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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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Nordholm, Daniel; Liljenberg, Mette – Improving Schools, 2018
This article focuses on the interplay between the concepts of 'educational infrastructure' and 'organisational memory'. Using data from collaboration between a Swedish university and a local municipality, the article draws attention to the interplay between three nation-wide improvement programmes and their educational infrastructures, and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socialization, Municipalities, Educational Improvement
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Gordon, Evelyn; Lowrey, K. Alisa – Improving Schools, 2017
Developing effective novice teachers involves many components. Researchers have studied the impact of principals, induction programs, and mentors on the growth and development of novice teachers. Relationships with college/university faculty, students, parents, and support staff can also impact the growth of these novice professionals. The…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Interpersonal Relationship
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Grannäs, Jan; Frelin, Anneli – Improving Schools, 2017
This article sets out to explore how and whether the physical, social and conceived conditions in schools facilitate or disrupt support work aimed at improving student learning and preventing social exclusion. This is accomplished by comparing student support practices in the common areas of two newly renovated secondary schools built in two…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Well Being, Interviews, Observation
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Ness, Daniel; Farenga, Stephen J.; Shah, Vishal; Garofalo, Salvatore G. – Improving Schools, 2016
Appeals to reform science education by policy makers are not new phenomena. To be sure, while science reform efforts have been ongoing occurrences for nearly six decades, perpetual educational reform efforts as a whole have been evolving and gaining momentum in number for more than a century. The general motivation for continual reform appears to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Kokotsaki, Dimitra; Menzies, Victoria; Wiggins, Andy – Improving Schools, 2016
Project-based learning (PBL) is an active student-centred form of instruction which is characterised by students' autonomy, constructive investigations, goal-setting, collaboration, communication and reflection within real-world practices. It has been explored in various contexts and in different phases of schooling, from primary to higher…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Literature Reviews, Quasiexperimental Design
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Hudson, Suzanne; Hudson, Peter; Adie, Lenore – Improving Schools, 2015
Universities and teacher employment bodies seek new, cost-effective ways for graduating classroom-ready teachers. This study involved 32 final-year preservice teachers in an innovative school--university partnership teacher education programme titled, the School-Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway. Data were collected using a five-part…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Educational Quality, Educational Experience, Preservice Teachers
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Finlayson, Maureen – Improving Schools, 2014
In today's educational systems, students of all levels of education experience math anxiety. Furthermore, math anxiety is frequently linked to poor achievement in mathematics. The purpose of this study is to examine the causes of math anxiety and to explore strategies which pre-service teachers have identified to overcome math anxiety. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Preservice Teachers
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Dunne, Linda; Goddard, Gillian; Woolhouse, Clare – Improving Schools, 2008
This article discusses the interim findings of a three-year ongoing research study that investigates the professional roles and personal experiences of teaching assistants who are also doing a Foundation Degree. We explore the perceptions of teaching assistants to question the official rhetoric and almost mandatory optimism surrounding Foundation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Assistants, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Role