories as URMs. It is also important to consider aspects of the campus environment, such as campus diversity officers, which may be improving the URM perceptions of their interpersonal relationships.
As the school-aged population in the United States becomes more racially diverse, the teaching force remains primarily white, often resulting in students having teachers whose racial identity is different than their own. This study examines how teachers perceive these differences in racial identity to affect the classroom dynamic.
Through semi-structured interviews with five white K-5 teachers, this study looks at both challenges associated with these differences and strategies that teachers use to address these challenges. Results indicate that difference and lack of familiarity can be challenging for both teachers and students. In addition, behavior is a primary challenge for teachers of different racial backgrounds.
Partly as a result of this, they are much less likely to be physically active. Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for ASD symptomatic behavior, but not much research has been done on how it can improve their social skills. This steady aimed to find out what therapies exist for social skills in children with ASD, how physical activity is incorporated into these therapies, and how these improvements in social skills can affect other areas of their lives e.
In order to assess the ways physical activity is used and how it can be beneficial, I observed a social skills class and conducted an interview with a behavioral analyst and a psychologist who specializes in the area. A parent survey was also administered to assess a broader scope of the effects of these therapies. The results showed that, although physical activity can be very beneficial, it is not used explicitly to help social skills, nor is it often perceived by the parents to have specific effect.
Considering the complex challenges that accompany the transition from high school, it is important to identify means of effectively managing academic responsibilities, social challenges, and new sources of stress. Research shows the positive impact of exercise on the academic performance of school children Trost and van der Mars, and a reduction of anxiety and depression in physically active individuals De Moor, ; however, research specifically relating to college freshmen is very limited and there is no existing research that examines the impact of exercise on social life.
This study collected survey responses from Notre Dame students in their sophomore, junior, and senior year. Participants were asked a combination of multiple choice, ranking, and free response questions regarding their experience freshman year.
First, the data was divided using a median split of the four possible exercise levels. Then the questions that used identical scales were aggregated for each section of the survey. These results were used to develop scores for academic, social, and mental adjustment.
Independent t-tests were used to compare low versus high exercise levels and perceptions of academic performance, social adjustment, and mental health. Finally, the qualitative data collected through the free response questions was coded and compared to the quantitative results.
While the results indicated statistically insignificant relationships between exercise and academic, social, and mental adjustment, the findings offer insight into exercise habits and preferences of college freshmen. The study concludes with implications of the findings in terms of personal exercise routines and university required physical education programs as well as recommendations for future research. Textbooks continue to play a major role in university curricula, yet some teachers are turning to an alternate form of customized text.
This study investigates textbook and course-packet usage and usefulness. While prior studies focused on one particular form of text, this study puts the two side-by-side while comparing teacher and student opinions. Results suggest a strong student preference towards course-packets alongside increased reading, preparation, and grade expectations.
Students and teachers demonstrate disconnect in perceived participation with assignments outside of class, but the numbers better align with course-packet-based classes. The data strongly suggest implementing customized course-packets at the University of Notre Dame. Student and Teacher Perceptions of Cyberbullying Cyberbullying, a form of harassment that takes place via some form of technology, can be extremely harmful for student learning outcomes, and schools often face difficulty in creating policies that effectively respond to it.
Furthermore, students and teachers often have different ideas about how to attend to cyberbullying issues effectively. The purpose of this research is to understand middle school student and teacher perceptions of cyberbullying among adolescents. The specific research questions motivating this study are the following: How do teacher and student perceptions differ in identifying, handling, and preventing cyberbullying?
To what extent does the discussion and action regarding cyberbullying in schools align with student and teacher beliefs on the subject? To answer these research questions, interviews were conducted with middle school teachers and focus groups were conducted with seventh and eighth grade students at a public middle school in northwest Indiana.
Results of this study support current research in that many students and teachers at this school did have different opinions about what cyberbullying is, how often it takes place, and how to best prevent it. While most students said that they did not know how to attend to issues of cyberbullying, some students said that allowing more opportunities for students to have conversations and share personal stories with each other about the negative effects of cyberbullying would be an effective way to prevent it at their school.
In addition, many teachers said that increasing parental involvement and focusing more on the character development of their students would be effective in preventing cyberbullying. Previous research has shown that students are more engaged in more positive classroom environments. Previous research has also shown that these positive classroom environments impact the school-wide culture. The point of this study was to solidify the positive link between classroom climate and school culture and how to looks at the effects that religiosity of a teacher has on creating that culture of caring within his or her classroom.
