Computer Coding in the K–8 Mathematics Curriculum?
The trend of adding some form of computer coding to curriculum is an international phenomenon. How exactly should computer coding fit in the curriculum? Should it be its own subject? Should it be integrated with other subjects?
This research summary is part of "What Works? Research into Practice", produced by a partnership between the Ontario Association of Deans of Education and the Student Achievement Division.
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Factors That Impact Students’ Physical Activity Levels
This study investigated students' experiences and perceptions of their school-based Physical Education (PE) classes in order to determine if those perceptions changed overtime during middle school. In particular, the researchers were interested in the relationship between students’ perceived athletic abilities, their enjoyment of their school-based PE classes, and gender.
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How Teachers Perceive the Concept of Sustainable Development
This study examined technological studies teachers’ understanding of the concept of sustainable development. More specifically, the researcher was interested in identifying which aspects of sustainable development these teachers considered to be most significant from a personal, collegial, and student interest perspective.
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Perspectives of New Administrators on the Ontario Principals Qualification Courses
Teachers who wish to move into the role of administration in Ontario’s public school system must first complete Principals’ Qualification Courses (PQP). This study investigated the perceptions of newly appointed school administrators in Ontario regarding their experience with the PQP. More specifically, the author wished to explore the extent to which the current structure of PQP training in Ontario prepared new administrators for the realities of school leadership.
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Boys’ Underachievement: Which Boys Are We Talking About?
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education
"Policy and research-based literature identifies boys’ underachievement, and specifically their engagement with literacy, as both a Canadian and an international problem. In Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, boys do not perform as well as girls on the reading comprehension and writing components of literacy tests. However, the Program for International Assessment (PISA) 2000 report on reading performance explicitly states that “students from less favourable socioeconomic backgrounds are on average less engaged in reading” (p. 8). Not all boys are underachieving, nor are all girls out-performing boys; educators and policy makers need to address the question of which boys require help becoming literate and what kinds of help educators can provide."
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Global Education: Confusion, Clarity, and Teacher Preparation
This summary was created by the CSSE's Canadian Journal of Education and is available on their website, along with other Knowledge Mobilization Snapshots, at http://www.csse-scee.ca/CJE/KMS.htm or via their homepage at www.cje-rce.ca.
This research snapshot summarizes a study of a teacher education program on global education:
"The purpose of the study was to discover and describe how the Developing a Global Perspective for Educators/ Développement d’une perspective globale pour enseignants et enseignantes Programme (DGPE/DPGEE) Project conceptualizes and expresses global education in the teacher education at the University of Ottawa, as well as how teacher candidates who participated in the project express global education."
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Professional Development and Technology Use in the Classroom
The investigation determined how an online community of practice can be developed to support the exchange of professional knowledge through involvement in The Education Network of Ontario/Réseau éducatif de l’Ontario and the effect this involvement had on classroom practice.
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Remain in a K-8 school or transition to junior high?: Differences in student achievement
There is general agreement that when students transition from elementary to junior high school, their academic performance can suffer. Some researchers claim that the difficulties that students experience in this transition might have long-term negative effects. With this in mind, many education systems in Canada have taken steps to make the transition from elementary to junior high school smoother for students.
This research used nationally representative survey data to see if there were any actual differences in achievement between students who transitioned to grade seven from an elementary school compared to those who remained in the same school.
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Using Technology to Teach Fractions
In North America, students have traditionally struggled to learn fractions. This is a critical issue as understanding fractions is an important aspect of everyday decision-making. Teachers have also struggled with teaching students the concepts behind fractions because of a lack of discipline knowledge and pedagogical content. This research introduced five sets of learning objects, called CLIPS, which were developed to assist teachers in teaching the concepts behind fractions.
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