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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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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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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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Adolfsson, Carl-Henrik; Alvunger, Daniel – Improving Schools, 2017
In school systems around the world, there is an increasing focus on students' academic achievement. The challenge of how to improve schools is an important issue for all levels in the school system. However, a central question of both practical and theoretical relevance is how it is possible to understand why (or why not) school-development…
Descriptors: Interaction, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, School Effectiveness
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Blossing, Ulf – Improving Schools, 2016
The aim of the article is to understand practice as negotiation of meaning among novice and internal change agents in school organisations. The research question is as follows: What themes of participation and reification/management occur among the change agents? The study was qualitative in design using the social learning theory of community of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Novices, Change Agents, Communities of Practice
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Frelin, Anneli; Grannäs, Jan – Improving Schools, 2015
This article presents results from a research project exploring the relational interplay between school staff and students, its functions and complexity in the secondary school context. School relationships (between students and different kinds of staff) are more or less indirectly related to educational content: subject matter as well as norms…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Classification, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Frelin, Anneli; Grannäs, Jan – Improving Schools, 2014
This article introduces a theoretical framework for studying school improvement processes such as making school environments safer. Using concepts from spatial theory, in which distinctions between mental, social and physical space are applied makes for a multidimensional analysis of processes of change. In a multilevel case study, these were…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Safety, School Space, Personal Space
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Brodin, Jane – Improving Schools, 2010
Opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in school on equal conditions as others are often stressed, while reality shows that many children with disabilities are still segregated. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been highlighted as a tool for communication and inclusion for children with disabilities but from…
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Measures (Individuals), Assistive Technology, Special Needs Students
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Bergmark, Ulrika; Kostenius, Catrine – Improving Schools, 2009
This article focuses on student participation in the research process as a contribution to school improvement. The specific aim of this article was to explore students' participation in different phases of a research process and discuss how their participation can contribute to school improvement. Based on a life-world phenomenological ontology,…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Action Research, Student Participation, Educational Improvement
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Arlestig, Helene – Improving Schools, 2008
The common view of a successful school includes a visible principal who communicates frequently about the school's pedagogical tasks, teaching and learning. In this article, a study about principals' communication with their teachers is presented. Twenty-four Swedish secondary schools are divided into four groups depending on how they meet…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrative Organization, Feedback (Response), Effective Schools Research