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Blenkinsop, Sean; Maitland, Clayton; MacQuarrie, Jodi – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper, based upon our experiences starting a school, is part dialogue and part theory. The three authors have all played important roles in the design, creation, and ongoing support of an innovative public elementary school. The first part of the paper describes the impetus behind the creation of this "buildingless," environmentally…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Place Based Education, Elementary Schools, Public Schools
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Alerby, Eva – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this paper, it is my intention to not only explore the notions and significance of places for silence in education today, but also to develop insights into diverse understandings of silence -- such as aspects of power in silence and issues of silent students -- to inform school practices and educational policy. The discussion will be…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Acoustics, Educational Practices, Playgrounds
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Campbell, Coral; Speldewinde, Christopher – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Bush kindergartens are a new practice in the Australian early childhood learning context and one that is rapidly becoming part of the kindergarten experience. Children leaving the confines of the bounded space of a kindergarten has been practised through excursions to outdoor places like zoos but the notion of conducting regular, ongoing…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Educational Policy, Learning Experience
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Regan, Priscilla M.; Khwaja, Elsa Talat – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The field of education technology (edtech) has emerged as a complex, multimillion-dollar industry, with various hubs in the USA leading the boom. This exploratory article uses a networks perspective to reveal the power dynamics of investor firms in edtech. The analysis examines the current top venture capitalists and their edtech companies, based…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Corporations
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Volante, Louis; Klinger, Don A.; Siegel, Melissa; Yahia, Leena – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Results of international achievement surveys such as the Programme in International Student Assessment have consistently reported an achievement gap between immigrant and non-immigrant student populations around the world. This paper unpacks this persistent achievement gap by examining key characteristics that influence the performance of first-…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Immigrants, Achievement Gap