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Patel, Sejal; Cummins, Natalie – Improving Schools, 2019
This qualitative case study investigates student and school staff perceptions of transitions and changing social dynamics due to a temporary closure of an elementary school undergoing redesign in an inner-city neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 75 students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and 28 staff who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, School Closing, Urban Schools
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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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Ramberg, Joacim; Låftman, Sara Brolin; Almquist, Ylva B; Modin, Bitte – Improving Schools, 2019
The effective schools literature has shown that school-contextual aspects matter for students' academic and social outcomes. A potential link here may be the quality of the relationships between teachers and students, but few studies have investigated whether features of school effectiveness are in fact associated with students' perceptions of…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Caring, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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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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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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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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Blomberg, Seija; Knight, Bruce Allen – Improving Schools, 2015
This study focuses on the lived experiences of five novice teachers during their first academic year of teaching. This article analyzes the experiences of new teachers based on long-term data collection throughout a school year as one means of bridging the gap between teacher preparation and actual teaching practice. The findings indicate that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teaching Experience, Longitudinal Studies
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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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Kwon, Samuel M.; Wardrip, Peter S.; Gomez, Louis M. – Improving Schools, 2014
This article examines the use of interdisciplinary project co-design, as a mechanism for increasing the capacity of a school and promoting the growth of teachers' professional practice in an urban high school setting. Changing teaching practices and the professional culture within a school can be extremely difficult. Simply providing resources…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Capacity Building, Urban Schools, High Schools
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Recent research has produced evidence to suggest a strong reciprocal link between school context-specific language constructions that reflect a school's vision and schoolwide pedagogy, and the way that meaning making occurs, and a school's culture is characterized. This research was conducted within three diverse settings: one school in the Sydney…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, School Culture
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Using metaphor to clarify pedagogical understanding and to anchor teacher beliefs and knowledge to meaningful contextualized mental maps can have powerful consequences in schools. Frequent changes in school staff and clientele present schools with the challenge of how to share culturally specific messages quickly and effectively to those new to…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement
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Abawi, Lindy; Oliver, Mark – Improving Schools, 2013
Educational perspectives that recommend inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms remain a controversial topic. The Melbourne Declaration declares that all young Australians should be supported to become successful learners; confident and creative individuals; and active and informed citizens. So the question remains how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Inclusion, Special Needs Students
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Hemmings, Annette – Improving Schools, 2012
A framework for urban public high school reform is presented for managing site-based change through re-envisioning, reculturation, restructuring, and remoralization. The four Rs for reform framework is elucidated through a qualitative study of a low-performing urban public high school that was transformed into a new more successful school. The…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Effective Schools Research
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Heineke, Amy J.; Coleman, Elizabeth; Ferrell, Elizabeth; Kersemeier, Craig – Improving Schools, 2012
In this article, we outline the necessary action steps for schools to improve the achievement of bilingual students. We review, summarize, and utilize the pertinent scholarly literature to make suggestions for school-wide, collaborative efforts to support the achievement of bilingual learners through linguistically responsive pedagogy and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Academic Achievement, Relevance (Education), Educational Improvement
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MacBeath, John – Improving Schools, 2009
This article comments on international consequences of performativity cultures and curriculum standardization, focusing particularly on the situation in England. It highlights the divide between youth culture and school learning, and the particular damage for poorer students. It argues the impact of the English performativity regime on teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Morale, Teaching Methods, Accountability
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