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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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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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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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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; 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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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