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Bragg, Sara – Improving Schools, 2016
This article discusses "Choice and Challenge" as a tool for school improvement and as a "practicable pedagogy" that attempts to embody the principles of "learning without limits," rejecting ability grouping and labelling. As considered here, "Choice and Challenge" emerges specifically from practice at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Implementation, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Improvement
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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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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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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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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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Wurdinger, Scott; Rudolph, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2009
US high schools appear to measure success according to the number of students admitted into four-year institutions each year. Although this is one measure, there are some schools that focus on developing important life skills needed to become productive members of society. Online surveys were sent out to alumni, students, teachers, and parents to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Alumni, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Regan, Elaine – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on students' perspectives of an in-school promotional intervention aimed at challenging traditional methods of teaching science in schools in an effort to inspire interest in school science and increase enrolments. First, the context for the research is discussed before briefly describing the intervention strategy employed and…
Descriptors: Intervention, Chemistry, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes
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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
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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