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Rottmann, Cindy – Journal of Educational Change, 2012
North American teacher unions' positive contributions to educational change have historically flown under the radar of educational policy makers, a situation that has been reified by recent attacks on public sector unions. In this article, I draw on social movement theory and an institutional case study of a self described social justice union to…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Improvement, Unions, Educational Change
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Loveridge, J.; Rosewarne, S.; Shuker, M. J.; Barker, A.; Nager, J. – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2012
This article draws on data from research on how early childhood centres in Aotearoa New Zealand are responding to diversity. The historical and contemporary contexts which are shaping possible responses to diversity are discussed. Two case studies of a parent-led and a teacher-led centre are presented. It is argued that it is important to be more…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Position Papers
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McGinity, Ruth; Gunter, Helen M. – Improving Schools, 2012
Building on a decade of a school-university partnership we report on a current project that is examining the development of a learning policy within Kingswood High School. We focus specifically on the development of a learning culture, and we examine how parents and children are working productively within the official policy. Using empirical data…
Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Improvement
Wylie, Cathy – WestEd, 2012
New Zealand (NZ), a small country of 4.3 million people, has a single national education system. Local authorities have no role in education in NZ, nor are there any school districts. There are four national government education agencies: (1) The Ministry of Education (MOE), established under the Education Act of 1989, is responsible for education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Case Studies, Governance
Day, Simon; Hackman, Sue – WestEd, 2012
This case study explores the United Kingdom's (UK's) approach to improving low-performing schools and presents lessons learned that could be applied in other countries. The study: (1) Gives an overview of the overall structure of UK schools; (2) Provides a context for the country's school-improvement efforts; (3) Reviews the different types of…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Change
Caldwell, Brian J. – WestEd, 2012
Securing a higher level of performance in all schools in all settings has been a major priority of governments in Australia for nearly 40 years. With the first decade of the 21st century drawing to a close, a sense of urgency has grown. The Australian federal government is seeking an education revolution through an unprecedented partnership with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Federal State Relationship, Educational Change, School Turnaround
Horn, Michael B.; Mackey, Katherine – Innosight Institute, 2011
Over the previous two years, Innosight Institute has published a series of case studies about the fast-growing field of online learning in K-12 education. One aim of this effort was to identify policies that had either positive or negative ramifications for students. This policy brief, sponsored by the Joyce Foundation, summarizes some of that…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Best Practices, Educational Quality, Case Studies
Wilkins, Raphael – Institute of Education - London, 2011
This thought-provoking book examines the new and growing phenomenon of the "research-engaged school"--schools that not only encourage their staff to carry out their own research, but also use published research to inform practice and improve the quality of education. The author draws upon his scholarship and practice in local authorities, schools…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, School Culture, Case Studies, Faculty Development
Linn, Marcia C.; Eylon, Bat-Sheva – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011
"Science Learning and Instruction" describes advances in understanding the nature of science learning and their implications for the design of science instruction. The authors show how design patterns, design principles, and professional development opportunities coalesce to create and sustain effective instruction in each primary scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Instructional Design, Earth Science, Biological Sciences
Weiss, Heather B.; Lopez, M. Elena; Stark, Deborah R. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2011
This brief describes how investments in student data systems are taking family engagement and student achievement to a whole new level. In addition to addressing areas where a student most needs improvement, the data can serve as a catalyst for home-school communication. Parents benefit from having information about key indicators on which they…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Student Records, Management Information Systems, Information Systems
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Maguire, Meg; Hoskins, Kate; Ball, Stephen; Braun, Annette – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2011
In this paper, we focus on some of the ways in which schools are both productive of and constituted by sets of "discursive practices, events and texts" that contribute to the process of policy enactment. As Colebatch (2002: 2) says, "policy involves the creation of order--that is, shared understandings about how the various participants will act…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, Case Studies, Secondary Schools
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Young, Michael – Journal of Education and Work, 2011
The one-year research project on the implementation of NQFs in developing countries was launched by the ILO 2009 in collaboration with the ETF. This article reviews some of the educational issues that arose from the project. The findings of the case studies raise issues that are important for how future research and policy on NQFs is taken…
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Program Implementation, Performance Factors, Research Projects
Darling-Hammond, Linda, Ed.; Rothman, Robert, Ed. – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
The issue of teacher effectiveness has risen rapidly to the top of the education policy agenda, and the federal government and states are considering bold steps to improve teacher and leader effectiveness. One place to look for ideas is the experiences of high-performing education systems around the world. Finland, Ontario, and Singapore all have…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
DeYoung, Alan J. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2011
Being a "student" has been and remains a highly desirable status for young people and their families in Kyrgyzstan. "Giving their children education" (dat detyam obrazovaniye)--meaning "higher education"--has become an imperative for many parents, even in a time of serious economic and social decline. The numbers of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Education, Policy Analysis, College Role
Academy for Educational Development, 2011
This paper presents inspiring stories of two school districts--Boston and Sacramento--that are changing their high schools through districtwide student engagement initiatives. These stories illustrate years of hard work, dedication and partnership by many young people, advocates, advisors, teachers, principals and district personnel. Each…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Case Studies, Leadership
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