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Dawson, Vaille; Shand, Jennifer – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
One of the greatest challenges facing Australian school education is the disparity in quality of education across schools. One aspect of addressing this issue has been greater regulation and requirements to improve the quality of initial teacher education. Course accreditation standards in teacher education programs require secondary preservice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Disadvantaged Schools, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education
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Phanphech, Parinda; Tanitteerapan, Tanes; Murphy, Elizabeth – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This paper reports on a study of pedagogical strategies for promoting conceptual understanding by reducing misconceptions. The case chosen to investigate this phenomenon involved 40 Thai vocational education students studying physics (electric circuits) in secondary school. The study investigated the effect of an explaining strategy on students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Secondary School Students
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Prendergast, Mark; O'Meara, Niamh; O'Hara, Clare; Harbison, Lorraine; Cantley, Ian – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
The transition from primary to secondary school is regarded as one of the most difficult crossings in students' educational careers. The move, which typically occurs between the ages of twelve and fourteen, can be particularly pronounced for mathematics. This article describes the results of a questionnaire distributed in the Republic of Ireland…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Teachers
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Turner, Kristina; Pale, Maryanne – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
In recent years many policy and curriculum reforms aimed at improving Australian students' literacy and numeracy levels have been introduced into schools and in initial teacher education. Despite this, the Australian National Assessment Plan, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data indicates that there has been little or no improvement in Australian…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Scores, National Competency Tests
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Ibrahim, Ali; Al-Taneiji, Shaikah – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This study bridges a gap in qualitative research on teacher satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates. In line with the two-factor theory, we found that maintenance factors, such as perception of job insecurity, stagnant salaries and perceived heavy teaching loads, had more prominence in explaining teacher dissatisfaction. Motivational factors such…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Job Satisfaction, Job Security
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Yazicilar, Ümran; Bümen, Nilay T. – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This study focuses on curriculum adaptation in Turkey where the school system is highly centralised, high schools are quite hierarchical, regional differences are intense, and a single, renewed curriculum is put into practice in all types of high schools that enrol students via high-stakes tests, unlike the Western context. Specifically, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, National Curriculum, Secondary School Mathematics
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Ludicke, Penelope; Muir, Tracey; Swabey, Karen – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
Academic underachievement in young adolescents has been a concern for teachers, schools and systems for some time. In Australian schools, curriculum reforms and middle years programs have been implemented to improve the educational outcomes of young adolescents, and address underachievement, with limited continuity and consistency. This study used…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Underachievement, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Pérez-Izaguirre, Elizabeth – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This paper focuses on educational inequalities in multi-ethnic Basque secondary education. More precisely, the study takes an ethnographic standpoint and aims to explore the academic performance disparities between autochthonous and immigrant students in Basque education in relation to teacher authority. Methods include participant observation and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Power Structure, Secondary School Students
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Burfitt, Joan – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
During the development of a test of multiple-choice items, cognitive interviews were conducted with students from lower secondary school. The purpose of these interviews was to confirm that the prospective respondents' interpretation of mathematics test items was consistent with the interpretation intended by the item writer. The conversations…
Descriptors: Interviews, Multiple Choice Tests, Mathematics Tests, Secondary School Students
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Asadullah, Sheikh – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
In Bangladesh, despite significant progress in access, equity and public examination success, poor student performance in mathematics in secondary schools has become a major concern. An extensive review of research has shown that teachers account to a large extent for student learning and achievement gains. Although educational research has…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Secondary School Teachers
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Kartal, Eda Erdas; Dogan, Nihal; Irez, Serhat; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Yalaki, Yalcin – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
The aim of this study is to evaluate a continuing professional development (CPD) program designed to improve teachers' professional competences about the nature of science (NOS) by using a new evaluation perspective. The researchers followed a year long CPD about NOS with the voluntary attendance of 18 middle school science teachers and their…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Lowe, Geoffrey; Gray, Christina; Prout, Peter; Jefferson, Sarah; Shaw, Therese – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
Teacher career trajectory studies have identified a small group of veteran teachers who remain positive and committed to teaching, while others become disenchanted or disengaged. These, and related studies suggest key characteristics of positive veteran teachers revolve around a strong sense of agency and professional identity including: 1) a…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Teaching Experience, Professional Identity, Teacher Attitudes
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Eacott, Scott – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
This paper describes and justifies the protocol for a research project investigating regional secondary school consolidation reforms in New South Wales, Australia. The study is designed to describe the experiences of those directly involved in the transition to a consolidated school in a way that has so far eluded educational leadership…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Secondary Schools, Foreign Countries, Educational Research
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Gudyanga, Remeredzayi; Jita, Loyiso C. – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) reforms in the South African school system came with an increased emphasis on laboratory practicals for the physical sciences. While reform implementation is known to be fraught with a myriad of challenges, for science teachers such significant changes in the practical components magnified the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Laboratories, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction
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Palacios Mena, Nancy – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
The objective of this article is to analyse the teaching of three topics that are decisive in the contemporary history of Colombia: violence, drug trafficking and armed conflict. It is of fundamental interest to define the incorporation of the development of historical thought in the classrooms through the analysis of textbooks, the material most…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Violence, Weapons, Information Management