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Volume 117, Number 7 (2015)

by Anthony A. Peguero & Jennifer M. Bondy
Perceptions of justice, fairness, and order can influence pro-social behavior, psychological well-being, healthy interpersonal relationships, and educational progress and success for students. It is also known that students’ perceptions of school justice can vary by race, ethnicity, and gender. What remains uncertain is how the fastest-growing segment of the United States, students in immigrant families, perceive the school justice, fairness, and order within their school. This study utilizes data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 and incorporates multilevel analysis to examine how students in immigrant families perceive justice, fairness, and order at their school. Findings do suggest that the students’ perceptions of justice, fairness, and order are indeed moderated by immigrant generation, race, ethnicity, and gender. The implications of the evident racial, ethnic, and gender, as well as generational, disparities in students’ perceptions of justice, fairness, and order in the United States school system are discussed more broadly.
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by Jessica Zacher Pandya, Kathleah Consul Pagdilao, Aeloch Enok Kim & Elizabeth Marquez
In this article, we explore the ways transnational children identified as certain kinds of transnational, immigrant, or “American” students, while they orchestrated multiple, often competing voices of in multimodal, digital autobiographies.
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by Danah Henriksen & Punya Mishra
How do exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching? Through in-depth interviews with National Teacher of the Year award winners, this research aims to better understand their beliefs, interests, and practices involving creative teaching. Results identify key themes of how these teachers approach the creative process, as well as the connection between their personal interests and professional creativity.
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by Mable B. Kinzie, Jessica Vick Whittaker , Pat McGuire , Youngju Lee & Carolyn Kilday
We present the Research on Curricular Design (RCD) model and describe its use to design, develop, and test the efficacy of early childhood mathematics and science curricula. We share what was achieved with application of the RCD model and offer observations on the value of this approach for research on and development of educational products.
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by Michael A. Gottfried & Morgan S. Polikoff
This research evaluates whether English Language Learner (ELL) classmates are associated with the social skills outcomes of students with disabilities in kindergarten. Using a national large-scale sample of kindergarten students, the results show that having a greater number of ELL classmates has a positive effect on the social skills outcomes for students with disabilities.
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by Meredith P. Richards & Kori J. Stroub
In this study, we draw attention to the issue of attendance zone gerrymandering, the manipulation of school boundaries into irregular shapes that alter patterns of school attendance and, thereby, students' access to educational opportunities. Drawing on the literature on electoral gerrymandering, we outline a framework for conceptualizing and measuring the gerrymandering of educational boundaries. Using geospatial techniques, we provide initial empirical evidence on the severity and distribution of gerrymandering using a national sample of 23,945 attendance zones. We find that attendance zones are highly gerrymandered—nearly as much as congressional districts—and are becoming more gerrymandered over time. Findings underscore the racial and, to a lesser extent, socioeconomic character of gerrymandering, which is particularly acute in whiter and more affluent schools and in areas experiencing rapid racial change.
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by Julie Cohen
Drawing on data from the Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, this article raises several issues involved in identifying “high leverage” teaching practices based on their relationships with different types of student outcome measures. Scores on several teaching practices predicted teacher value-added based on a high-stakes state test but had no relationship with value-added based on a low-stakes test, and qualitative analyses demonstrate instruction was explicitly oriented toward success on the state test, suggesting potential limitations of labeling teaching practices “high leverage” based solely on their relationship with high-stakes standardized assessments.
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by Ruth Berkowitz , Hagit Glickman , Rami Benbenishty, Elisheva Ben-Artzi , Tal Raz, Nurit Lipshtat & Ron Avi Astor
This study examines whether school climate compensates, mediates or moderates the relationship between student and school SES and mathematics test scores among nationally representative sample of 5th and 8th grade schools in Israel.
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