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Brock-Utne, Birgit – International Review of Education, 2016
This article discusses the concept "ubuntu", an African worldview rooted in the communal character of African life. Some of the same thinking can, however, be found in various Eurasian and Latin-American philosophies. The concept "ubuntu" is also used in language planning: here, the question of language of instruction is…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, African Culture, Language Planning, Educational Policy
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Cheema, Jehanzeb R. – International Review of Education, 2015
The education system in Qatar comprises of both private schools, which receive money through student fees, and public schools, which are fully government-funded. In the mid-2000s, Qatar started its transition towards an independent school model with the aim of eventually converting all public schools into government-supported independent schools.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Standardized Tests, Public Schools, Educational Change
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Nonoyama-Tarumi, Yuko – International Review of Education, 2008
This article uses the data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2000 to examine whether the influence of family background on educational achievement is sensitive to different measures of the family's socio-economic status (SES). The study finds that, when a multidimensional measure of SES is used, the family background…
Descriptors: Economic Status, Family Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Urban Population
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Kivirauma, Joel; Ruoho, Kari – International Review of Education, 2007
The present article focuses on connections between part-time special education and the good results of Finnish students in PISA studies. After a brief summary of the comprehensive school system and special education in Finland, PISA results are analysed. The analysis shows that the relative amount of special education targeted at language problems…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Educational Change