Podcast Episodes #21-30

Episode 30
The Practice of Science
The MUSE science instruction framework shows the central role of models in asking questions, recognizing data patterns, constructing explanations, and providing the criteria for judging knowledge claims.

Episode 29
FAST Strengthens Families
A school and community program called Families and Schools Together, or FAST, enhances children’s academic and social performance by building relationships among parents, schools, and the community.

Episode 28
Educational Equity for Deaf and Hearing Students
Stephanie Cawthon studied the access hearing-impaired students have to the standards-based reading curriculum.

Episode 27
Measuring Effects of Systemic Initiatives
A study by Norman Webb, Bill Clune, and colleagues demonstrates analytic techniques that can be used to study effects of systemic reform on growth in student learning over time.

Episode 26
Some Closer Looks at Testing Accommodations
Four experimental studies conducted by Stephen Elliott and Thomas Kratochwill and their graduate students shed some light on current questions about the effects of accommodations on test scores of students with and without disabilities.

Episode 25
30 Years of Mathematics Education Research
Reviewing mathematics education research over the past 30 years, professor Thomas Romberg identifies 12 findings that distinguish what is known today from what was known in the 1960s.

Episode 24
Home-Grown Professional Development Program Succeeds
A Chicago public elementary school raised its student achievement scores after the school principal launched a voluntary, monthly ‘breakfast club’ at which teachers could gather to discuss their practice.

Episode 23
Developing Algebraic Reasoning in the Elementary School
When elementary school students working with mathematics make generalizations and represent them for their classmates, they articulate unifying ideas that make important mathematical relationships explicit. Underlying this teaching approach is a conception of mathematical understanding as constructing mathematical relationships and reflecting on and articulating those relationships.

Episode 22
Putting Case Study Results into Context
When designing their survey, researchers drew most of the questions from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This allowed them to compare their findings with national data.

Episode 21
‘Academic Enablers’ Critical to Student Success
Students’ prior achievement and interpersonal skills influence motivation, which, in turn, influences study skills and engagement to promote achievement.

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