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Corner, Claire – Improving Schools, 2012
This article is an account of a creative learning project conducted in the author's school in which she worked with a storyteller to engage a class of 14-15-year-old students in exploring other worlds, inspired by the "His Dark Materials" novels by Philip Pullman. The project was conceived as teacher-led action research in which the author…
Descriptors: Evidence, Action Research, Creative Activities, Educational Change
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara; McCarthy, Mary Jean – Improving Schools, 2012
This pilot study aimed to address persistent gaps in the research regarding effective professional development models associated with reading comprehension pedagogy in content area classrooms (science). An appropriate instructional model was developed, ("Do-Read-Do") which attempts to embed the explicit teaching of reading comprehension strategies…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Science Instruction, Discussion Groups, Inferences
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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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Cortesao, Luiza – Improving Schools, 2011
This article highlights how school can work as a "pressure cooker valve", contributing to a "controlled management" of processes of exclusion. Schools, sometimes without realizing it, simultaneously promote some practices that lead to greater inclusion and support, and others that effectively result in the exclusion of…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Instruction, Poverty, Minority Group Students
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Levine, Thomas H – Improving Schools, 2011
Scholars and reformers in the United States have called for converting large high schools into smaller units to provide a more effective, personal, and culturally responsive education for all students. Current literature argues that such "conversion high schools" should break into fully autonomous small schools rather than more…
Descriptors: High Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Teacher Collaboration, 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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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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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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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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Thomson, Pat; McGregor, Jane; Sanders, Ethel; Alexiadou, Nafsika – Improving Schools, 2009
Creative Partnerships aims to change the ways in which children learn and teachers teach, and to support whole school change. Our research examines how schools take up the "cultural offer" made by Creative Partnerships. In this article, drawing on data from snapshot visits to 40 English schools, we suggest that it has made a difference…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Improvement, Teaching Methods, Partnerships in Education
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