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Kruse, Stefan; Dedering, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2018
In the mid-1990s, inclusion was introduced into discussions on education; today, we still do not have a precisely defined concept of inclusion. This article focuses its attention in this context on Germany, which in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009 embarked on the path towards realising an inclusive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Kovac, Velibor Bobo; Tveit, Anne Dorthe; Omdal, Heidi; Lund, Ingrid – Improving Schools, 2018
Although the quantity of literature on organizational sustainability in the realm of education represents a well-developed research area, the literature in this field does not sufficiently emphasize the notion of directional motion as important to institutional change. The aim of this work is the attempt to propose an empirically based model of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, Motion
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Soini, Tiina; Pietarinen, Janne; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Improving Schools, 2018
Curriculum reform that has an effect on the everyday practices in schools always entails translation of new ideas into new educational practices. This takes place primarily through shared sense making. However, our understanding of the different ways in which shared sense making is carried out is still scarce. In Finland, the district level plays…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, School Districts, Board of Education Role
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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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McCluskey, Gillean – Improving Schools, 2017
While mainstream schools have seen an increasing focus on performance and attainment in recent years, this focus has often been resisted by special and alternative educational provision in the United Kingdom. However, concern is now growing about the low levels of achievement for children and young people educated outside mainstream schools. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Academic Achievement, Special Schools
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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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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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Alkahtani, Aishah – Improving Schools, 2017
This study examines the ways in which Saudi teachers have responded or are responding to the challenges posed by a new curriculum. It also deals with issues relating to workload demands which affect teachers' performance when they apply a new curriculum in a Saudi Arabian secondary school. In addition, problems such as scheduling and sharing space…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Secondary School Teachers
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Gallego-Arrufat, María-Jesús; Gutiérrez-Santiuste, Elba; Campaña-Jiménez, Rafael Luis – Improving Schools, 2017
This study analyzes the perception that teachers and management team members in secondary school education have of "technology-based educational innovation" (TEI). Two questionnaires and in-depth interviews permit us to analyze leaders' perspective of planning, development, and evaluation. The school leaders' view diverges from that of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Technology Integration
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Hopkins, Elizabeth; Hendry, Helen; Garrod, Frank; McClare, Siobhan; Pettit, Daniel; Smith, Luke; Burrell, Hannah; Temple, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2016
The research explores the views of teachers about how their teaching is evaluated by others. The tensions between evaluations motivated by the drive to improve practice (school self-evaluation) and evaluation related to external accountability (external evaluation-inspection) are considered, linked to findings and ideas reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Inspection, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability
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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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Sigurðardóttir, Anna Kristín; Hjartarson, Torfi – Improving Schools, 2016
The physical environment in schools has in the literature of late been gaining recognition as a potential factor supporting educational change. This article draws a single case out of a research sample of 20 schools in Iceland to relate an inventive design process as the school was being developed and study the current state of established school…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Physical Environment, Educational Change, Building Design
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Roberts-Holmes, Guy; Bradbury, Alice – Improving Schools, 2016
This article raises important questions about whether the increasing control of early years education through performance data is genuinely a means for school improvement. This composite article, examines the pervasiveness of attainment data in early years education professional activity, its impact on early years teachers' consciousness and…
Descriptors: Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Accountability, Data
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Yan, Chunmei – Improving Schools, 2015
This article reports on a study of English secondary teachers' perceptions of and implementation of the New English Curriculum Reform in China. Triangulated data collection methods were employed to gather information about teachers' perceptions of the New Curriculum and their teaching behaviours in Central China. An implementation gap emerged…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Khawary, Omidullah; Ali, Sajid – Improving Schools, 2015
One of the challenging issues that educational organizations in developing countries face in staffing classrooms with qualified teachers is the high rate of teachers' turnover. It creates problems for schools, which eventually leads to substandard instruction and low student achievement. This research explores the causes of English teachers'…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Case Studies, Developing Nations
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