A classroom was observed, students were surveyed, and a teacher was interviewed to gather key data to pursue this project. Ultimately our notion that classroom experiences affect the school-wide community was validated, while measuring the impact of religiosity proved hard to measure and analyze.
This paper fits nicely in the conversation about the existing literature surrounding the implications of a culture of caring on school communities and tries to make the leap to connect religiosity to this discussion. While the study has trouble making that leap, more extensive research could be conducted to fill the gap in the literature that still exists. Parental Motivation for Enrollment in a Bilingual Preschool This study analyzed parental motivation for enrolling their child at a bilingual preschool, where parents must actively choose and pursue enrollment.
This research reviews literature on motivational and bilingual theories and programs; describes the bilingual preschool as a research site; describes the methodology used in this study; presents research findings; and offers suggestions for future studies. Furthermore, the study asked two main questions: Are there varied reasons motivating student enrollment based on variables like ethnicity in connection to household education level, income, and distance from school?
To address these questions inside the parameters of this study, the work stays within ethno linguistic background variables language, ethnicity. It then uses these variables as a basis for comparison between Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents and their factors for enrollment. These parents articulate through one open-ended and multiple-choice questions, their reasons for choosing to enroll their child in this school through a ranking scale in order of importance.
The integrative and instrumental factors for enrollment are based on previous theories and studies: Percentage correlations were then used to compare demographic characteristics amongst the six different reasons. The final data showcases a motivated and diverse parent population who report multiple factors of importance when choosing a school for their child, changing based on ethnic background.
The results show that for both genders, gender identity is not correlated to either perceived science competence or future self as a scientist. However, perceived science competence and future self as a scientist are positively correlated for each gender overall and at each grade level 5th through 8th. For boys, the degree of correlation between these two parameters decreases, while for girls the correlation remains high throughout all four grades surveyed. This suggests that once middle school girls are interested in science they will continue to be so and are more likely to see a future for themselves in science, while for boys this interest drops off.
By addressing the differences between girls and boys perceived science competence, advances in decreasing the gender gap in STEM fields can be made. Caring environments in the classroom have been identified as influential to student achievement and behavior. This study examines the best strategies to promote and create caring communities in the classroom. Responsive Classroom Approach provides methods and practices for improving classroom climates.
One such practice is Morning Meeting, which includes greeting, sharing, and an activity. This study questions to what extent and how Morning Meetings impact the classroom community. Data was collected through observations and focus groups in two third grade and two fourth grade classrooms. The data was analyzed for evidence of caring communities using four key components: The study found that teacher behavior has the greatest influence in creating caring communities in the classroom.
In classrooms where teachers modeled kindness, respect, and engagement through words and actions, students followed suit. These teachers affirmed good student behavior and corrected poor behavior. Students from these classrooms enjoyed Morning Meeting and viewed it as an important part of their day. In the classroom where the teacher haphazardly conducted Morning Meeting, students acted out and unkindly towards one another, often going unnoticed by the teacher.
Students in this classroom felt uncomfortable in Morning Meeting. Regardless of teacher behavior, the structure of Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings inherently promotes components of caring communities. It teaches students how to greet one another in various manners, provides a space for students to share, and encourages cooperation and collaboration in the classroom. Analyze the reasons behind bullying and identify the ones that come from the school itself.
Determine what steps can be taken to rectify the problem. Do not forget to include parent-teacher interaction into the list of your anti-bullying methods. The number of humanities students today is considerably lower than a few decades ago.
The number of those who go into studying various aspects of business has increased. This will eventually tip the balance in professions. Try to predict how this will affect the country as a whole.
This paper must focus on the most advanced tools teachers can integrate into their work today. It should mention how the globalization and advent of the Internet influenced study methods, and explain that teachers today must take these factors into account when planning their classes.
Offer your ideas on how to encourage children to be more active by making sports education more interesting. You will need to study the cases of known school shootings and other documented violent acts and identify the reasons that caused them. Develop methods that will help prevent repeats of these situations. You will need to analyze the existing standards, and determine if they are sufficient enough to provide the highest quality of education. If not, offer some ideas to improve them.
List the tools that are currently used, and highlight their strong and weak points. Develop a method that will be more efficient.
List some of the most popular educational games, and study the cases of schools where these methods have been used. Conduct your own experiments. Determine the pros and cons of this issue, and offer ideas as to how this environment can be created. Factors that cause students to become bullies.
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