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O'Brien, Shivaun; McNamara, Gerry; O'Hara, Joe; Brown, Martin; Skerritt, Craig – Improving Schools, 2022
School self-evaluation (SSE) or data-based decision making is now a common feature of mainstream education in an increasing number of jurisdictions. The participation of stakeholders including students, is promoted internationally as a key feature of effective SSE. Despite this, very little research has been carried out on how education systems…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Self Evaluation (Groups), Participative Decision Making, Student Attitudes
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Demetriou, Helen; Nicholl, Bill – Improving Schools, 2022
According to the age-old proverb from Plato's "Republic: necessity is the mother of invention," the main motivation for creating new discoveries is the need for them. However, as well as the necessity factor, we argue that a very important aspect that influences invention and creativity is the "empathy factor." This mixed…
Descriptors: Empathy, Foreign Countries, Creative Thinking, Creativity Tests
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Vassallo, Brian – Improving Schools, 2022
The quest for educational leaders to enact social and equitable schooling requires ongoing critical transformations that cannot be alienated from contemporary educational discourses and practices. Enacting social justice and equitable schooling poses an unparalleled challenge on the shoulders of risk-taking visionaries, who meticulously attempt to…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Multicultural Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Schools
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Petrasek, Michael; James, Anthony; Noltemeyer, Amity; Green, Jennifer; Palmer, Katelyn – Improving Schools, 2022
A motivating and engaging school environment has been associated with several positive student outcomes. Consequently, schools have an opportunity and responsibility to promote a culture that supports students in developing and maintaining their motivation, engagement, and self-improvement. Efforts to promote such a culture can be embedded within…
Descriptors: Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Positive Behavior Supports
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Bzour, Mahyoub; Zuki, Fathiah Mohamed; Mispan, Muhamad – Improving Schools, 2022
This study was conducted to assess the experience and causes of school dropout among public secondary (high) schools in Palestine, and to explore processes to combat this. We identify the factors and illustrate a conceptual model for student dropout from school. This involves diverse factors including family background, teachers, school's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dropouts, High School Students, Dropout Prevention
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Adams, Shirley Eileen; Myran, Steve – Improving Schools, 2022
Countries around the world have increased their focus on high quality early childhood programing. Recognizing the importance of parental and community engagement as a lever for improving child development and learning outcomes, and as a means of addressing social justice challenges, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Barriers, Social Justice
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Lezotte, Stephanie; Krishnamurthy, Sharada; Tulino, Daniel; Zion, Shelley – Improving Schools, 2022
The assumption that research is out-of-reach, irrelevant, or unusable for practitioners has been a theme echoed throughout academia. Research alliances such as Research-Practice Partnerships (RPP) attempt to alleviate this problem by having researchers, practitioners, and/or community-based organizations form a collaborative partnership that uses…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Trust (Psychology)
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Torres, Ana Cristina; Mouraz, Ana – Improving Schools, 2022
This paper introduces a partnership between researchers in Education Sciences and high school students and discusses the students' perceptions of the effects of taking on the role of researchers in Education Sciences. These partnerships were established to develop a project in which high school students researched their school's everyday life in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Research, Educational Research, Partnerships in Education
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Gibbs, Kathryn; Bozaid, Ali – Improving Schools, 2022
In the last decade, inclusive education (IE) has become a trending topic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This small-scale, qualitative Saudi study reports on how some teachers view IE in their country and whether students with a disability (autism) could be educated in mainstream schools. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Students with Disabilities, Teacher Attitudes
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Brady, Jude; Wilson, Elaine – Improving Schools, 2022
Teaching is understood to be a highly stressful profession. In England, workload, high-stakes accountability policies and pupil behaviour are often cited as stressors that contribute to teachers' decisions to leave posts in the state-funded sector. Many of these teachers leave state teaching to take jobs in private schools, but very little is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Private Schools
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Afzal Tajik, Mir; Shamatov, Duishon; Fillipova, Lyudmila – Improving Schools, 2022
Since its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has initiated major reforms to upgrade its education system. However, significant disparities exist in the quality of educational provision in rural and urban schools. This study presents the stakeholders' -- school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and education managers -- vision, priorities, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Stakeholders, Leaders, Teachers
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Mahmud, Arif – Improving Schools, 2022
The secondary school transition is considered a critical life event by practitioners and researchers alike, and the challenges presented by the pupils during this transition continues to be high-profile in educational, social and political contexts. This study focused on Year 7 pupils aged 11 to 12 years old in their first year of secondary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Student Promotion, Student Adjustment
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Kipp, Andrew L.; Clark, J. Spencer – Improving Schools, 2022
The purpose of this article is to address student absenteeism through the theoretical lens of ecological agency and to encourage the use of ecological agency in a school setting to address student absenteeism more holistically. We align absenteeism research within the ecological agency framework and suggest that absenteeism is a manifestation of…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Students, Personal Autonomy, Educational Environment
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Saebø, Grethe Ingebrigtsvold; Midtsundstad, Jorunn H. – Improving Schools, 2022
This article presents findings from an innovation research project titled School-In, focusing on school staff's reflection. Teachers in four schools participated in focus group discussions in the beginning and at the end of the innovation. Wackerhausen's theory is used to understand reflection and how it develops in professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Innovation, Critical Thinking, Reflection
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Intxausti-Intxausti, Nahia; Oregui-González, Eider; Azpillaga-Larrea, Verónica – Improving Schools, 2022
The aim of this study was to characterize those schools in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (Spain) with high numbers of immigrant students in accordance with their effectiveness level (high or low). Three effectiveness criteria (scores, residuals, and times) were used to select the schools, resulting in three models: a ceiling or…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness
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