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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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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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Luecke, Julie C. – Improving Schools, 2018
This article presents a framework for Gender Facilitative Schools advocating safe schools for transgender, gender expansive, and questioning children. This framework was constructed on the bases of a qualitative study of a transgender student with experiences in both gender restrictive and gender facilitative elementary schools and supporting…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Gender Bias, Educational Environment, Homosexuality
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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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Simó, Núria; Parareda, Alba; Domingo, Laura – Improving Schools, 2016
This article sets out to explore how young people understand and experience the notions of democracy and participation in their secondary schools. We draw on their own words to examine their perspective on "participation" in everyday life at school to understand what kind of democratic education they are participating in. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Secondary School Students, Student Experience
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Lewis, Kirstin – Improving Schools, 2016
Recent UK government policy suggests that all schools have a key role to play in building "character and resilience" in children. This article draws on data from a wider research project, exploring the school experiences of mixed White/Black Caribbean and mixed White/Black African children in two London secondary schools. Because data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multiracial Persons, Blacks, Whites
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Aldridge, Jill M.; Fraser, Barry J.; Fozdar, Farida; Ala'i, Kate; Earnest, Jaya; Afari, Ernest – Improving Schools, 2016
This study examined the relations between school climate variables and students' feeling of wellbeing, life satisfaction, ethnic identity, moral identity and resilience. Furthermore, the study also examined the interrelationships between these five outcome variables. Six aspects of the school climate were measured: teacher support, peer…
Descriptors: Well Being, Resilience (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Educational Environment
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Saggers, Beth – Improving Schools, 2015
Listening to and reflecting on the voices and personal stories of adolescent students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is critically important to developing more inclusive approaches to their education. This article considers the experiences of nine adolescents with an ASD on their inclusive education in a large urban secondary school in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes, Autism
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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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Clark, Ian – Improving Schools, 2014
The central and distinguishing thesis of social and cultural perspectives on outcome equity is that public school classrooms are culturally biased environments. Such environments disaffect children who arrive at school from the economic or cultural margin. The "formative learning environment" (FoLE) establishes and sustains legitimate…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Public Schools
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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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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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Woolner, Pamela; Clark, Jill; Laing, Karen; Thomas, Ulrike; Tiplady, Lucy – Improving Schools, 2014
This article considers a school community initiating change in pedagogical practices to complement new-build premises in the context of demands for school improvement, but constraints on autonomy. We investigate how school leaders planned the change towards enquiry-based learning in flexible spaces, and how teaching staff prepared for the coming…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement
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Aldridge, Jill; Ala'I, Kate – Improving Schools, 2013
This article describes the development and validation of a six-scale survey to assess school climate in terms of students' perceptions of the degree to which they feel welcome and connected, together with a scale to assess students' perceptions of bullying. The development of each survey involved a multi-stage approach, including: 1) an extensive…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Construct Validity, Predictive Validity
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Jindal-Snape, Divya; Davies, Dan; Collier, Chris; Howe, Alan; Digby, Rebecca; Hay, Penny – Improving Schools, 2013
This article is based on a systematic review of educational research, policy and professional literature relating to creative environments for learning in schools. Despite the search yielding 210 documents, comparatively few empirical studies were published between 2005 and 2011 that addressed the review objectives. Only 18 studies included in the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Research, Educational Environment
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