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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2017
Research results have provided evidence of the potential contribution that professional learning communities (PLCs) can make to enhance school outcomes. While numerous organizational and cultural aspects of schools have been recognized as key requirements for PLC success, researchers have noted that a teacher's ability to share knowledge in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Principals, Administrator Role
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López-Vargas, Omar; Duarte-Suárez, Leydy; Ibáñez-Ibáñez, Jaime – Improving Schools, 2017
The research reviews the existing relationship between teachers' computer self-efficacy, cognitive style in the field dependence-independence (FDI) dimension, and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). It also inquired into the influence of teachers' performance area on self-efficacy and TPACK. In total, 208 teachers from a public…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Self Efficacy
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Alkahtani, Aishah – Improving Schools, 2017
This study examines the ways in which Saudi teachers have responded or are responding to the challenges posed by a new curriculum. It also deals with issues relating to workload demands which affect teachers' performance when they apply a new curriculum in a Saudi Arabian secondary school. In addition, problems such as scheduling and sharing space…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Secondary School Teachers
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Adolfsson, Carl-Henrik; Alvunger, Daniel – Improving Schools, 2017
In school systems around the world, there is an increasing focus on students' academic achievement. The challenge of how to improve schools is an important issue for all levels in the school system. However, a central question of both practical and theoretical relevance is how it is possible to understand why (or why not) school-development…
Descriptors: Interaction, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, School Effectiveness
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Gallego-Arrufat, María-Jesús; Gutiérrez-Santiuste, Elba; Campaña-Jiménez, Rafael Luis – Improving Schools, 2017
This study analyzes the perception that teachers and management team members in secondary school education have of "technology-based educational innovation" (TEI). Two questionnaires and in-depth interviews permit us to analyze leaders' perspective of planning, development, and evaluation. The school leaders' view diverges from that of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Technology Integration
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Wilhelmsen, Gunvor B – Improving Schools, 2016
Although good visual capacity is essential for children's learning, we have limited understanding of the various visual functions among school starters. In order to extend this knowledge, a small-scale study was undertaken involving 24 preschool children age 5-6 years who completed a test battery originally designed for visual impairment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Visual Impairments, Visual Acuity, Gender Differences
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Nuttall, Amanda – Improving Schools, 2016
This article draws on an inquiry into the design and implementation of the curriculum in a case study urban primary school in the north of England. In response to the introduction of the revised National Curriculum in September 2014, teachers and the school head engaged in a critical discourse around their perceptions of students' attainment and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Urban Schools, Elementary Schools, Curriculum Implementation
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Simó, Núria; Parareda, Alba; Domingo, Laura – Improving Schools, 2016
This article sets out to explore how young people understand and experience the notions of democracy and participation in their secondary schools. We draw on their own words to examine their perspective on "participation" in everyday life at school to understand what kind of democratic education they are participating in. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Secondary School Students, Student Experience
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Thomas, Paul; Changezi, Sofie Haug; Enstad, Martin – Improving Schools, 2016
This study explores typologies of modes of ethnic boundary-making among upper secondary school students in one school in Oslo, Norway, which has witnessed a seismic shift in its uptake of students who are mainly from non-White or "immigrant" backgrounds. Wimmer's typologies of modes of boundary-making--"contraction" and…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Immigrants, Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups
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Lewis, Kirstin – Improving Schools, 2016
Recent UK government policy suggests that all schools have a key role to play in building "character and resilience" in children. This article draws on data from a wider research project, exploring the school experiences of mixed White/Black Caribbean and mixed White/Black African children in two London secondary schools. Because data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multiracial Persons, Blacks, Whites
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Panero, Nell Scharff – Improving Schools, 2016
This study is an analysis of the curriculum used to teach writing at one US high school in which outcomes for students were extremely strong. The study surfaces what was different in the approach used from what is typically understood and promoted as best practice in the teaching of writing. It does so in order to surface what elements of writing…
Descriptors: High School Students, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Best Practices
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Vassilopoulou, Antonia; Mavrikaki, Evangelia – Improving Schools, 2016
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is one of the most frequently occurring disorders in school children, and information and communication technology (ICT) in education is one of the tools that is lately considered as helpful for the education of some children with disorders. This research is a case study--using mixed-methods--of the…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Biology
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Bragg, Sara – Improving Schools, 2016
This article discusses "Choice and Challenge" as a tool for school improvement and as a "practicable pedagogy" that attempts to embody the principles of "learning without limits," rejecting ability grouping and labelling. As considered here, "Choice and Challenge" emerges specifically from practice at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Implementation, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Improvement
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Egalite, Anna J.; Mills, Jonathan N.; Greene, Jay P. – Improving Schools, 2016
With an abundance of datasets of standardized test score data, researchers and education policymakers run the risk of focusing exclusively on the measurement of cognitive outcomes in key academic subjects such as math and reading at the expense of important non-cognitive outcomes. We use behavioral measures of conscientiousness, perseverance, and…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Cognitive Tests, Student Evaluation, Residential Schools
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Hopkins, Elizabeth; Hendry, Helen; Garrod, Frank; McClare, Siobhan; Pettit, Daniel; Smith, Luke; Burrell, Hannah; Temple, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2016
The research explores the views of teachers about how their teaching is evaluated by others. The tensions between evaluations motivated by the drive to improve practice (school self-evaluation) and evaluation related to external accountability (external evaluation-inspection) are considered, linked to findings and ideas reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Inspection, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability
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