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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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Ness, Daniel; Farenga, Stephen J.; Shah, Vishal; Garofalo, Salvatore G. – Improving Schools, 2016
Appeals to reform science education by policy makers are not new phenomena. To be sure, while science reform efforts have been ongoing occurrences for nearly six decades, perpetual educational reform efforts as a whole have been evolving and gaining momentum in number for more than a century. The general motivation for continual reform appears to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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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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Woolner, Pamela; McCarter, Sheila; Wall, Kate; Higgins, Steve – Improving Schools, 2012
School premises make a difference to learning, but it is important to understand the relationship between setting and educational activities. Physical space has been found to entrench practice, making it harder to reflect and make changes. Yet changes made to the physical environment may not lead to changes in teaching or learning. This may be…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Physical Environment, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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Wurdinger, Scott; Enloe, Walter – Improving Schools, 2011
Surveys that focused on academic and life skill development were collected from alumni who attended Avalon Charter School in St Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small public charter school that uses project-based learning as their primary teaching method. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Student Projects, Time Management, Alumni
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Akhtar, Shazia – Improving Schools, 2008
This article reviews how education for citizenship could be implemented and practised in Scottish primary schools at whole school, classroom and community level within the context of the new Curriculum for Excellence. It draws upon the advice and information given in existing key literature to provide an overview of the approaches that develop…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Harris, Linda – Improving Schools, 2007
The Assessment is for Learning programme has been implemented by Learning and Teaching Scotland over recent years and there will be further developments throughout the Scottish curriculum up until and beyond 2007. This article re-examines the techniques of formative assessment that can progress pupil learning and appeals to teachers to review…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment
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Woolner, Pam; Hall, Elaine; Wall, Kate; Dennison, David – Improving Schools, 2007
This article first investigates historical trends in both the practice and the understanding of consultation, considering the often contrasting perspectives of architects and designers, compared to teachers and educationalists. Differing assumptions held by these two broad groups of professionals can lead to conflicting aims and objectives for…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Architecture, School Buildings, Educational Environment