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Brown, Martin; McNamara, Gerry; O'Brien, Shivaun; Skerritt, Craig; O'Hara, Joe; Faddar, Jerich; Cinqir, Sakir; Vanhoof, Jan; Figueiredo, Maria; Kurum, Gül – Improving Schools, 2020
Current approaches to the regulation of schools in most jurisdictions tend to combine elements of external inspection with systems of internal self-evaluation. An increasingly important aspect of the theory and practice of both, but particularly the latter, revolves around the role of other actors, primarily parents and students, in the process.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Student Participation, Educational Planning
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Mc Keon, David – Improving Schools, 2020
The use of 'soft barriers' to deter students with special educational needs (SEN) from accessing some schools has been reported in the Irish media. This article investigates the influence of ethos and culture on access to and inclusive practice in mainstream schools in Ireland. Ethos and culture are nebulous concepts yet are integral to how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Access to Education, Special Needs Students
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Skerritt, Craig – Improving Schools, 2019
Despite a lack of conclusive evidence connecting autonomous schools and academic success, school autonomy is regularly championed as being a way of not only improving schools but as a way of improving the quality of education in socially and economically deprived areas. This research builds on a recent paper published in "Irish Educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Institutional Autonomy, Disadvantaged Schools
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Regan, Elaine – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on students' perspectives of an in-school promotional intervention aimed at challenging traditional methods of teaching science in schools in an effort to inspire interest in school science and increase enrolments. First, the context for the research is discussed before briefly describing the intervention strategy employed and…
Descriptors: Intervention, Chemistry, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes