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Aksan, Zeynep; Çelikler, Dilek – Educational Studies, 2017
The purpose of this study was to develop a scale for measuring prospective science teachers' awareness of waste recycling. The study was conducted with the participation of 382 prospective teachers attending a university located in northern Turkey. The five-point Likert type scale that was developed contained 82 items relating to prospective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recycling, Wastes, Test Construction
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Yeoh, Miranda P.; Cazan, Ana-Maria; Ierardi, Enzo; Jacic, Ljubomir A. – Educational Studies, 2017
The aim of the study was to evaluate our practice of self-directed learning (SDL) among pre-university students in Malaysia. Respondents provided data on their previous school learning experiences besides present SDL experiences in college. We carried out exploratory factor analysis based on the school data. We did a confirmatory factor analysis…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Active Learning, Measurement Techniques, Foreign Countries
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Yuksel-Arslan, Pelin; Yildirim, Soner; Robin, Bernard Ross – Educational Studies, 2016
This study investigates how early childhood education (ECE) teachers incorporated digital storytelling in their classrooms and the challenges and successes that they faced in the process. After the teachers attended a digital storytelling workshop, in-depth phenomenological interview, observation and focus group interviews were used to collect…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Early Childhood Education, Story Telling, Teaching Experience
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Räty, Hannu; Kasanen, Kati – Educational Studies, 2016
This study explored parents' (N = 351) educational optimism in terms of their trust in the possibilities of school to develop children's intelligence. It was found that educational optimism could be depicted as a bipolar factor with optimism and pessimism on the opposing ends of the same dimension. Optimistic parents indicated more satisfaction…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Parent Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Bair, Mary Antony – Educational Studies, 2016
While there are numerous calls to enhance the professionalism of teachers, there is little empirical research in the United States that examines educators' understanding of the concept. This comparative case study compared the conceptualisation of professionalism by faculty and students in a college of education vis-à-vis the conceptualisation of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Case Studies, Professionalism, Schools of Education
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Verberg, Christel P. M.; Tigelaar, Dineke E. H.; van Veen, Klaas; Verloop, Nico – Educational Studies, 2016
Teachers' agency has an effect on their own learning process at the workplace. In this study we explored the extent to which teachers participating in a formative teacher assessment procedure developed a sense of agency. We investigated not only whether teachers participating in a such an assessment procedure experienced agency and thus felt in…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Evaluation, Formative Evaluation
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Gumus, Emine; Bellibas, Mehmet Sukru – Educational Studies, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which professional development predicts principals' instructional leadership in order to identify whether a relationship exists between the duration of principals' participation in distinct professional development activities and their perceived practice of instructional leadership while…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Instructional Leadership, Surveys, Academic Achievement
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Van Gasse, Roos; Vanhoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Educational Studies, 2016
Pupil well-being has been an important topic in educational research for some time. Differences between schools in their influence on the well-being of their pupils are attributed to the policy-making capacities of the school. Little is known about schools' policy-making capacities with regard to pupil well-being, and the impact of school culture…
Descriptors: Well Being, School Culture, Environmental Influences, Statistical Analysis
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Bubic, Andreja; Tošic, Antonela – Educational Studies, 2016
Parents play a very important role in all aspects of children's experiences, and parental involvement in children's school lives is associated with numerous educational outcomes. Therefore, the present study investigated the role of several parents' demographic characteristics, parental self-efficacy, as well as beliefs regarding the value of…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Background
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Keller, Tamás – Educational Studies, 2016
This paper argues that school grades cannot be interpreted solely as a reward for a given school performance, since they also reflect teachers' assessments of pupils. A teacher's evaluation of a pupil's performance, as reflected in the grade awarded, might influence the effort that the pupil invests in learning. Grades might therefore serve as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Evaluation, Grading
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Husny Arar, Khalid; Massry-Herzllah, Asmahan – Educational Studies, 2016
This paper describes an attempt to identify factors influencing teachers' motivation in the Arab education system. In-depth interviews with 10 school principals, 15 teachers and 3 counsellors, yielded three themes influencing Arab teachers' motivation: (1) Arab culture, (2) the school climate and (3) government policies. Arab teachers try to meet…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Arabs, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Putwain, David W.; Nicholson, Laura J.; Edwards, Jenna L. – Educational Studies, 2016
Since 2010, new types of state-funded schools have opened in England with a focus on providing alternative education provision. Very little is known about these schools, partly due to their novelty, and how they are attempting to re-engage those students who for various, and often complex, reasons have become disconnected from education. We…
Descriptors: Self Control, Secondary School Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation
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Vanlommel, Kristin; Vanhoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Educational Studies, 2016
There is a growing expectation that schools should systematically collect and analyse data as a point of departure for decisions. However, research shows that teachers themselves are less convinced that they need to base their decisions on data, as they mainly rely on their intuition and experience. This article examines the extent to which…
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Decision Making, Teacher Motivation
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Kaplun, Cathy; Knight, Jennifer; Grace, Rebekah; Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob; Comino, Elizabeth; Jackson-Pulver, Lisa; Kemp, Lynn – Educational Studies, 2016
The Gudaga Goes to School Study described the transition to school and early education experiences of 117 urban Aboriginal children and their families. This paper outlines the methods and design of the study. A life course approach, employing multidimensional and multi-theoretical frameworks was used to capture the complexity of issues surrounding…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Urban Areas, Children, Questionnaires
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Gorard, Stephen; Siddiqui, Nadia; See, Beng Huat – Educational Studies, 2016
This paper describes a randomised controlled trial conducted with 10 secondary schools in England to evaluate the impact and feasibility of Fresh Start as an intervention to help new entrants with low prior literacy. Fresh Start is a synthetic phonics programme for small groups of pupils, here implemented three times per week over 22 weeks. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Intervention, Program Evaluation
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