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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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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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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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Reicher, Hannelore; Matischek-Jauk, Marlies – Improving Schools, 2019
Depressive adolescents are a challenging and vulnerable group in schools. Specific developmental features such as irritability and comorbid behavioural disorders complicate the recognition of their emotional problems for peers, teachers and even parents. Our research shows that teachers tend to overlook depressive feelings in adolescents; however,…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Adolescents, At Risk Students, Peer Relationship
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Bremm, Nina; Racherbäumer, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2018
Drawing upon a broad concept of inclusion, the first section of this article is dedicated to a critical discussion of the principle of "equal opportunities," which currently dominates the social justice discourse in Germany. Specifically, this section examines how far this principle, which focuses on the role of the individual in…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Talent
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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2018
Teams of teachers and administrators have become more and more common as a framework for improving responsiveness to the ever more dynamic educational environment. Although teamwork is often expected to broaden the team's collective knowledge base, consequently improving team effectiveness, research shows that this potential effectiveness is not…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Credibility, Dissent, Program Effectiveness
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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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Jentoft, Nina – Improving Schools, 2017
Services provided by primary schools have a significant impact on citizens' living conditions. We need more knowledge of how innovation activities in primary schools should be organized and managed. This article addresses this gap by raising the following question: "Why do municipalities have different ways of organizing preventive work in…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation, Interviews
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Buchanan, Karen; Buchanan, Thomas – Improving Schools, 2017
While the importance of a professional teacher's collaboration with diverse families is clearly highlighted in the US Department of Education's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and in US teaching standards, research consistently reports that teachers feel unprepared to do this aspect of their work. The failure of the teaching profession to grow…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Family School Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2017
Research results have provided evidence of the potential contribution that professional learning communities (PLCs) can make to enhance school outcomes. While numerous organizational and cultural aspects of schools have been recognized as key requirements for PLC success, researchers have noted that a teacher's ability to share knowledge in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Principals, Administrator Role
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Bragg, Sara – Improving Schools, 2016
This article discusses "Choice and Challenge" as a tool for school improvement and as a "practicable pedagogy" that attempts to embody the principles of "learning without limits," rejecting ability grouping and labelling. As considered here, "Choice and Challenge" emerges specifically from practice at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Implementation, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Improvement
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Clark, Margaret M. – Improving Schools, 2016
This article presents an overview of literacy teaching and learning, based on the author's extensive research and, in particular, the recently revised and extended "Learning to be Literate: Insights from Research for Policy and Practice" (Routledge, 2016). It is set against a background in England in which government policy dictates…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Literacy
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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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Wrigley, Terry – Improving Schools, 2015
This essay connects a number of recent books relating, in different ways, to the contentious issue of how teaching might be better guided by research evidence. In order to shed light on this problematic area, Terry Wrigley begins by pointing out that raising awkward questions about terms such as "evidence- based teaching" is not the same…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Benefits
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Brkovic, Marta – Improving Schools, 2015
Since 2000, when education reform in Serbia began education goals, teachers' training, curriculum and teaching/learning methods have been modernised and improved. However, a closer examination of the schools built from 2000 onwards reveals that architectural design of primary schools rests on standardised school design schemes from socialist…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, School Buildings
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