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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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Pyhältö, Kirsi; Pietarinen, Janne; Soini, Tiina – Improving Schools, 2015
Bullying in school has become an international concern in recent decades. Yet, we know surprisingly little about inhibitors of teacher-targeted bullying. The study focused on exploring the interrelation between the teacher-working environment fit, bullying, experienced exhaustion and turnover intentions. Altogether 2310 comprehensive school…
Descriptors: Bullying, Inhibition, Correlation, Teaching Conditions
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Hakala, Juha T.; Uusikylä, Kari; Järvinen, Esa-Matti – Improving Schools, 2015
There is a manifest tendency for national education policy to follow global economic trends. In many Western industrialized countries, this relationship has intensified or strengthened within the last decades. The strengthening of this relationship has been seen, among other things, as evidence of the growing power of neoliberal ideology. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, Curriculum Development, Creativity
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Allison, Pete; Gray, Shirley; Sproule, John; Nash, Christine; Martindale, Russell; Wang, John – Improving Schools, 2015
Regardless of the aims and purposes of education, recent trends in pedagogy suggest an increasing popularity of project-based learning (PBL) and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to learning, however ill-defined they may be. Connections between PBL, curriculum trends and health and wellbeing are reviewed, as well as potential value of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Student Projects, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Yan, Chunmei – Improving Schools, 2015
This article reports on a study of English secondary teachers' perceptions of and implementation of the New English Curriculum Reform in China. Triangulated data collection methods were employed to gather information about teachers' perceptions of the New Curriculum and their teaching behaviours in Central China. An implementation gap emerged…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Khawary, Omidullah; Ali, Sajid – Improving Schools, 2015
One of the challenging issues that educational organizations in developing countries face in staffing classrooms with qualified teachers is the high rate of teachers' turnover. It creates problems for schools, which eventually leads to substandard instruction and low student achievement. This research explores the causes of English teachers'…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Case Studies, Developing Nations
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Saggers, Beth – Improving Schools, 2015
Listening to and reflecting on the voices and personal stories of adolescent students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is critically important to developing more inclusive approaches to their education. This article considers the experiences of nine adolescents with an ASD on their inclusive education in a large urban secondary school in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes, Autism
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Frelin, Anneli; Grannäs, Jan – Improving Schools, 2015
This article presents results from a research project exploring the relational interplay between school staff and students, its functions and complexity in the secondary school context. School relationships (between students and different kinds of staff) are more or less indirectly related to educational content: subject matter as well as norms…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Classification, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Karagiorgi, Yiasemina; Nicolaidou, Maria; Yiasemis, Christos; Georghiades, Petros – Improving Schools, 2015
This article aims to illustrate a school self-evaluation project implemented in three Cyprus primary schools. The project adopted three theoretical assumptions, namely, an orientation towards school improvement, a participatory school-level approach allowing support from a critical friend and a focus on effective teaching. In line with a…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Improvement, Effective Schools Research, Data
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McClelland, Elizabeth; Pitt, Anna; Stein, John – Improving Schools, 2015
When language is processed, brain activity occurs not only in the classic "language areas" such as Broca's area, but also in areas which control movement. Our systems of understanding, including higher level cognition, are rooted in bodily awareness which needs to be developed as a precursor to intellectual reasoning. Cognition is…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Intervention, Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment
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Blomberg, Seija; Knight, Bruce Allen – Improving Schools, 2015
This study focuses on the lived experiences of five novice teachers during their first academic year of teaching. This article analyzes the experiences of new teachers based on long-term data collection throughout a school year as one means of bridging the gap between teacher preparation and actual teaching practice. The findings indicate that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teaching Experience, Longitudinal Studies
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Finlayson, Maureen – Improving Schools, 2015
The focus of this research is cultural sustainability of African Canadian heritage. Research literature informs us that engaging youth in educational programmes at the local level is fundamental to sustainability discussions. Furthermore, students must be actively engaged in their African Canadian past, present and future education. However, there…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, North Americans, Blacks, Students
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Torres, Ana Cristina; Mouraz, Ana – Improving Schools, 2015
The study followed students in their 10th year of schooling that entered a new secondary education school in order to examine their perceptions of their previous schools' work and of its relationship with the difficulties they experience when in the transition. The analysis of 155 completed questionnaires of previous students of nine basic…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Student Attitudes, Secondary Education, Questionnaires
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Brkovic, Marta – Improving Schools, 2015
Since 2000, when education reform in Serbia began education goals, teachers' training, curriculum and teaching/learning methods have been modernised and improved. However, a closer examination of the schools built from 2000 onwards reveals that architectural design of primary schools rests on standardised school design schemes from socialist…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, School Buildings
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Dedering, Kathrin – Improving Schools, 2015
The article focuses on school inspections as an instrument for school development and aims to clarify how schools cope with the results which are generated by it. It is based on the assumption that the specific situation of a school has an impact on how and in what way the results are received and dealt with in schools. In order to support this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Educational Development, Case Studies
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