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Lund, Lea – Improving Schools, 2020
Research in the field of professional development (PD) stresses the importance of the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) designed to promote the process of inquiry in teaching. PLCs are of great importance with regard to both school improvement and in-service teacher training. This article shows that it is possible to teach…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Communities of Practice, Reflective Teaching, Inquiry
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Garnett, Bernice; Moore, Mika; Kidde, Jon; Ballysingh, Tracy A.; Kervick, Colby T.; Bedinger, Lisa; Smith, Lance C.; Sparks, Henri – Improving Schools, 2020
Persistent disparities in exclusionary discipline procedures continue to portent negative educational outcomes for students from specific racial, income, and ability categories. Restorative practices (RP) has emerged as a promising approach to mitigate these disparities and improve school climate. This study describes the utility of…
Descriptors: Readiness, Needs Assessment, Discipline, Partnerships in Education
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Espinoza, Oscar; González, Luis Eduardo; McGinn, Noel; Castillo, Dante – Improving Schools, 2020
Improvement in education has been one of the strategies of the government of Chile to reduce economic inequality. To that end, it recently established a system of Second Opportunity Centers that enroll out-of-school youth who have not completed high school. The system is modeled on so-called alternative schools operating in Europe and the United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Dropouts, At Risk Students
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Huilla, Heidi – Improving Schools, 2020
This study analyses how studies on disadvantaged schools, improvement and test-based accountability relate to each other. The analysis covers 69 studies on disadvantaged schools reported in prestigious educational journals and conducted in 1995-2015. Educational policies related to evaluation and accountability define the official goals of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Accountability, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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Hepburn, Lorna; Beamish, Wendi – Improving Schools, 2020
Proactive classroom management is associated with increased teacher wellbeing and improved student learning outcomes. Yet research indicates that many teachers over-report and underuse practices associated with this approach. The research findings reported here were drawn from semi-structured interviews conducted with 26 government secondary…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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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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Patel, Sejal; Cummins, Natalie – Improving Schools, 2019
This qualitative case study investigates student and school staff perceptions of transitions and changing social dynamics due to a temporary closure of an elementary school undergoing redesign in an inner-city neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 75 students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and 28 staff who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, School Closing, Urban Schools
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Trahan, Keith; Romero, Stephanie Maietta; Ramos, Renata de Almeida; Zollars, Jeffrey; Tananis, Cynthia – Improving Schools, 2019
Making is a movement present in the United States which fosters creativity and invention through the creation and sharing of products. This case study of one Western Pennsylvania school district's integration of Making into its lower and upper secondary schools shows how the investment in space and equipment, guided by visionary leadership, can…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Creative Activities, Integrated Curriculum
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Leek, Joanna – Improving Schools, 2019
The understanding of youth participation in the current article relates to ideas of citizenship and active involvement in global concerns. In this understanding of the term, schools are important agents for education for global citizenship, and play a role in the developing engagement of young people. Using data from focus groups with teachers (n…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Participation, Youth, Student Experience
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Al Ahbabi, Nafla Mahdi – Improving Schools, 2019
This article reports on findings related to possible strategies of improving school effectiveness in Abu Dhabi from the perspectives of their stakeholders' perceptions, namely, principals, teachers, students, and parents. This study considered 18 strategies of meaningful school improvement (SI) to help align Abu Dhabi schools to international…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, School Effectiveness
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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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Borg, Elin; Drange, Ida – Improving Schools, 2019
The main objective of this study is to identify and understand interprofessional collaboration practices in schools using a mixed-methods design. First, we conducted a literature review on interprofessional collaboration in schools to give insights into the ways teachers and other professions collaborate with each other, and what kind of…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Outcomes of Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Williams, Joseph M.; Greenleaf, Arie T.; Barnes, Erin F.; Scott, Tracey R. – Improving Schools, 2019
Children and adolescents from low-income families now comprise a majority of public school students nationally. As the number of students from low-income backgrounds increases, so does the achievement gap between them and their wealthier peers. This phenomenological qualitative study examined a national sample of high-achieving, low-income middle…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Low Income Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Mowat, Joan Gaynor – Improving Schools, 2019
The primary-secondary transition presents both opportunities and challenges for children. For some, it may represent a 'critical period' which impacts their future mental health and well-being. This article focuses on identifying the affordances and constraints of a group-work approach to support children with social, emotional and behavioural…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Barriers
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McManus, Elaine; Paul, Sally – Improving Schools, 2019
The role of schools in both educating children about loss and change and supporting bereavement experiences is emphasised, yet, school staff report low confidence in being able to support children when someone dies. This article reports on an evaluation of bereavement training that was offered to eight schools in Scotland and aimed to assist…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grief, Children, Training
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