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Niemi, Reetta; Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Lipponen, Lasse – Improving Schools, 2018
In the new national core curriculum for Finnish preschool and basic education, rationales for supporting pupil participation are framed by the goal of developing school communities by listening to pupils' perspectives, the social nature of teaching and learning and pupils' participatory role in planning, implementing and evaluating their own…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Grade 2
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Hill, Kirsten Dara – Improving Schools, 2018
This community-based participatory research study examined the perspectives of parent participants in an organized parent network in Detroit seeking the best school options for their children entering Kindergarten within city boundaries. Their residency and school choices have emerged against the grain of public schools that have racially charged…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Urban Schools, Parent Attitudes, School Choice
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Wilhelmsen, Gunvor B – Improving Schools, 2016
Although good visual capacity is essential for children's learning, we have limited understanding of the various visual functions among school starters. In order to extend this knowledge, a small-scale study was undertaken involving 24 preschool children age 5-6 years who completed a test battery originally designed for visual impairment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Visual Impairments, Visual Acuity, Gender Differences
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de Botton, Lena; Girbés, Sandra; Ruiz, Laura; Tellado, Itxaso – Improving Schools, 2014
This article analyses a case study on Moroccan mothers' involvement in the Dialogic Literary Gathering (DLG) in an urban primary school in Catalonia (Spain). DLG is a dialogic learning environment that improves reading skills and communicative abilities and promotes school-community links. This activity has been identified in previous European…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Mothers, Family Involvement
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Andrews, Dorothy; Lewis, Marian – Improving Schools, 2004
This article draws on the experiences of a range of Australian schools engaging with a teacher-centred process of whole-school renewal known as IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools). IDEAS enhances the professional capacity of teachers to improve school outcomes such as student learning, relationships with the community,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Leadership, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement