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Andrews, Dorothy; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2017
This article provides evidence of a new teacher professionalism whereby teachers, acting as collaborative individuals working together, are the key to effectively meeting the needs of diverse student cohorts. Drawing on data from Australian school contexts and the work of researchers from the Leadership Research International team, new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professionalism, Educational Improvement, Teachers
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Recent research has produced evidence to suggest a strong reciprocal link between school context-specific language constructions that reflect a school's vision and schoolwide pedagogy, and the way that meaning making occurs, and a school's culture is characterized. This research was conducted within three diverse settings: one school in the Sydney…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, School Culture
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Using metaphor to clarify pedagogical understanding and to anchor teacher beliefs and knowledge to meaningful contextualized mental maps can have powerful consequences in schools. Frequent changes in school staff and clientele present schools with the challenge of how to share culturally specific messages quickly and effectively to those new to…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement
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Conway, Joan M.; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
The term "schoolwide pedagogy" was once rarely heard and yet has now become a part of most discussions around school improvement. But what does it really mean and why is the presence of a schoolwide pedagogical framework important? Some would say that in their school the adoption of an authoritative approach such as Habits of Mind,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Leadership, Educational Practices
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Abawi, Lindy; Oliver, Mark – Improving Schools, 2013
Educational perspectives that recommend inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms remain a controversial topic. The Melbourne Declaration declares that all young Australians should be supported to become successful learners; confident and creative individuals; and active and informed citizens. So the question remains how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Inclusion, Special Needs Students