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Tsukui, Atsushi; Saito, Eisuke – Improving Schools, 2018
In studies on teacher professional development, the embodiment of teachers' values in professional practice has emerged as an important area of focus. Employing the sociocultural approach, this study discusses the link between teachers' acts and underlying values based on a Vietnamese teacher's detailed field notes on cases of school reform…
Descriptors: Values, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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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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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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Hudson, Suzanne; Hudson, Peter; Adie, Lenore – Improving Schools, 2015
Universities and teacher employment bodies seek new, cost-effective ways for graduating classroom-ready teachers. This study involved 32 final-year preservice teachers in an innovative school--university partnership teacher education programme titled, the School-Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway. Data were collected using a five-part…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Educational Quality, Educational Experience, Preservice Teachers
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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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Geoghegan, Deborah; O'Neill, Shirley; Petersen, Shauna – Improving Schools, 2013
Much has been written about what constitutes effective literacy teaching and learning, the power of effective "teacher talk" and the impact on student learning outcomes. There is a growing body of research into pedagogical change to improve literacy outcomes and the implementation of schoolwide approaches to teaching and learning,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Koutrouba, Konstantina; Kariotaki, Maria; Christopoulos, Ioannis – Improving Schools, 2012
The present questionnaire-based study examines the views of 428 Greek students (aged 13-18 years) from 30 secondary education schools in Athens, who have experienced cooperative learning in group work--an instructional learning strategy not often implemented in Greek schools. The research focuses on students' preferences as regards the composition…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Saito, Eisuke; Hien, Do Thi; Hang, Khong Thi Diem – Improving Schools, 2010
This article explores the case of a Vietnamese teacher whose conception of teaching changed greatly following a short but intensive series of lessons based on the Japanese experiences with atomic bombs. The following three issues are considered: 1) what types of efforts teachers should make to increase the depth of their lessons, on the basis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Organization, Educational Practices, Peace
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Boikhutso, Keene – Improving Schools, 2010
The aim of this study is to examine the problems facing University of Botswana's Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) student-teachers with respect to their pedagogical practices during school placements. The study attempts to locate the issue of lesson plans and use of behavioural objectives within the general discourse on school…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Educational Objectives, Articulation (Education), Educational Change
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Hopkins, Elizabeth – Improving Schools, 2010
This article argues that accessing and taking note of the voice of pupils is critical in working towards removing barriers to effective learning. Pupil voice was accessed using an innovative form of group interview incorporating an Ishikawa or fishbone tool and card sorting exercise. The data were collected from 132 pupils, from Years 7 to 9 (aged…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes
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Rydstrom, Helle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article examines the "inclusive education" strategy in Vietnam and the extent to which it facilitates learning in students with disabilities. After the introduction of the "doi moi" (renewal) policy in 1986, Vietnamese society went through a period of rapid transformation, including the educational sector. Debates on…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Public Schools, Inclusive Schools, Females
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Woolhouse, Clare; Cochrane, Matt – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on the initial findings of research carried out with a cohort of science teachers engaged in a professional development course at a northwest England university. The aim was to investigate how professional development was perceived by participants and explore the experiences of those who undertook the course. Results suggest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Faculty Development
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Deed, Craig G. – Improving Schools, 2008
What scope is there for teachers to purposefully deviate from their routine classroom practice in order to respond to disengaging students? A case study of a small provincial school in Australia shows an example of alternative pedagogy used in response to a disengaged group of young adolescents. The students temporarily engaged with a different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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Deuchar, Ross – Improving Schools, 2008
Education for citizenship has the teaching of controversial issues, the exploration of social values and the fostering of active participation at its core. This article focuses on a case study of 11-year-old pupils in a Scottish primary school, who were exposed to a new programme underpinned by values-based participation. The pupils initiated…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Citizenship, Student Attitudes, Activism