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Patel, Sejal; Cummins, Natalie – Improving Schools, 2019
This qualitative case study investigates student and school staff perceptions of transitions and changing social dynamics due to a temporary closure of an elementary school undergoing redesign in an inner-city neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 75 students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and 28 staff who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, School Closing, Urban Schools
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Trahan, Keith; Romero, Stephanie Maietta; Ramos, Renata de Almeida; Zollars, Jeffrey; Tananis, Cynthia – Improving Schools, 2019
Making is a movement present in the United States which fosters creativity and invention through the creation and sharing of products. This case study of one Western Pennsylvania school district's integration of Making into its lower and upper secondary schools shows how the investment in space and equipment, guided by visionary leadership, can…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Creative Activities, Integrated Curriculum
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Leek, Joanna – Improving Schools, 2019
The understanding of youth participation in the current article relates to ideas of citizenship and active involvement in global concerns. In this understanding of the term, schools are important agents for education for global citizenship, and play a role in the developing engagement of young people. Using data from focus groups with teachers (n…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Participation, Youth, Student Experience
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Adolfsson, Carl-Henrik; Håkansson, Jan – Improving Schools, 2019
In light of an international policy movement to increase focus on students' academic achievement, the question of how to improve schools has become an important issue at all levels in the school system. Substantial resources have been invested in reforms to improve conditions for pupils' learning. Great expectations and responsibility are often…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Educational Environment
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Baytiyeh, Hoda – Improving Schools, 2019
Pluralistic societies are generally characterised by weak national cohesiveness, increasing the risk of political tension and violent conflict; for communities from diverse religious or ethnic backgrounds, peaceful coexistence alone is insufficient to build the social cohesion needed for sustainable development and lasting peace. As an effective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Social Integration
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Al Ahbabi, Nafla Mahdi – Improving Schools, 2019
This article reports on findings related to possible strategies of improving school effectiveness in Abu Dhabi from the perspectives of their stakeholders' perceptions, namely, principals, teachers, students, and parents. This study considered 18 strategies of meaningful school improvement (SI) to help align Abu Dhabi schools to international…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, School Effectiveness
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Baharav, Hadar; Newman, Elizabeth – Improving Schools, 2019
Using an inquiry-based approach to address the challenge of improving schools provides opportunities for informed decision making and carries great promise for return on investment. Taking a collaborative approach toward improvement can be complex, yet also rewarding because of the opportunity to leverage the knowledge and capacity of multiple…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Cooperation, Inquiry, Educational Research
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Skerritt, Craig – Improving Schools, 2019
Despite a lack of conclusive evidence connecting autonomous schools and academic success, school autonomy is regularly championed as being a way of not only improving schools but as a way of improving the quality of education in socially and economically deprived areas. This research builds on a recent paper published in "Irish Educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Institutional Autonomy, Disadvantaged Schools
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Borg, Elin; Drange, Ida – Improving Schools, 2019
The main objective of this study is to identify and understand interprofessional collaboration practices in schools using a mixed-methods design. First, we conducted a literature review on interprofessional collaboration in schools to give insights into the ways teachers and other professions collaborate with each other, and what kind of…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Outcomes of Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Williams, Joseph M.; Greenleaf, Arie T.; Barnes, Erin F.; Scott, Tracey R. – Improving Schools, 2019
Children and adolescents from low-income families now comprise a majority of public school students nationally. As the number of students from low-income backgrounds increases, so does the achievement gap between them and their wealthier peers. This phenomenological qualitative study examined a national sample of high-achieving, low-income middle…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Low Income Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Mowat, Joan Gaynor – Improving Schools, 2019
The poverty-related attainment gap is an internationally recognised problem. There is growing recognition that it cannot either be understood or addressed without taking cognisance of children's mental health and wellbeing. The focus of this conceptual article is to examine the impact of social inequality and poverty on the mental health and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Stratification, Poverty, Mental Health
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Mowat, Joan Gaynor – Improving Schools, 2019
The primary-secondary transition presents both opportunities and challenges for children. For some, it may represent a 'critical period' which impacts their future mental health and well-being. This article focuses on identifying the affordances and constraints of a group-work approach to support children with social, emotional and behavioural…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Barriers
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McManus, Elaine; Paul, Sally – Improving Schools, 2019
The role of schools in both educating children about loss and change and supporting bereavement experiences is emphasised, yet, school staff report low confidence in being able to support children when someone dies. This article reports on an evaluation of bereavement training that was offered to eight schools in Scotland and aimed to assist…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grief, Children, Training
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Chambers, Dianne; Coffey, Anne – Improving Schools, 2019
Transition from primary (elementary) to secondary school can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect for young adolescents. Ensuring that students quickly settle into their new secondary school environment is the goal of transition programmes employed by schools. These programmes typically comprise a number of discrete and interrelated…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Adolescents, Access to Education, Parents
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Zulfiqar, Asma; Syed, Faiza Rahman; Latif, Fatima Farida – Improving Schools, 2019
This article aims to explore the concept of student well-being and how it can be introduced and integrated within Pakistan's educational structure. The basis of the discussion is built around the need for having a student well-being model for schools in Pakistan. For the purpose of the study, the information is gathered inductively through a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Development, Emotional Development, Student Welfare
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