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Lin, Hongda; Miettinen, Reijo – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
This paper discusses the change of educational governance by developing and using a theory of policy instrumentality. It is based on the policy instruments approach in political studies and on the cultural-historical activity theory. It is used to study the relationships and changes of policy instruments and objectives of a major school…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Governance, Policy Analysis
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Loogma, Krista; Ümarik, Meril; Sirk, Meidi; Liivik, Reeli – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
The article deals with the structural conflict between academic and vocational postcompulsory secondary education involving the negative selection to vocational education. The conflict is treated from the historical perspective with the aim of explaining historical factors and social mechanisms that have contributed to the persistence of the…
Descriptors: Social Change, Labor Market, Vocational Education, Foreign Countries
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Pulkkinen, Jonna; Räikkönen, Eija; Pirttimaa, Raija; Jahnukainen, Markku – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Recently, the large-scale reforms of special education have been carried out in many countries. This study focuses on the latest Finnish reform of special education in compulsory education. As principals lead educational reforms in schools, their role in the implementation of reform is significant. The study explores principals' views on the…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Change, Administrator Attitudes, Special Education
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Biddle, Catharine – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Youth self-determination has been shown to be key to supporting youth engagement in school. However, the latent custodial and sorting functions of schooling often interfere with reform efforts that seek to change the nature of the central relationship of schooling--that of teacher and student. While many studies exist of short-term reform efforts,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Change, Equal Education, Self Determination
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Lane, John L.; Sweeny, Shannon P. – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
This paper examines the social tie formation of 18 novice teachers in the United States. The authors use a novel interview technique to understand the relationships among organizational structure, individual agency, and experience in how early career teachers (ECTs) construct and maintain their social networks. This analysis yielded several…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Social Networks, Organizational Culture
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Neeleman, Annemarie – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
In many countries, education systems are moving towards a combination of increased school autonomy and intensified accountability. In the wake of that shift, decision-making at the school level has become paramount, and the role of the school leader has gained in importance. Despite these trends, surprisingly little is known about how schools and…
Descriptors: Intervention, Classification, Institutional Autonomy, Accountability
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Ittner, Doris; Hagenauer, Gerda; Hascher, Tina – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Based on an interdisciplinary theoretical approach, this study examines the relationship between school principals' perceived satisfaction of their basic psychological needs during curriculum reform, their evaluation of the new curriculum's usability, their emotional experience and their readiness to engage actively in the curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Psychological Patterns, Satisfaction
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy; Matlen, Bryan – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Professional development holds significant potential in promoting science education, but that potential is undermined if instructional changes are not sustained. For professional development, sustainability refers to the continuation of outcomes over an extended period of time after the program ends and is an issue across international contexts.…
Descriptors: Coping, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies, Elementary School Science
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Berkovich, Izhak – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Despite the interest in governance transition in public education, it is challenging to find a theorised account of the process, and even more so in social democratic countries. To fill this gap, Israel can serve as a good case study for investigating how educational governance in social democratic countries changes under neoliberal influences. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Governance, Educational Change
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Einum, Even – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
The introduction of digital tools in response to instructional needs require the development of accompanying teaching approaches guiding their application. This study aimed to identify one such approach in upper-secondary education language teaching with response technology (RT), and situate it within the existing field of research on applied RT.…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Lecture Method, Audience Response Systems
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Mehta, Jal; Peterson, Amelia – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
The past decade has seen increasing international education activity and interest from policymakers and think tanks in looking to other countries for educational reform strategies. This "new isomorphism"--the notion of global best practices in education--has been the subject of intensive debate between advocates and critics. But missing…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Public Education, International Programs, Best Practices
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Brasof, Marc – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Because misbehavior in schools is often instigated by a confluence of organizational features, the purpose of this research was to understand what Youth Court reveals about the causes of in-school conflicts and to what extent its processes help to address them. This multi-site qualitative case study collected data in the form of observations,…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Conflict, Educational Environment, Juvenile Courts
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Gillett-Swan, Jenna K.; Sargeant, Jonathon – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
In recent years, children's voice initiatives in education have gained increased recognition and application. However, while the concept of child and student 'voice' is not new, there remains a high level of inconsistency in how voice-focused initiatives are implemented across education sectors. Not all voice initiatives are successful, mainly…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Adults, Personal Autonomy, Individual Power
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Amels, Judith; Krüger, Meta; Suhre, Cor; van Veen, Klaas – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Educational improvement projects are increasingly focused upon the significant role of data in determining student performance, teachers' learning, and schools' ability to initiate local reforms. Thus, schools are moving toward a new approach to learning, progressing from the routine to the non-routine through inquiry-based working. In addition,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Capacity Building, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers
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Schildkamp, Kim; Poortman, Cindy L.; Ebbeler, Johanna; Pieters, Jules M. – Journal of Educational Change, 2019
Data-informed decision making is considered important for school improvement. Working in data teams is a promising strategy for implementing data use in schools. Data teams consist of teachers and school leaders, who collaboratively analyze data to solve educational problems at their school. Studies show that school leaders can enable and hinder…
Descriptors: Data Use, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Teamwork
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