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Inglis, Gillian H. – Improving Schools, 2014
As curricular development in Scotland espoused the importance of pupil participation, the extent to which this has been embedded across teachers' pedagogy into assessment and reporting practices warranted investigation. This article reports a mixed-methods study with parents, pupils and teachers from three Scottish primary schools that examined…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Elementary School Students
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Abery, Elizabeth; Drummond, Claire – Improving Schools, 2014
Primary schools are identified as being in a primary position to offer nutrition education. Moreover, primary schools can offer an environment which is conducive to the promotion of healthy eating while influencing eating behaviours of children to benefit their health, well-being and academic development and performance. School canteens are one…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Program Implementation, Nutrition, Elementary Education
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Kwon, Samuel M.; Wardrip, Peter S.; Gomez, Louis M. – Improving Schools, 2014
This article examines the use of interdisciplinary project co-design, as a mechanism for increasing the capacity of a school and promoting the growth of teachers' professional practice in an urban high school setting. Changing teaching practices and the professional culture within a school can be extremely difficult. Simply providing resources…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Capacity Building, Urban Schools, High Schools
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O'Neill, Shirley; Geoghegan, Deborah; Petersen, Shauna – Improving Schools, 2013
Recent shifts in the conceptualization of effective literacy teaching have focused on the need for teachers to make teaching explicit (Edwards-Groves, 2010; Purcell-Gates, Duke, & Martineau, 2007; Rosenshine, 1986) or in Hattie's (2005) terms, learning "visible". Research has shown that the analysis of classroom interactive…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Classroom Communication, Concept Mapping, Teacher Effectiveness
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Pierson, Melinda R.; Howell, Erica J. – Improving Schools, 2013
This article documents a roadmap for developing fully inclusive school sites at the secondary level. Full inclusion is defined as placement in the general education classroom for all students with disabilities. Specifically, two large high schools located in suburban areas attempted to fully include over 300 students identified as needing special…
Descriptors: Inclusion, High Schools, Comparative Analysis, Suburban Schools
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Aldridge, Jill; Ala'I, Kate – Improving Schools, 2013
This article describes the development and validation of a six-scale survey to assess school climate in terms of students' perceptions of the degree to which they feel welcome and connected, together with a scale to assess students' perceptions of bullying. The development of each survey involved a multi-stage approach, including: 1) an extensive…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Construct Validity, Predictive Validity
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Robinson, Carol; Taylor, Carol – Improving Schools, 2013
This article applies theoretical understandings of power relations within student voice work to two empirical examples of school-based student voice projects. The article builds on and refines theoretical understandings of power and participation developed in previous articles written by the authors. The first article argued that at the heart of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Values, Student Empowerment, Secondary Schools
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Davis, John M. – Improving Schools, 2013
This article connects arguments in the field of integrated and multi-professional working concerning the need to promote a strengths-based approach to children, childhood and children's services with writing about creativity in schooling. It utilizes strength-based and social justice approaches to encourage professionals who work with children and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Children, Foreign Countries, Creativity
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Jindal-Snape, Divya; Davies, Dan; Collier, Chris; Howe, Alan; Digby, Rebecca; Hay, Penny – Improving Schools, 2013
This article is based on a systematic review of educational research, policy and professional literature relating to creative environments for learning in schools. Despite the search yielding 210 documents, comparatively few empirical studies were published between 2005 and 2011 that addressed the review objectives. Only 18 studies included in the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Research, Educational Environment
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Allen, David – Improving Schools, 2013
The article presents a cross-domain inquiry into schoolwide professional learning community. It examines tensions in how professional learning community is conceptualized and how it is enacted in the processes of teacher groups. Drawing on a study of contemporary theatre arts practices, it proposes a model of collective creation that highlights…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theater Arts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Coffey, Anne – Improving Schools, 2013
Although change can be considered an inevitable part of life, the process itself can be both challenging and confronting. This is no less the case than for early adolescents as they negotiate the transition from primary to secondary school. Whilst this transition can be considered a regular part of the formal school experience, it can represent a…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Articulation (Education), Early Adolescents, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKinney, Stephen; Hall, Stuart; Lowden, Kevin; McClung, Michele; Cameron, Lauren – Improving Schools, 2013
The contemporary attempts to tackle poverty and child poverty in the United Kingdom have been seriously hindered by the effects of the economic crisis (Hirsch, 2008a; Mooney, 2011). The prevailing discourses of the recession and intergenerational poverty can lead to a view that the effects of child poverty and the consequent detrimental impact on…
Descriptors: Leadership, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Environment, Educational Change
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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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O'Neill, Shirley – Improving Schools, 2013
This article presents a case study of a primary school that engaged with the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools (IDEAS) Project, and moved to the sustaining phase over a period of three years. It reports how the students, who were 98 percent English as a second language, improved their reading and numeracy during this time and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Catholic Schools, Case Studies
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Geoghegan, Deborah; O'Neill, Shirley; Petersen, Shauna – Improving Schools, 2013
Much has been written about what constitutes effective literacy teaching and learning, the power of effective "teacher talk" and the impact on student learning outcomes. There is a growing body of research into pedagogical change to improve literacy outcomes and the implementation of schoolwide approaches to teaching and learning,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship
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