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Quartz, Karen Hunter; Kawasaki, Jarod; Sotelo, Daniel; Merino, Kimberly – Journal of Educational Change, 2014
This paper reports the results of an 18-month integrated, problem-solving research study of one new school's efforts to create a K-12 system of student assessment data that reflects their innovative vision for personalized and student-centered instruction. Based on interview, observational, and documentary data, the authors report how…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Moolenaar, Nienke M.; Daly, Alan J.; Cornelissen, Frank; Liou, Yi-Hwa; Caillier, Stacey; Riordan, Rob; Wilson, Kelly; Cohen, N. Andrew – Journal of Educational Change, 2014
This study investigates whether educators' cognitive and structural social capital is associated with perceptions of innovative climate in charter schools. We explore a new concept to assess educators' cognitive social capital, namely network intentionality, meaning the extent to which an educator is intentional in connecting and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Charter Schools, Educational Environment, Social Capital
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Pyhältö, Kirsi; Pietarinen, Janne; Soini, Tiina – Journal of Educational Change, 2014
This article explores how comprehensive school teachers' sense of professional agency changes in the context of large-scale national educational change in Finland. We analysed the premises on which teachers (n = 100) view themselves and their work in terms of developing their own school, catalysed by the large-scale national change. The study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Teachers, Professional Autonomy
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Saunders, Rebecca – Journal of Educational Change, 2013
Research literature in the field of teacher emotions and change broadly accepts that behaviour and cognition are inseparable from perception and emotion. Despite this, educational reform efforts tend to focus predominantly on changing individual behaviours and beliefs and largely neglect or at best pay token attention to the emotional dimensions…
Descriptors: Teachers, Psychological Patterns, Educational Change, Faculty Development
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Popiel, Kara – Journal of Educational Change, 2013
This mixed-method case study explored teacher union members' beliefs about the teacher union and their reasons for being active or inactive in the union. Findings suggest that teacher unions have gained pragmatic and cognitive legitimacy (Chaison and Bigelow in Unions and legitimacy. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2002), but that…
Descriptors: Unions, Beliefs, Union Members, Teachers
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Wells, Caryn M.; Feun, Lindson – Journal of Educational Change, 2013
This paper documents the progress of eight middle schools, four from one school district, and four from another that were engaged in the process of implementing Professional Learning Community (PLC) concepts. The descriptive study used quantitative and qualitative information gathered in a standardized, open-ended interview with the teachers and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Middle Schools, Likert Scales, School Districts
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Lopez-Yanez, Julian; Sanchez-Moreno, Marita – Journal of Educational Change, 2013
The need for innovation in the Spanish educational system has become more evident in the wake of the last PISA reports. To find our own way to achieve better schools we "must" take advantage of what schools that managed to sustain changes over time have learnt from such a process. This paper reports on findings from an inquiry that tried…
Descriptors: Innovation, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Mausethagen, Sølvi – Journal of Educational Change, 2013
This article discusses how teachers construct new representations about accountability and professionalism in the context of increased external control. Over the last decade in particular, concerns about the quality of schooling and the quality of teachers has been raised by both politicians and the public alike, while prominent policy responses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teachers, Accountability, Professional Identity
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Achinstein, Betty; Ogawa, Rodney T. – Journal of Educational Change, 2012
The purpose of this article is to examine how and to what extent schools' responses to accountability policies in the United States influence the ability of new teachers of color to draw on their own and their students' cultural resources to engage in culturally responsive teaching. A 5-year study of 17 new teachers of color reveals that these…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching (Occupation), Figurative Language, Accountability
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Pyhalto, Kirsi; Pietarinen, Janne; Soini, Tiina – Journal of Educational Change, 2012
This article focuses on exploring comprehensive school teachers' professional agency in the context of the most recent school reforms in Finland (i.e., developing undivided basic education). In this article, the emphasis is on analyzing the premises on which teachers view themselves and their work in terms of developing their own school, catalyzed…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Saito, Eisuke; Khong, Thi Diem Hang; Tsukui, Atsushi – Journal of Educational Change, 2012
This paper reports on a case study of schools in Vietnam wherein teachers are engaged in school reform activities known as professional teacher meetings (PTMs), which is based on an approach called lesson study for learning community (LSLC). The PTMs under LSLC were introduced in 2006, but the teachers involved are still conducting the activities…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Principals, Case Studies
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Postholm, May; Moen, Torill – Journal of Educational Change, 2011
This article provides the reader with insight into what research and development (R&D) work specifically entails. The various stages in development processes are described from the research question and analyses that have current practice as the point of departure to consolidation and new practice based on the testing of concrete teaching…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Research Methodology, Models, Researchers
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Hochbein, Craig – Journal of Educational Change, 2011
Educators, researchers, politicians, and the media have committed considerable time, attention, and effort to chronically low-performing schools. Although many have chided the schools for their unacceptable performance or designed strategies to improve them, few have sought to understand how these schools became chronically low-performing in the…
Descriptors: Definitions, Academic Achievement, Researchers, School Effectiveness
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Stone-Johnson, Corrie – Journal of Educational Change, 2011
From 1998 to 2003, Andy Hargreaves and Ivor Goodson, along with colleagues Shawn Moore, Sonia James-Wilson, Dean Fink, and Corrie Giles, undertook a large-scale study of eight secondary schools in Ontario, Canada, and New York in the United States to investigate teachers' perceptions and experiences of educational change over 30 years spanning…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Administrators, Teacher Attitudes
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Shachar, Hanna; Gavin, Suss; Shlomo, Sharan – Journal of Educational Change, 2010
The present study examines teachers' perceptions of organizational changes in their elementary schools. These changes occurred following the implementation of a long-term comprehensive school improvement project (CSIP). One hundred and seventy one teachers who taught in six elementary schools located in two different school districts in Israel…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Organizational Culture, Consultants, Cooperative Learning
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