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Kitiashvili, Anastasia – Improving Schools, 2014
The aim of this article is to study teachers' attitudes toward assessment of students' learning and their assessment practices in Georgia's general educational institutions. Georgia is a country in the South Caucasus with a population of 4.5 million people, with 2300 general educational institutions and about 559,400 students. The research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Szczesiul, Stacy; Huizenga, Jessica – Improving Schools, 2014
Based on qualitative data collected over a 6-month period, this article examines how teachers' experiences of principal leadership practice influence their capacity to engage in meaningful collegial interactions during structured collaboration. Similar to previous studies, our findings confirm the limitations of leadership that relies primarily on…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Principals, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership
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Woolner, Pamela; Clark, Jill; Laing, Karen; Thomas, Ulrike; Tiplady, Lucy – Improving Schools, 2014
This article considers a school community initiating change in pedagogical practices to complement new-build premises in the context of demands for school improvement, but constraints on autonomy. We investigate how school leaders planned the change towards enquiry-based learning in flexible spaces, and how teaching staff prepared for the coming…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement
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Finlayson, Maureen – Improving Schools, 2014
In today's educational systems, students of all levels of education experience math anxiety. Furthermore, math anxiety is frequently linked to poor achievement in mathematics. The purpose of this study is to examine the causes of math anxiety and to explore strategies which pre-service teachers have identified to overcome math anxiety. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Preservice Teachers
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Caputo, Andrea; Rastelli, Valentina – Improving Schools, 2014
This study provides preliminary evidence from an Italian in-service training program addressed to lower secondary school teachers which supports school improvement plans (SIPs). It aims at exploring the association between characteristics/contents of SIPs and student improvement in math achievement. Pre-post standardized tests and text analysis of…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Educational Improvement, Secondary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education
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Tucker, Stan; Trotman, Dave; Rusu, Horatiu; Mara, Daniel – Improving Schools, 2014
This article examines processes of educational reform and change in a post-Communist Eastern European country. Focusing on the experiences and challenges facing one geographical community in Sibiu County, Romania, an attempt is made to understand some of the macro and micro factors, influences and external policy drivers, shaping the organization…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices
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Inglis, Gillian H. – Improving Schools, 2014
As curricular development in Scotland espoused the importance of pupil participation, the extent to which this has been embedded across teachers' pedagogy into assessment and reporting practices warranted investigation. This article reports a mixed-methods study with parents, pupils and teachers from three Scottish primary schools that examined…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Elementary School Students
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Abery, Elizabeth; Drummond, Claire – Improving Schools, 2014
Primary schools are identified as being in a primary position to offer nutrition education. Moreover, primary schools can offer an environment which is conducive to the promotion of healthy eating while influencing eating behaviours of children to benefit their health, well-being and academic development and performance. School canteens are one…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Program Implementation, Nutrition, Elementary Education
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Kwon, Samuel M.; Wardrip, Peter S.; Gomez, Louis M. – Improving Schools, 2014
This article examines the use of interdisciplinary project co-design, as a mechanism for increasing the capacity of a school and promoting the growth of teachers' professional practice in an urban high school setting. Changing teaching practices and the professional culture within a school can be extremely difficult. Simply providing resources…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Capacity Building, Urban Schools, High Schools
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O'Neill, Shirley; Geoghegan, Deborah; Petersen, Shauna – Improving Schools, 2013
Recent shifts in the conceptualization of effective literacy teaching have focused on the need for teachers to make teaching explicit (Edwards-Groves, 2010; Purcell-Gates, Duke, & Martineau, 2007; Rosenshine, 1986) or in Hattie's (2005) terms, learning "visible". Research has shown that the analysis of classroom interactive…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Classroom Communication, Concept Mapping, Teacher Effectiveness
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Pierson, Melinda R.; Howell, Erica J. – Improving Schools, 2013
This article documents a roadmap for developing fully inclusive school sites at the secondary level. Full inclusion is defined as placement in the general education classroom for all students with disabilities. Specifically, two large high schools located in suburban areas attempted to fully include over 300 students identified as needing special…
Descriptors: Inclusion, High Schools, Comparative Analysis, Suburban Schools
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Aldridge, Jill; Ala'I, Kate – Improving Schools, 2013
This article describes the development and validation of a six-scale survey to assess school climate in terms of students' perceptions of the degree to which they feel welcome and connected, together with a scale to assess students' perceptions of bullying. The development of each survey involved a multi-stage approach, including: 1) an extensive…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Construct Validity, Predictive Validity
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Robinson, Carol; Taylor, Carol – Improving Schools, 2013
This article applies theoretical understandings of power relations within student voice work to two empirical examples of school-based student voice projects. The article builds on and refines theoretical understandings of power and participation developed in previous articles written by the authors. The first article argued that at the heart of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Values, Student Empowerment, Secondary Schools
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Davis, John M. – Improving Schools, 2013
This article connects arguments in the field of integrated and multi-professional working concerning the need to promote a strengths-based approach to children, childhood and children's services with writing about creativity in schooling. It utilizes strength-based and social justice approaches to encourage professionals who work with children and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Children, Foreign Countries, Creativity
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Jindal-Snape, Divya; Davies, Dan; Collier, Chris; Howe, Alan; Digby, Rebecca; Hay, Penny – Improving Schools, 2013
This article is based on a systematic review of educational research, policy and professional literature relating to creative environments for learning in schools. Despite the search yielding 210 documents, comparatively few empirical studies were published between 2005 and 2011 that addressed the review objectives. Only 18 studies included in the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Research, Educational Environment
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