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Allen, David – Improving Schools, 2013
The article presents a cross-domain inquiry into schoolwide professional learning community. It examines tensions in how professional learning community is conceptualized and how it is enacted in the processes of teacher groups. Drawing on a study of contemporary theatre arts practices, it proposes a model of collective creation that highlights…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theater Arts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Coffey, Anne – Improving Schools, 2013
Although change can be considered an inevitable part of life, the process itself can be both challenging and confronting. This is no less the case than for early adolescents as they negotiate the transition from primary to secondary school. Whilst this transition can be considered a regular part of the formal school experience, it can represent a…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Articulation (Education), Early Adolescents, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKinney, Stephen; Hall, Stuart; Lowden, Kevin; McClung, Michele; Cameron, Lauren – Improving Schools, 2013
The contemporary attempts to tackle poverty and child poverty in the United Kingdom have been seriously hindered by the effects of the economic crisis (Hirsch, 2008a; Mooney, 2011). The prevailing discourses of the recession and intergenerational poverty can lead to a view that the effects of child poverty and the consequent detrimental impact on…
Descriptors: Leadership, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Environment, Educational Change
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Recent research has produced evidence to suggest a strong reciprocal link between school context-specific language constructions that reflect a school's vision and schoolwide pedagogy, and the way that meaning making occurs, and a school's culture is characterized. This research was conducted within three diverse settings: one school in the Sydney…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, School Culture
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O'Neill, Shirley – Improving Schools, 2013
This article presents a case study of a primary school that engaged with the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools (IDEAS) Project, and moved to the sustaining phase over a period of three years. It reports how the students, who were 98 percent English as a second language, improved their reading and numeracy during this time and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Catholic Schools, Case Studies
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Geoghegan, Deborah; O'Neill, Shirley; Petersen, Shauna – Improving Schools, 2013
Much has been written about what constitutes effective literacy teaching and learning, the power of effective "teacher talk" and the impact on student learning outcomes. There is a growing body of research into pedagogical change to improve literacy outcomes and the implementation of schoolwide approaches to teaching and learning,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Using metaphor to clarify pedagogical understanding and to anchor teacher beliefs and knowledge to meaningful contextualized mental maps can have powerful consequences in schools. Frequent changes in school staff and clientele present schools with the challenge of how to share culturally specific messages quickly and effectively to those new to…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement
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Conway, Joan M.; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
The term "schoolwide pedagogy" was once rarely heard and yet has now become a part of most discussions around school improvement. But what does it really mean and why is the presence of a schoolwide pedagogical framework important? Some would say that in their school the adoption of an authoritative approach such as Habits of Mind,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Leadership, Educational Practices
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Abawi, Lindy; Oliver, Mark – Improving Schools, 2013
Educational perspectives that recommend inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms remain a controversial topic. The Melbourne Declaration declares that all young Australians should be supported to become successful learners; confident and creative individuals; and active and informed citizens. So the question remains how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Inclusion, Special Needs Students
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Dickson, Martina – Improving Schools, 2013
Government schools in Abu Dhabi, as part of wide-scale educational reforms undertaken in the whole of the United Arab Emirates, have undergone massive school improvement developments over the past seven years. Over the course of these years, the reality of student life for those in government schools has been widely altered. This research explores…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Educational Change, Secondary School Students
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Koutrouba, Konstantina; Karageorgou, Elissavet – Improving Schools, 2013
The present questionnaire-based study was conducted in 2010 in order to examine 677 Greek Second Chance School (SCS) students' perceptions about the cognitive and socio-affective outcomes of project-based learning. Data elaboration, statistical and factor analysis showed that the participants found that project-based learning offered a second…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Student Projects, Questionnaires
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Campbell, Matthew; Saltmarsh, Sue; Chapman, Amy; Drew, Christopher – Improving Schools, 2013
In response to the demands of the "21st century learner", classroom environments are increasingly moving away from traditional models of a single-teacher isolated in their classroom. There is an advent of 'non-traditional' environments that challenge long-held practices in teaching. To support these changes there is a pressing need to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Facilities Design, Teacher Leadership
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Haley, Melinda; Hammond, Helen; Ingalls, Lawrence; Marín, Merranda Romaro – Improving Schools, 2013
Parental grief reactions have typically been examined in situations where parents have a child diagnosed with a major medical or mental health condition. This study used the grief and loss model as conceptualized by Kubler-Ross (1969), Lamb (1988), and Kubler-Ross and Kessler (2005) as a foundation in examining parental reactions when a child has…
Descriptors: Grief, Disabilities, Parent Attitudes, Special Education
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Hemmings, Annette – Improving Schools, 2012
A framework for urban public high school reform is presented for managing site-based change through re-envisioning, reculturation, restructuring, and remoralization. The four Rs for reform framework is elucidated through a qualitative study of a low-performing urban public high school that was transformed into a new more successful school. The…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Effective Schools Research
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Heineke, Amy J.; Coleman, Elizabeth; Ferrell, Elizabeth; Kersemeier, Craig – Improving Schools, 2012
In this article, we outline the necessary action steps for schools to improve the achievement of bilingual students. We review, summarize, and utilize the pertinent scholarly literature to make suggestions for school-wide, collaborative efforts to support the achievement of bilingual learners through linguistically responsive pedagogy and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Academic Achievement, Relevance (Education), Educational Improvement
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