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Hall, Kathy; Collins, Janet; Benjamin, Shereen; Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron – British Educational Research Journal, 2004
Adopting a sociocultural theoretical framework and based on ethnographic data from two primary schools, this article seeks to answer the question: what meanings about inclusion and exclusion are encoded in school and classroom practices? It documents the (inclusionary and) exclusionary pedagogic processes that influence learning and children's…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools, Student Evaluation
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McAllister, Wendy – British Educational Research Journal, 1995
Reports on an action research study by a classroom teacher with 24 12-year-old students to determine whether they can work effectively in cooperative groups without training. Recommends that teachers take time to discover interpersonal relationships and factors in the students' social framework. (CFR)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cooperative Learning, Foreign Countries, Group Activities
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Gorard, Stephen; Roberts, Karen; Taylor, Chris – British Educational Research Journal, 2004
This article considers the emerging method of design experimentation, and its developing use in educational research. It considers the extent to which design experiments are different from other, more established, methods and the extent to which elements of established methods can be adapted for use in conjunction with them. One major issue to be…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scientific Methodology, Research Design
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Topping, K. J.; Samuels, J.; Paul, T. – British Educational Research Journal, 2008
To explore whether different balances of fiction/non-fiction reading and challenge might help explain differences in reading achievement between genders, data on 45,670 pupils who independently read over 3 million books were analysed. Moderate (rather than high or low) levels of challenge were positively associated with achievement gain, but…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Gender Differences
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Riley, Jeni; Burrell, Andrew; McCallum, Bet – British Educational Research Journal, 2004
This article describes a small-scale study which emanated from the concern of the head teachers and staff of two primary schools serving deprived, multicultural areas of an inner city. The concern of the staff related to the level of their pupils' spoken language skills through the schools and the perceived impact that this has on pupils learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Urban Education, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Plowman, Lydia; Stephen, Christine – British Educational Research Journal, 2008
Researchers who use video to record interactions usually need to translate the video data into another medium at some stage in order to facilitate its analysis and dissemination. This article considers some methodological issues that arise in this process by examining transcripts, diagrams and pictures as examples of different techniques for…
Descriptors: Interaction, Data Analysis, Research Methodology, Videotape Recordings
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Kutnick, Peter; Marshall, David – British Educational Research Journal, 1993
Maintains that teachers often ask groups of pupils to undertake computer tasks with the understanding that positive benefits will result within the social context of learning. Reports on a study of the impact of social skills training on two fifth-grade British classes. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning
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Simco, N. P. – British Educational Research Journal, 1995
Proposes a methodology for the naturalistic investigation of classroom environments in primary schools. Maintains that this approach is derived from a critique of the work of classroom ecologist Walter Doyle. Proposes suggestions for empirical research methods for naturalistic investigation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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Cooper, Paul W. – British Educational Research Journal, 1993
Asserts that the need for precise and detailed procedures in the collection of qualitative data is of paramount importance. Describes qualitative procedures that were used in a research study of teachers' and students' perceptions of effective teaching and learning. (CFR)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Studies
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Visscher, Adrie J.; Witziers, Bob – British Educational Research Journal, 2004
A growing body of literature suggests that when schools become professional communities there are expected benefits in terms of teacher learning, school improvement and student achievement. In this article the concept of professional communities is examined for certain subject departments in Dutch secondary schools. The authors report on research…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Departments, Mathematics Teachers, Academic Achievement
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Griffiths, Morwenna; Davies, Carol – British Educational Research Journal, 1993
Reports on an action research study on improving equality of opportunity for students in a socially and racially mixed classroom. Finds that students were empowered by their involvement setting up and drawing conclusions from the study. Questions the extent to which research should focus on race, social class, or gender. (CFR)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cultural Differences
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Goodson, Ivor F.; Mangan, Marshall J. – British Educational Research Journal, 1995
Explores the changes wrought in subject discipline classroom cultures by the introduction of computers. Discovered different adaptations and approaches among the subject discipline cultures. Art, technology, and family studies adjusted easier than social studies. Social studies teachers often felt computer instruction stole time away from content…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education
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Abbott, Dorothy; And Others – British Educational Research Journal, 1994
Examines the British government's goal of introducing criterion-referenced, formative student evaluation in primary schools. Reports on a case study in which the reliability of a Standard Assessment Task was examined in three second-grade classrooms. Questions whether or not the decision to drop the task from the test was correct. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests
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Bennett, Neville – British Educational Research Journal, 1996
Questions major participants in England's school system about the problem of increasing class size. Assesses several broad areas affected by class size, including children as learners, management of resources, decision making, and teachers' classroom practices. Discovers a general consensus of concern over increasing class size. (MJP)
Descriptors: Administrators, Class Size, Classroom Environment, Crowding
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Gipps, Caroline V. – British Educational Research Journal, 1993
Argues that educational research and policymaking are hampered by increased intervention by governmental agencies and misrepresentation in the media. Asserts that current educational reform efforts are in conflict with research findings related to curriculum, learning, and assessment. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Researchers
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