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Bell, Courtney A.; Dobbelaer, Marjoleine J.; Klette, Kirsti; Visscher, Adrie – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2019
Observation systems are increasingly used around the world for a variety of purposes; 2 critical purposes are to understand and to improve teaching. As observation systems differ considerably, individuals must decide what observation system to use. But the field does not have a common specification of an observation system, nor does it have…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Instructional Improvement, Evaluation Methods, Systems Approach
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De Backer, Fauve; Van Avermaet, Piet; Slembrouck, Stef – Language and Education, 2017
Across Europe we can observe the reinforcement of monolingual education policies, despite increasing multilingualism. Recent research has shown that the emphasis is on language proficiency in the socially dominant language. This is viewed as the key to educational success. The use of other languages or linguistic repertoires is not valued in…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Educational Policy, Language Proficiency, Monolingualism
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Jenkins, Edgar – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
When the "Journal of Biological Education" was first published in 1967, biology was still very much the Cinderella of the three school sciences in many countries. Most selective secondary school biology courses readily betrayed their origins as an unconvincing coalition of botany and zoology. In the non-selective secondary modern…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biological Sciences, Science Education History, Science Education
Ermeling, Bradley A.; Graff-Ermeling, Genevieve – Educational Leadership, 2016
More than a decade ago, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies observed that teachers in the United States focused more on "high-interest activities" (games, dramatic presentations, humor, and so on) than on the development of challenging concepts. Since then, the authors have worked with many teaching teams to shift…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Mastery Learning, Sequential Approach, Instructional Design
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Law, Nancy; Niederhauser, Dale S.; Christensen, Rhonda; Shear, Linda – Educational Technology & Society, 2016
In this paper we elaborate and extend the work of the EDUsummIT 2015 Thematic Working Group 7 (TWG7) by proposing a set of indicators on quality Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TEL&T). These indicators are intended as one component of a set of global indicators that could be used to monitor implementation of the Education 2030…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, Information Technology
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Pokropek, Artur – Sociological Methods & Research, 2015
This article combines statistical and applied research perspective showing problems that might arise when measurement error in multilevel compositional effects analysis is ignored. This article focuses on data where independent variables are constructed measures. Simulation studies are conducted evaluating methods that could overcome the…
Descriptors: Error of Measurement, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Simulation, Evaluation Methods
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Mould, Kirsten – Primary Science, 2015
There are many transition points in the school life of a child, but the move from primary to secondary school is a particularly significant one. How can both the social and academic threads remain intact? In this article, Kristen Mould discusses the main issues relating to transition from primary to secondary science. She cites the primary factors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Transitional Programs
Lyons, Douglas; Niblock, Andrew W. – Independent School, 2014
Independent schools are, for the most part, exempt from mandatory participation in standardized tests designed for state and federal comparisons, nor are they required to take part in comparative international assessments. The anxiety in the broader culture, however, is driving a growing interest among independent school parents (and prospective…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Educational Practices
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Katzman, John – Education Next, 2012
This article shares the author's vision for a more responsive education system. States can create a more agile, more American, system of governance that eliminates impediments to improvement, empowers schools to innovate, and uses data to help families find the right schools for their children. The author presents four proposals that would move…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Governance, Educational Innovation, Innovation
Katzman, John – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
It's no surprise that, 28 years after the publication of "A Nation at Risk," school-reform efforts have generated so little effect. The nation's schools have proven, over the past century, adept at resisting change. Recent attempts to inject accountability and innovation have brought an important opportunity. No Child Left Behind helped…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Public Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Describes five types of curriculum differentiation identified in tracking research based on analysis of case study databases of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Case studies include interviews with educators, parents, and students in Germany, Japan, and the United States. Compares parental influence on student tracking…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Cole, Milton W.; Zembal-Saul, Carla – American Journal of Physics, 2002
Explains problems with student achievement in science education that have been present for a long time and are still appearing in recent studies such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Introduces some collaborative activities to enhance elementary science education. (YDS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Schmidt, William; Houang, Richard; Cogan, Leland – American Educator, 2002
Shows that the mathematics curricula used in the highest achieving countries are very similar and coherent. Using a visual comparison, this paper explains where the United States comes up short, noting that in the countries with the highest mathematics achievement, teachers have coherent guidelines (national curricula) and related tools and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Papanastasiou, Constantinos – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2002
Describes patterns of achievement in mathematics and science for elementary and secondary students who participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Discusses the low achievement of Cyprus students and the responses of the public and the educational system. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Mathematics Achievement
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Wang, Jianjun – Educational Researcher, 2001
Examines student performance from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), explaining that the test score component of the TIMSS has some technical problems that should be considered when interpreting results and that TIMSS country rankings should not be accepted at face value. Other technical issues hinge on instrument…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education
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