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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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Conway, Joan M.; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
The term "schoolwide pedagogy" was once rarely heard and yet has now become a part of most discussions around school improvement. But what does it really mean and why is the presence of a schoolwide pedagogical framework important? Some would say that in their school the adoption of an authoritative approach such as Habits of Mind,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Leadership, Educational Practices
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Abawi, Lindy; Oliver, Mark – Improving Schools, 2013
Educational perspectives that recommend inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms remain a controversial topic. The Melbourne Declaration declares that all young Australians should be supported to become successful learners; confident and creative individuals; and active and informed citizens. So the question remains how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Inclusion, Special Needs Students
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Dickson, Martina – Improving Schools, 2013
Government schools in Abu Dhabi, as part of wide-scale educational reforms undertaken in the whole of the United Arab Emirates, have undergone massive school improvement developments over the past seven years. Over the course of these years, the reality of student life for those in government schools has been widely altered. This research explores…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Educational Change, Secondary School Students
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Koutrouba, Konstantina; Karageorgou, Elissavet – Improving Schools, 2013
The present questionnaire-based study was conducted in 2010 in order to examine 677 Greek Second Chance School (SCS) students' perceptions about the cognitive and socio-affective outcomes of project-based learning. Data elaboration, statistical and factor analysis showed that the participants found that project-based learning offered a second…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Student Projects, Questionnaires
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Campbell, Matthew; Saltmarsh, Sue; Chapman, Amy; Drew, Christopher – Improving Schools, 2013
In response to the demands of the "21st century learner", classroom environments are increasingly moving away from traditional models of a single-teacher isolated in their classroom. There is an advent of 'non-traditional' environments that challenge long-held practices in teaching. To support these changes there is a pressing need to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Facilities Design, Teacher Leadership
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Haley, Melinda; Hammond, Helen; Ingalls, Lawrence; Marín, Merranda Romaro – Improving Schools, 2013
Parental grief reactions have typically been examined in situations where parents have a child diagnosed with a major medical or mental health condition. This study used the grief and loss model as conceptualized by Kubler-Ross (1969), Lamb (1988), and Kubler-Ross and Kessler (2005) as a foundation in examining parental reactions when a child has…
Descriptors: Grief, Disabilities, Parent Attitudes, Special Education
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Hemmings, Annette – Improving Schools, 2012
A framework for urban public high school reform is presented for managing site-based change through re-envisioning, reculturation, restructuring, and remoralization. The four Rs for reform framework is elucidated through a qualitative study of a low-performing urban public high school that was transformed into a new more successful school. The…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Effective Schools Research
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Heineke, Amy J.; Coleman, Elizabeth; Ferrell, Elizabeth; Kersemeier, Craig – Improving Schools, 2012
In this article, we outline the necessary action steps for schools to improve the achievement of bilingual students. We review, summarize, and utilize the pertinent scholarly literature to make suggestions for school-wide, collaborative efforts to support the achievement of bilingual learners through linguistically responsive pedagogy and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Academic Achievement, Relevance (Education), Educational Improvement
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Corner, Claire – Improving Schools, 2012
This article is an account of a creative learning project conducted in the author's school in which she worked with a storyteller to engage a class of 14-15-year-old students in exploring other worlds, inspired by the "His Dark Materials" novels by Philip Pullman. The project was conceived as teacher-led action research in which the author…
Descriptors: Evidence, Action Research, Creative Activities, Educational Change
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Clarke, Paul – Improving Schools, 2012
This paper argues that modern education is premised upon urban industrial society, and that this has been conceived around a false notion of progress which perpetuates fracture between people and planet. If education maintains this illusion of progress whilst ignoring the reality of environmental meltdown it serves no reliable purpose in…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment), Urban Areas, Agriculture
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara; McCarthy, Mary Jean – Improving Schools, 2012
This pilot study aimed to address persistent gaps in the research regarding effective professional development models associated with reading comprehension pedagogy in content area classrooms (science). An appropriate instructional model was developed, ("Do-Read-Do") which attempts to embed the explicit teaching of reading comprehension strategies…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Science Instruction, Discussion Groups, Inferences
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Scanlon, Lesley – Improving Schools, 2012
This is the first in a series of articles which will examine the results of a qualitative, longitudinal study of school improvement initiatives from the perspective of school stakeholders. The article captures the responses of students from a low socio-economic status school in NSW, Australia to a school initiative that restructured the learning…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Stakeholders, Foreign Countries
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Koutrouba, Konstantina; Kariotaki, Maria; Christopoulos, Ioannis – Improving Schools, 2012
The present questionnaire-based study examines the views of 428 Greek students (aged 13-18 years) from 30 secondary education schools in Athens, who have experienced cooperative learning in group work--an instructional learning strategy not often implemented in Greek schools. The research focuses on students' preferences as regards the composition…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Simo, Nuria; Telford, Jon – Improving Schools, 2012
The arrival over the last 15 years of a substantial number of pupils of immigrant origin has presented Catalan schools with significant challenges. The schools in Vic (70 km north of Barcelona) have been at the forefront of attempts to adjust to this new multicultural reality. This article describes the results of three studies carried out by the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, School Choice, Educational Research, Academic Achievement
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