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Brumen, Mihaela; Fojkar, Mateja Dagarin – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2012
The introduction of foreign languages into the first three-year cycle of primary school has spurred the need for qualified teachers, and is one of the main discussion points among experts in foreign language teaching. Most of the contemporary studies report that there is a global gap between the supply of qualified teachers of foreign languages to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Gradišek, Polona – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2012
Character strengths and life satisfaction of Slovenian in-service and preservice teachers were researched. The VIA-IS self-assessment questionnaire has been translated into the Slovenian language and has been used for the first time in Slovenia. A total of 173 primary school teachers and 77 student teachers from the Faculty of Education,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Life Satisfaction
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Lugossy, Réka – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2012
This qualitative study describes and analyses young language learners' spontaneous comments while sharing picture books during EFL sessions. It also explores teachers' responses to learners' comments, and considers reasons teachers may choose to ignore children's talk in their first language (L1). Data were collected from young Hungarian learners…
Descriptors: Picture Books, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Interaction
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Erbeli, Florina; Pižorn, Karmen – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2012
This study examined the difference between less-skilled and skilled L1 Slovene English as foreign language (EFL) students in foreign language (L2) fluency and L2 orthographic skills; 93 less-skilled Grade 7 L1 Slovene students and 102 skilled Grade 7 L1 Slovene students participated in the study. The results showed that skilled readers performed…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Reading Fluency, Reading Skills, Orthographic Symbols
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Jarvis, Tina; Pell, Anthony; Hingley, Philip – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
This paper reports on how different types of teachers responded to in-service aimed at developing investigative-based science education (IBSE) in primary schools, and the extent to which they applied their new skills in the classroom. Common items from evaluation questionnaires allowed data to be combined from three major in-service programmes.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Science Education
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Kirkgöz, Yasemin; Agçam, Reyhan – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
Since language and culture are closely interwoven, the integration of culture into textbooks used for teaching English as a second/foreign language has become a widely accepted phenomenon. This study investigates the cultural elements in locally published English textbooks used for Turkish primary schools following two major curriculum innovations…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Elementary Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Batic, Janja – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
Spatial (architectural) design is one of five fields introduced to pupils as part of art education. In planning architectural design tasks, one should take into consideration the particularities of the architectural design process and enable pupils to experience space and relationships within space through their own movement. Furthermore, pupils…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Architectural Education, Art Education, Building Design
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Feierabend, Timo; Eilks, Ingo – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
This paper describes a three-year curriculum innovation project on teaching about climate change. The innovation for this study focused on a socio-critical approach towards teaching climate change in four different teaching domains (biology, chemistry, physics and politics). The teaching itself explicitly aimed at general educational objectives,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Participatory Research, Reflection, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Margalef García, Leonor – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to share knowledge generated through the implementation of "Teaching Innovation Teams" as a strategy for teachers' professional development and innovation at the University of Alcala (Spain). We analyse the contributions of this strategy to the facilitation of curriculum innovation in higher education and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning
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Niemi, Hannele – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
For decades, the Finnish orientation toward teacher education (TE) has committed itself to the development of an inquiry oriented and research-based professional culture. The aims of teacher education are to train students to find and analyse problems they may expect to face in their future work. This study consists of a survey of student teachers…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education
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Antoniou, Panayiotis; Kyriakides, Leonidas; Creemers, Bert P. M. – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
This paper argues that research on teacher professional development could be integrated with validated theoretical models of educational effectiveness research (EER). A dynamic integrated approach (DIA) to teacher professional development is proposed. The methods and results of a study comparing the impact of the DIA and the Holistic-Reflective…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Integrated Activities, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Skills
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Juriševic, Mojca – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
The purpose of the research was, with the aid of a short questionnaire, to determine how postgraduate students (N = 32) perceive the opportunities for creative research in general, and how they perceive creativity in the preparation of their own research work in particular. Descriptive analysis shows that students (1) perceive a positive…
Descriptors: Creativity, Graduate Students, Questionnaires, Student Research
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Radó, Péter – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
The paper aims to contribute to the assessment of the contextual relevance of various educational policies through an analysis of three aspects of the performance profiles of European countries: participation, the quality of learning outcomes and the equity of learning outcomes. Comparative analysis of international student achievement assessment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Participation, Educational Quality
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Šori, Iztok; Šušteric, Nika; Gaber, Slavko – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
Achievement gaps between immigrant and native students indicate failure to assure educational equity in the majority of countries assessed by the Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009 (PISA, 2009). The present article explains disparate achievement results in Europe, first testing the hypothesis of old and new democracies. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Migrant Children, Academic Achievement
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Pavlovic Babic, Dragica; Baucal, Aleksandar – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2011
The PISA 2009 results in Serbia show a big improvement in reading literacy compared to 2006 -- the average score is 41 points higher, which is equal to the effect of a whole year of schooling in OECD countries and represents the second highest improvement ever recorded in a PISA study. In the present paper, we discuss potential reasons for such a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Achievement, Educational Improvement, Achievement Gains
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