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Syring, Marcus; Tillmann, Teresa; Sacher, Nicole; Weiß, Sabine; Kiel, Ewald – Improving Schools, 2018
The present study is aimed at identifying demands and tasks that are considered important by experts in the field of interculturalism for the successful development of schools. Although different theoretical models about intercultural school development, incorporating various conditions and dimensions, have already been suggested, gaps in research…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Institutional Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development
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Osiname, Ayodeji Tolulope – Improving Schools, 2018
This article integrates relevant literature with the lived experiences of five school principals regarding how they utilized different leadership styles to build an inclusive school culture. The conceptual framework--a Critical Inclusive Praxis, including culture, change, leadership, inclusion and challenge--provided a base for the literature and…
Descriptors: Principals, Inclusion, School Culture, Praxis
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Munongi, Lucia; Pillay, Jace – Improving Schools, 2018
This study aimed to explore Grade 9 learners' perceptions on the extent to which rights and responsibilities are taught in the school curriculum. The sample consisted of 577 learners from 13 public, independent and independent-subsidised schools, randomly sampled from four Johannesburg education districts. Data were collected through a…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, School Districts, Curriculum Development, Statistical Analysis
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Heineke, Amy; Papola-Ellis, Aimee; Cohen, Sarah; Davin, Kristin – Improving Schools, 2018
Across the globe, schools serve students from increasingly diverse backgrounds, including those still learning the dominant language. But schools have struggled to maintain pace with the changing population, resulting in a lack of prepared teachers and subsequent gaps in student achievement. In this article, we share a theoretically grounded and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Apprenticeships, Models, Second Language Learning
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Bremm, Nina; Racherbäumer, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2018
Drawing upon a broad concept of inclusion, the first section of this article is dedicated to a critical discussion of the principle of "equal opportunities," which currently dominates the social justice discourse in Germany. Specifically, this section examines how far this principle, which focuses on the role of the individual in…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Talent
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Kruse, Stefan; Dedering, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2018
In the mid-1990s, inclusion was introduced into discussions on education; today, we still do not have a precisely defined concept of inclusion. This article focuses its attention in this context on Germany, which in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009 embarked on the path towards realising an inclusive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Kovac, Velibor Bobo; Tveit, Anne Dorthe; Omdal, Heidi; Lund, Ingrid – Improving Schools, 2018
Although the quantity of literature on organizational sustainability in the realm of education represents a well-developed research area, the literature in this field does not sufficiently emphasize the notion of directional motion as important to institutional change. The aim of this work is the attempt to propose an empirically based model of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, Motion
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Tsukui, Atsushi; Saito, Eisuke – Improving Schools, 2018
In studies on teacher professional development, the embodiment of teachers' values in professional practice has emerged as an important area of focus. Employing the sociocultural approach, this study discusses the link between teachers' acts and underlying values based on a Vietnamese teacher's detailed field notes on cases of school reform…
Descriptors: Values, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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Coffey, Anne; Lavery, Shane – Improving Schools, 2018
Traditionally, student leadership has been seen as the prerogative of senior students. Very little research has been conducted on how schools nurture and develop leadership skills in students in the middle years of schooling. This article provides an overview of student leadership in six secondary schools with a particular focus on student…
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Middle School Students
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Soini, Tiina; Pietarinen, Janne; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Improving Schools, 2018
Curriculum reform that has an effect on the everyday practices in schools always entails translation of new ideas into new educational practices. This takes place primarily through shared sense making. However, our understanding of the different ways in which shared sense making is carried out is still scarce. In Finland, the district level plays…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, School Districts, Board of Education Role
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Visone, Jeremy D. – Improving Schools, 2018
The US National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Program annually recognizes hundreds of schools successful in their states' accountability systems. NBRS are studied for effective practices worth replicating. In this study, 2016 NBRS Program applications (n = 24) yielded insight about espoused collaborative practices, providing information about the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Recognition (Achievement), Accountability, Decision Making
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Dedering, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2018
External consultancy in schools by those who do not belong to the teaching staff has always been an important factor in school development. Such consulting goes hand in hand with the idea that internal school development processes and their results can be influenced positively by external experts. This is even more so for "failing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Consultants, School Effectiveness, Low Achievement
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Nordholm, Daniel; Liljenberg, Mette – Improving Schools, 2018
This article focuses on the interplay between the concepts of 'educational infrastructure' and 'organisational memory'. Using data from collaboration between a Swedish university and a local municipality, the article draws attention to the interplay between three nation-wide improvement programmes and their educational infrastructures, and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socialization, Municipalities, Educational Improvement
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Niemi, Reetta; Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Lipponen, Lasse – Improving Schools, 2018
In the new national core curriculum for Finnish preschool and basic education, rationales for supporting pupil participation are framed by the goal of developing school communities by listening to pupils' perspectives, the social nature of teaching and learning and pupils' participatory role in planning, implementing and evaluating their own…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Grade 2
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Hill, Kirsten Dara – Improving Schools, 2018
This community-based participatory research study examined the perspectives of parent participants in an organized parent network in Detroit seeking the best school options for their children entering Kindergarten within city boundaries. Their residency and school choices have emerged against the grain of public schools that have racially charged…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Urban Schools, Parent Attitudes, School Choice
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