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American Educator
Summer 1986


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Learning Together
Cooperative Groups and Peer Tutoring Produce Significant Academic Gains
By Robert E. Slavin

The author describes how to structure learning so that students will root for one another to succeed—and will help each other to do so. The results: significantly higher academic achievement.

The Powerful World of Peer Relationships
By Julius and Zelda Segal

In certain aspects of development, peer relations play a key role. Indeed, chronically poor peer interaction is one of the most potent early indices of trouble ahead.

When Research Does Not Help Teachers
By Miles Myers

What start off as potentially valuable research findings can get turned into rigidly prescribed lesson plans and instructional approaches, leaving no room for the flexibility and professional judgment that are at the heart of good teaching.

The Ubiquitous Workbook: Cause for Concern?
By Jean Osborn

Are workbook activities just meaningless "busywork"? They need not be, says the author, who shows where they're weak and how to make them better.

Ready or Not
How Birthdays Leave Some Children Behind
By Louise Bates Ames

Children who start traditional kindergarten before they are developmentally ready may get caught in an unnecessary cycle of failure.

Former Teachers in America
Why They Left, Where They Went, and What Must Be Done to Retain Good Teachers

Many colleagues have left for other occupations. A new poll tells why they left, what they're doing, and how to stop the exodus.

Everybody's Talking at Me
By Aristides (Joseph Epstein)

If you've ever nodded off during a lecture—or put a student or two to sleep yourself—worry not, says the author, it may even have happened to Aristotle.

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American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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