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Osiname, Ayodeji Tolulope – Improving Schools, 2018
This article integrates relevant literature with the lived experiences of five school principals regarding how they utilized different leadership styles to build an inclusive school culture. The conceptual framework--a Critical Inclusive Praxis, including culture, change, leadership, inclusion and challenge--provided a base for the literature and…
Descriptors: Principals, Inclusion, School Culture, Praxis
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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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Coffey, Anne; Lavery, Shane – Improving Schools, 2018
Traditionally, student leadership has been seen as the prerogative of senior students. Very little research has been conducted on how schools nurture and develop leadership skills in students in the middle years of schooling. This article provides an overview of student leadership in six secondary schools with a particular focus on student…
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Middle School Students
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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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Visone, Jeremy D. – Improving Schools, 2018
The US National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Program annually recognizes hundreds of schools successful in their states' accountability systems. NBRS are studied for effective practices worth replicating. In this study, 2016 NBRS Program applications (n = 24) yielded insight about espoused collaborative practices, providing information about the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Recognition (Achievement), Accountability, Decision Making
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Andrews, Dorothy; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2017
This article provides evidence of a new teacher professionalism whereby teachers, acting as collaborative individuals working together, are the key to effectively meeting the needs of diverse student cohorts. Drawing on data from Australian school contexts and the work of researchers from the Leadership Research International team, new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professionalism, Educational Improvement, Teachers
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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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Ryom, Knud; Andersen, Mie Maar; Stelter, Reinhard – Improving Schools, 2017
The purpose of this study was to implement group coaching in a school setting and examine the participants' experiences. Participants were all males (age 12-16 years), primarily with a Middle Eastern family background and from a socioeconomically deprived area. A 2-year intervention with regular coaching counselling during school hours was…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Adolescents, Males, Intervention
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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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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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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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Allison, Pete; Gray, Shirley; Sproule, John; Nash, Christine; Martindale, Russell; Wang, John – Improving Schools, 2015
Regardless of the aims and purposes of education, recent trends in pedagogy suggest an increasing popularity of project-based learning (PBL) and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to learning, however ill-defined they may be. Connections between PBL, curriculum trends and health and wellbeing are reviewed, as well as potential value of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Student Projects, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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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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