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Lillejord, Sølvi; Børte, Kristin – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
The article reanalyzes findings from a systematic review on the work situation and training needs of middle leaders in schools. Following an update search, 37 articles were analyzed and consistently reveal that middle leaders have trivial jobs that do not build their competence. Researchers conclude that they instead should be instructional…
Descriptors: Middle Management, Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Feedback (Response)
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Brown, Chris – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
There is now an impetus for schools to be more effective for more students, meaning that being able to measure impact effectively is vital. Simultaneously, if innovations are found to be impactful, it is reasonable they should be scaled-up to enable other schools to benefit. It is appropriate, therefore, that in networked and self-improving school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Educational Assessment
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Ozga, Jenny – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
This paper draws on recent research in Europe and England to discuss the politics of accountability. It is suggested that, as policies in education are increasingly focused on delivering technical-managerial accountability, that is accountability understood as evidenced in international, national, institutional and individual comparative measures…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accountability, Politics of Education, Governance
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Datnow, Amanda; Lockton, Marie; Weddle, Hayley – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
Accountability has been a major feature of educational policy making across the globe, including in the US where there is a persistent focus on student achievement results. This paper examines how accountability influences organizational routines in US schools, paying particular attention to meeting routines. We draw upon in-depth qualitative data…
Descriptors: Accountability, School Culture, Meetings, Middle School Teachers
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Ehren, Melanie; Paterson, Andrew; Baxter, Jacqueline – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
Trust and accountability are often positioned as opposites, the argument being that accountability is based on distrust and correction of identified deficiencies. Yet, trust is also important in order for accountability to lead to improvement; only when teachers and principals are open about the quality of their teaching and their school can there…
Descriptors: Accountability, Trust (Psychology), Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Ydesen, Christian; Bomholt, Anna – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
Using Australia as a case, it is the purpose of this article to historically investigate the implications of the OECD's economistic approach to education in terms of accountability in order to add more clarity and body to the concept of intelligent accountability proposed by the British philosopher Onora O'Neill. Such a historical prism offers the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Foreign Countries, Educational History, Economic Factors
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Tolo, Astrid; Lillejord, Sølvi; Flórez Petour, María Teresa; Hopfenbeck, Therese N. – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
In response to accountability systems dominated by external inspections and achievement data, calls are being made for "intelligent" accountability or a new accountability paradigm that focuses on "meaningful" learning, enabled by professionally skilled and committed educators within the system. In such systems, the actors are…
Descriptors: Accountability, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement
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Flórez Petour, María Teresa; Rozas Assael, Tamara – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
When seen in a positive light, accountability systems are understood as a means for promoting transparency, improvement, responsibility and commitment to valuable goals, thus ensuring that State funding is invested in initiatives that are beneficial to all citizens. However, in education, there is extensive evidence about the negative effects of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Social Justice, Criticism, Barriers
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Deem, Rosemary; Baird, Jo-Anne – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
This paper explores what underlies the recent introduction of a Higher Education Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in England. Related changes to the higher education landscape are discussed: the 2017 Higher Education Act and creation of a new HE regulator, the Office for Students. How TEF works and some of the consequences of TEF are outlined.…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Foreign Countries
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Zhao, Yong – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
The Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) has become one of the most influential forces in global education. The growing influence has been accompanied by growing criticism. For nearly two decades since the first round of PISA was conducted in 2000, the global assessment program has been roundly scrutinized and criticized by…
Descriptors: Criticism, Educational Policy, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Heng, Mary Anne; Fulmer, Gavin W.; Blau, Ina; Pereira, Andrew – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
Questions about purpose, life meaning, and life satisfaction drive central debates about what good education should look like in schools. This study compares adolescent purposes, life meaning, social support and life satisfaction in Singapore and Israel. Meaning in life refers to finding one's significance; purpose uses this significance in ways…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Life Satisfaction, Social Support Groups, Adolescents
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Lauritzen, Solvor Mjøberg – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
The Roma are facing serious disadvantages in education in Romania, where segregated schooling and lack of quality education are two main factors contributing to de facto exclusion from the education system. In an effort to compensate for this missing commitment of the formal education system, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provide…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Basic Skills, Nongovernmental Organizations, Educational Change
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Mameli, Consuelo; Grazia, Valentina; Molinari, Luisa – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
The aim of this study was to compare students' and teachers' perceptions of two differently organized learning environments, i.e. teacher- versus student-centred activities. Specifically, we considered their views on the dimensions of student agency, responsibility and context equity. The study was held on a sample of 26 teachers and 397 middle…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning
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Weiner, Jennie Miles; Lamb, Alexandra J. – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
Teacher Leadership is an effective way to support positive school change (Lai and Cheung 2015; Mangin and Stoelinga in Effective teacher leadership, Teachers College Press, New York, pp 1-9, 2008). To accelerate success, professional development programs aimed at building teacher leadership have proliferated across the globe. And yet, teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Transfer of Training, Professional Development, Principals
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Bonner, Sarah M.; Diehl, Katharine; Trachtman, Roberta – Journal of Educational Change, 2020
We present a case study that examined the role of teacher belief change and agency development through enactment of an innovative student-centered STEM program in three public urban secondary schools. In the program, 9th grade STEM classrooms were restructured to incorporate daily small group instruction facilitated by 10th grade near-peers. We…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Centered Learning, STEM Education, Public Schools
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