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Covell, Katherine; Howe, R. Brian; McNeil, Justin K. – Improving Schools, 2010
Evaluations of a children's rights education initiative in schools in Hampshire, England--consistent with previous research findings--demonstrate the effectiveness of a framework of rights for school policy, practice, and teaching, for promoting rights-respecting attitudes and behaviors among children, and for improving the school ethos. The value…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, School Policy, Program Implementation
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Parr, Judy M.; Timperley, Helen S. – Improving Schools, 2010
This article develops the analogy of the "black box" in relation to different levels of a professional development project to understand the nature of learning that results in higher student achievement. Principles of formative assessment are used to frame the on-going, evidence-informed inquiry into learning that operated at each level…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Professional Development, Inquiry, Writing Achievement
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Barnes, Jonathan – Improving Schools, 2010
This report summarizes GENERATE, a pilot research project conducted by 12 artists and their children 3-14. Simply put, these artist/art educator/parents allowed their own children unlimited access to their studios, materials, equipment and workspaces for two years. During that time the children were able to work alongside their parents on making…
Descriptors: Motivation, Child Rearing, Creativity, Student Projects
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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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Anderson, Margery K.; Alnaimi, Tarfa Nasser; Alhajri, Shaikha Hamad – Improving Schools, 2010
During the past decade, the State of Qatar has positioned itself as a leader of educational reform. In 2004, Education for a New Era (ENE) established internationally benchmarked curriculum in Qatari "Independent Schools". Educational reform was to provide an educated workforce and economic prosperity based on a competitive,…
Descriptors: Student Research, Learning Strategies, Student Surveys, Educational Change
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Pons, Oriol; Oliva, Josep-Manuel; Maas, Sandra-Ruth – Improving Schools, 2010
Since 2000 hundreds of school centers have been constructed in Catalonia using industrialized technologies. These centers are modern, useful, educational edifices built using advantageous prefabricated technologies that improve the building process and reduce the environmental impact of the building. This article analyses whether these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prefabrication, Educational Facilities Design, School Buildings
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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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Brodin, Jane – Improving Schools, 2010
Opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in school on equal conditions as others are often stressed, while reality shows that many children with disabilities are still segregated. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been highlighted as a tool for communication and inclusion for children with disabilities but from…
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Measures (Individuals), Assistive Technology, Special Needs Students
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Gillies, Donald; Wilson, Alastair; Soden, Rebecca; Gray, Shirley; McQueen, Irene – Improving Schools, 2010
Engagement in learning is seen as a key to success at school. The article reports on a study into the ways in which one school has attempted to engage with its community in an area of multiple deprivation. Using Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital, the article explores the ways in which school management aims to boost students' embodied…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Cultural Differences, Academic Achievement, Learning Strategies
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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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Hussain, Rana; Ali, Sajid – Improving Schools, 2010
This article tries to respond to a basic question: "can in-service teachers of public sectors in Pakistan be reformed?" The authors' response to this question is: "yes, public teachers can be reformed, if contextual possibilities are exploited efficiently". Although a straightforward and simplistic response to the question,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies
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Farrell, Anne F.; Collier, Melissa A. – Improving Schools, 2010
Family involvement contributes to student success, and family-school communication (FSC) is intended to promote parent involvement; however, little is known about the communication processes that enlist that involvement. There are unanswered questions about how elementary educators perceive, prepare for, and engage in communication with families.…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Parent School Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
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Perryman, Jane – Improving Schools, 2010
This article is based on a case study of one English secondary school in the three years following its release from Special Measures. Having followed the school's successful improvement (in inspection terms) while under Special Measures, I was interested to know if the school would be able to sustain its improvement once the inspectors had…
Descriptors: Inspection, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article outlines the progress and impact of professional learning communities within, between and across schools, as part of the implementation of whole system reform in Wales. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are being developed to support improvement and change across the education system in Wales. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Improvement
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