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Sytsma, Sandra – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
This conceptual article explores the changing way of leading. It proposes that in contrast to the primarily outer actions that characterize educational change, the inner and outer dimensions of leaders are necessary to change what constitutes leading, thereby making it more appropriate to our times. The unfolding of leading actions and the…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Change, Organizational Change, Leadership Styles
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Higgins, Ann; Deegan, James G. – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
This case study describes a 20-year journey of educational transformation from 1985 to 2005 in a bellwether, or highly developed, instance of one school, family, and community partnership--the Kileely Community Project--situated in a large social housing project in Limerick City in the Midwestern region of the Republic of Ireland. The study is a…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Case Studies
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Oplatka, Izhar; Tubin, Dorit – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
The current study aimed to explore the weaknesses of the junior high school system in Israel, a country whose first junior high schools (Grades 7-9) were established in the early 1970s and whose educational system differs from the systems of Europe and North America in terms of structure, ideology, and control. Based on semistructured interviews…
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Educational Change
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Lo, Joe Tin-yau; Po, Sum-cho – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
The introduction of liberal studies is a new curriculum reform initiative in Hong Kong starting from 2009. It is a kind of formal interdisciplinary curriculum built on decades of experiences garnered from the implementation of various integrated subjects with similar nature. Through the method of documentary analysis that brings all official…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lau, Grace – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
To his article reports on two case studies of teachers' managing the challenges associated with gaining acceptance for child-centeredness curriculum practices in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. These teachers intended to respond to the newly published "Guide to the Preprimary Curriculum" (Education and Manpower Branch, 2006)…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten
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Yan, Chunmei; He, Chuanjun – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
This article reports on a study that examines decisive factors for longer-term sustainability of cross-cultural teacher-training initiatives in China. It focuses on the Chinese project implementers' perspectives of a Sino-British adult education English-language teaching project based in central China. Semistructured individual interviews were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Adult Education, English for Special Purposes
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Aksoy, Ayse B. – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
The present article focuses on a presentation of the education programs that are based on the mothers' active inclusion, and it aims to provide some preventive measures for parent-child interaction, methods of bringing up children, play, problems that can be faced in the home environment, and informing the mothers about their children's feelings.…
Descriptors: Mothers, Preschool Education, Child Development, Parent Education
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Schechter, Chen – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
This article is an attempt to reflect on the doubting process as an emerging perspective in school change. After introducing the notion of doubt and its importance to school change, the author describes conditions influencing the doubting process. She reflects on these conditions in a case example of a secondary school principal who doubted the…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Change, Administrator Role, Administrator Attitudes
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Tedrow, Barbara; Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
This article presents the experiences of 89 members of the academic staff at a new university that emerged from a merger of two historically disadvantaged tertiary institutions located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The authors examine the responses of these participants to new pedagogical strategies that emphasize learner-centered…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Educational Change
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Barkol, Rina – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
The aim of this article is to attain insight into the issues of empowerment and motivation in principalship in general and in feminine leadership at schools in particular. It presents a case study of a woman principal who "bred" 12 principals during 12 years of principalship, most of them in her last 5 years on the job, in the middle of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Principals
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Wong, Jocelyn L. N. – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
For teachers engaged in the process of policy change, the way that they interpret policy and translate it into their daily practices will influence the implementation and the effects of a policy shift. Thus, it is important and necessary to examine educational decentralization policies from the local perspective, for the ways in which teachers…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Educational Change, Administrative Organization, Foreign Countries
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Moye, Melina J.; Henkin, Alan B.; Floyd, Deborah J. – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
The concept of interpersonal trust has been linked to empowerment. Managerial-practices literature has asserted that trust strengthens relationships and enables empowerment, which may result in increments in individual performance and organizational productivity. High levels of mutual trust and empowering work environments ostensibly reinforce…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Community Colleges, Predictor Variables, Work Environment
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Kinuthia, Wanjira – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
The area of integration of technology in education is a continuous effort that revolves around looking for factors and practices that can be applied to encourage faculty to integrate technology into their areas of teaching. Web-based instruction (WBI) is one of the technologies affecting higher education, and historically Black colleges and…
Descriptors: Incentives, Web Based Instruction, Internet, Black Colleges
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Stewart, Henrietta; Davenport, Elizabeth K.; Lufti, Ghazwan – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2006
Public education stakeholders are becoming aware of the new and challenging problems encountered by principals and other school administrators. Despite a growing awareness of the importance and challenges of school principals, there is limited research on the in-service training needs of school principals in developing countries. Specifically,…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Principals, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment
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Tas, Ali – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2005
The purpose of this study is to make suggestions for primary schools to become organizational learning environments, by searching the relationship between the characteristics and behaviors of school administrators and the formation of an organizational learning environment in primary schools. The author used a survey model in this research and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Behavior
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