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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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Doyle, Sean – Improving Schools, 2009
This article explores the potential of a residential Continuing Professional Development (CPD) model to promote sustained constructive dialogue between science educators, both on knowledge and pedagogy, and impact on teaching practice in a wide geographical area. It is based on a science education initiative shared by the local authorities in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
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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
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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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Wurdinger, Scott; Haar, Jean; Hugg, Robert; Bezon, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2007
Project-based learning taps into students' interests by allowing them to create projects that result in meaningful learning experiences. The method requires teachers to identify projects that challenge students to work individually or in groups to create plans, solve problems they encounter, test their ideas, and present their projects to peers.…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Student Motivation, Classroom Environment, Active Learning
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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
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Farquhar, Karen – Improving Schools, 2004
Many theorists espouse the need for creativity to be taught within the school environment, but few exemplars exist as to how this can be achieved. Indeed, this is not a development that can happen overnight; it requires a great deal of focused thought and revision, and classroom-based leaders who are willing to take risks and create a new vision…
Descriptors: Creativity, Holistic Approach, Educational Environment, Teaching Methods
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Simister, Jane – Improving Schools, 2004
Opinion may be unnecessarily divided as to whether it is possible to teach skills such as critical and creative thinking as subjects in their own right or whether students would more usefully develop such skills within the context of their curriculum subjects. A study was undertaken into the effects of teaching a 25-lesson "thinking skills"…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, Students, Cognitive Style
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Andrews, Dorothy; Lewis, Marian – Improving Schools, 2004
This article draws on the experiences of a range of Australian schools engaging with a teacher-centred process of whole-school renewal known as IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools). IDEAS enhances the professional capacity of teachers to improve school outcomes such as student learning, relationships with the community,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Leadership, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement
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Hayes, Denis – Improving Schools, 2004
After issuing a flood of missives about education during its time in office, the Government is now actively encouraging the exploitation of creativity and offering schools the opportunity to be more flexible in their interpretation and teaching of the curriculum. This apparent change of heart has left school leaders and classroom practitioners…
Descriptors: Creativity, Test Results, School Law, Teaching Methods
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