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Wurdinger, Scott; Enloe, Walter – Improving Schools, 2011
Surveys that focused on academic and life skill development were collected from alumni who attended Avalon Charter School in St Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small public charter school that uses project-based learning as their primary teaching method. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Student Projects, Time Management, Alumni
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Michail, Samia – Improving Schools, 2011
This article explores the varied ways in which schools can respond to students who present with challenging behaviours and who are at risk of disengagement from learning. It sets out a typology of school responses and reflects on the philosophies which underpin each approach. In an effort to rethink the use of suspensions within schools, which…
Descriptors: Suspension, Parent School Relationship, Student Behavior, Learner Engagement
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Vanhoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Improving Schools, 2011
In exchange for the autonomy they have been granted, schools are required to evaluate the quality of the education they provide. Self-evaluation initiatives are a frequently chosen method. The present article reveals the underlying processes which have an impact on the results of such self-evaluations. It is based on research which demonstrates…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Improvement, Research Design, Questionnaires
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Spudich, Dimana; Spudich, Christine – Improving Schools, 2010
This article focuses on intergenerational communication and provides a practical approach for how teachers and administrators can implement intergenerational programs in their schools. A discussion of the social and cultural implications of intergenerational communication is offered, and a review of literature regarding intergenerational programs…
Descriptors: Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Volunteers, Interpersonal Communication
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Demetriou, Helen; Wilson, Elaine – Improving Schools, 2010
Recent research has highlighted the merits of consulting children in both primary and secondary schools about their teaching and learning. This article looks at the effectiveness of pupil voice in not only maximizing the potential of pupils and students but also the consequences for helping teachers in turn--and especially newly qualified…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Students
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Beese, Jane; Liang, Xin – Improving Schools, 2010
The "PISA 2006 Science Literacy Assessment" results report Finland as the first ranked country out of the 30 developed nations that participated in the testing (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2007). The United States was ranked 21st. Closer examination of school and student variables may help explain these…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Socioeconomic Status, Science Achievement, Teacher Qualifications
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Covell, Katherine; Howe, R. Brian; McNeil, Justin K. – Improving Schools, 2010
Evaluations of a children's rights education initiative in schools in Hampshire, England--consistent with previous research findings--demonstrate the effectiveness of a framework of rights for school policy, practice, and teaching, for promoting rights-respecting attitudes and behaviors among children, and for improving the school ethos. The value…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, School Policy, Program Implementation
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Parr, Judy M.; Timperley, Helen S. – Improving Schools, 2010
This article develops the analogy of the "black box" in relation to different levels of a professional development project to understand the nature of learning that results in higher student achievement. Principles of formative assessment are used to frame the on-going, evidence-informed inquiry into learning that operated at each level…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Professional Development, Inquiry, Writing Achievement
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Barnes, Jonathan – Improving Schools, 2010
This report summarizes GENERATE, a pilot research project conducted by 12 artists and their children 3-14. Simply put, these artist/art educator/parents allowed their own children unlimited access to their studios, materials, equipment and workspaces for two years. During that time the children were able to work alongside their parents on making…
Descriptors: Motivation, Child Rearing, Creativity, Student Projects
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Saito, Eisuke; Hien, Do Thi; Hang, Khong Thi Diem – Improving Schools, 2010
This article explores the case of a Vietnamese teacher whose conception of teaching changed greatly following a short but intensive series of lessons based on the Japanese experiences with atomic bombs. The following three issues are considered: 1) what types of efforts teachers should make to increase the depth of their lessons, on the basis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Organization, Educational Practices, Peace
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Anderson, Margery K.; Alnaimi, Tarfa Nasser; Alhajri, Shaikha Hamad – Improving Schools, 2010
During the past decade, the State of Qatar has positioned itself as a leader of educational reform. In 2004, Education for a New Era (ENE) established internationally benchmarked curriculum in Qatari "Independent Schools". Educational reform was to provide an educated workforce and economic prosperity based on a competitive,…
Descriptors: Student Research, Learning Strategies, Student Surveys, Educational Change
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Pons, Oriol; Oliva, Josep-Manuel; Maas, Sandra-Ruth – Improving Schools, 2010
Since 2000 hundreds of school centers have been constructed in Catalonia using industrialized technologies. These centers are modern, useful, educational edifices built using advantageous prefabricated technologies that improve the building process and reduce the environmental impact of the building. This article analyses whether these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prefabrication, Educational Facilities Design, School Buildings
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Boikhutso, Keene – Improving Schools, 2010
The aim of this study is to examine the problems facing University of Botswana's Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) student-teachers with respect to their pedagogical practices during school placements. The study attempts to locate the issue of lesson plans and use of behavioural objectives within the general discourse on school…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Educational Objectives, Articulation (Education), Educational Change
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Brodin, Jane – Improving Schools, 2010
Opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in school on equal conditions as others are often stressed, while reality shows that many children with disabilities are still segregated. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been highlighted as a tool for communication and inclusion for children with disabilities but from…
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Measures (Individuals), Assistive Technology, Special Needs Students
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Gillies, Donald; Wilson, Alastair; Soden, Rebecca; Gray, Shirley; McQueen, Irene – Improving Schools, 2010
Engagement in learning is seen as a key to success at school. The article reports on a study into the ways in which one school has attempted to engage with its community in an area of multiple deprivation. Using Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital, the article explores the ways in which school management aims to boost students' embodied…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Cultural Differences, Academic Achievement, Learning Strategies
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