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Macnab, Donald – Scottish Educational Review, 1999
Examines values and purpose in mathematics education in Scottish schools in light of declining Scottish scores on international and national mathematics assessments and the rhetoric of national policy documents. Argues that policy documents convey an unclear, dual vision of mathematics learning as a carefully structured activity with predetermined…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Sparkes, R. A. – Scottish Educational Review, 1999
In Scotland, one "value added" (VA) indicator of secondary school effectiveness measures students' relative "progress" between Standard and Higher grade in particular subjects. When random nonschool factors affecting students' geography performance were computer-simulated to determine VA fluctuation over 25 years, the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Simulation, Departments, Educational Assessment
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Lloyd, Gwynedd; Stead, Joan; Jordan, Elizabeth; Norris, Claire – Scottish Educational Review, 1999
Interviews in 12 Scottish schools examined how teachers and staff perceived and responded to the culture and behavior of Traveller children--both Gypsies and occupational migrants. The findings raise issues about "difference" versus deviance and the extent to which schools can accommodate cultural diversity when it challenges norms of…
Descriptors: Attendance, Cultural Differences, Discipline Problems, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bowman, Marcus – Scottish Educational Review, 1999
Students aged 11-12, placed in groups of four, used word processors to write about a dramatized event using persuasive, newspaper, recount, or report styles. Students' talk as they engaged in the task was analyzed to illuminate the linguistic and cognitive processes involved in group construction of text. (Author/SV)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Cognitive Processes, Discourse Analysis, Elementary School Students
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Buchanan, Douglas; Jackson, Sylvia – Scottish Educational Review, 1998
Explores a structured approach to support student teachers in the use of reflective self-evaluation as part of ongoing professional development. Reviews the Scottish context of initial teacher education, and describes elements of the approach: classroom climate, pairing of student teachers to encourage peer discussion, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Hartley, David – Scottish Educational Review, 1998
The primary-secondary (S1 and S2) "divide" is one contentious area in restructuring education in Scotland. Education is caught between the forces of culture fragmentation and the centralizing tendencies of government. Articulation of education levels in a national framework reflects the influence of cultural and economic trends on…
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Cultural Influences, Developmental Continuity, Educational Assessment
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Munn, Pamela; Johnstone, Margaret; Sharp, Stephen – Scottish Educational Review, 1998
Examines Scottish teachers' perceptions of indiscipline in 1990 and 1996. Survey results suggest that low-level misbehaviors remained the same but verbal abuse toward the teacher increased. Violence against teachers was rare. Findings are placed in the context of research on discipline, policy of social exclusion, and teacher reactions to…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Classroom Environment, Discipline, Discipline Problems
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Scottish Educational Review, 1998
Gives brief descriptions and results for three studies funded by the Scottish Office Education and Industry Department (SOEID): "Managing Change in Small Scottish Primary Schools"; "Cost of Pre-School Education Provision"; and "Evaluating Multidisciplinary Education in Health Care." (SAS)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Change Strategies, Costs, Educational Administration
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Campbell, Carol – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Traces the long-standing debate about the distinctiveness of Scottish education. Examines the development of school-based management in Scotland, differences in policy development between Scotland and England, and the power of the ongoing perception of distinctive Scottish educational values to influence implementation of school-based management…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Decentralization, Educational Change
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Teelken, Christine – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Current British educational developments related to market forces and school choice are examined in terms of educational demand, supply side characteristics, and the regulatory structure of choice. Results from panel study interviews in England and Scotland suggest that concerns about increased inequality among secondary schools are justified,…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Competitive Selection, Educational Change, Educational Demand
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Pirrie, Anne; Fraser, Helen – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Presents preliminary findings of the Scottish National Evaluation of the Early Intervention Programme (EIP), which aims to improve literacy and numeracy skills in grades 1-2. Examines stakeholders' perceptions of EIP's main purpose and teachers' views of its impact on practice. Explores how "early intervention" is interpreted at the…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Sparkes, R. A. – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
In Scotland, a school subject department's "performance" is determined by its "relative rating," which compares the mean grade that its candidates achieve in that subject's national examination with their mean grade in all other subjects. Analysis of 1997 Year-11 examination results demonstrates that the relative rating is…
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Departments, Educational Assessment, Grade 11
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Duffield, Jill; Allan, Julie – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Group interviews of Scottish students in grades 6 and 9 discussed citizenship education, learning beyond school, the learner as decision maker, and politics. Students sought to widen their opportunities to be involved in decisions about learning and school life. They adopted a moral and social interpretation of citizenship, however, and tended to…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Educational Attitudes, Elementary School Students
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Cowan, Paula; Maitles, Henry – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Survey responses from 42 teachers in 24 Scottish elementary schools and 8 structured interviews suggest that study of the Holocaust is generally considered appropriate for elementary students, parents have few objections, and Holocaust history is set firmly within the context of World War II. Significant barriers to its teaching exist, yet most…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, History Instruction
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Donn, Gari – Scottish Educational Review, 2000
Reviews some educational issues arising during the first year of the new Scottish Parliament. Discusses facility problems and funding needs of small rural schools, debate over what constitutes standards and which performance indicators should be included in legislation, proposed accountability structures for local education authorities, and the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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