Search results for: Academic achievement
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The Relationship between Departments as Professional Communities and Student Achievement in Secondary Schools
This study explores the relationship of mathematics departments perceived as professional communities and student achievement in Dutch secondary schools. The findings reveal that those departments that focus on reflective dialogue, collaborative activity, shared vision and student achievement are associated with successful schools and higher student achievement.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012
This article examines three possible influences on the impact of teacher professional development as a mechanism for improving teaching and learning. These influences are those from the individual teacher, those from the school and those from the activities in which teachers participate. Data were collected from a national sample of primary and secondary teachers in England. The results reveal that teachers in high performing schools participate in professional development activities that are longer in duration, more active and more collaborative in implementation. In contrast, teachers in the lowest performing schools report high levels of performance management conditions and participate in activities that are short in duration.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2011
The goal of this article is to generate a portrait of the evidence on instruction that identifies strengths and gaps in the literature and that summarizes what this research base says about the relationship between classroom instruction and student outcomes. It was found that more than half the studies used data more than a decade old; few studies examined instruction during important transition years such as sixth and ninth grade; and subject area emphasis was lopsided, with mathematics and science instruction receiving much greater attention than English/Language Arts and Social Studies. The summary also revealed a repeated finding of low-SES students receiving diminished learning opportunities than more affluent peers.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2011
This article explores what current charter policies govern Cyber charter schools (CCSs). Furthermore, the paper outlines the practices in these schools that might illuminate future policy needs. The study shows how state leadership is vital to coordinate student enrollment across geographic boundaries, funding mechanisms, and conflicts between CCSs and established stakeholders. Finally, CCSs in this study serve unique, niche student populations that opt out of the traditional school system
Updated: Oct. 10, 2011
Maintaining, Reframing, and Disrupting Traditional Expectations and Outcomes for Professional Development with Critical Friends Groups
The goal of this study is to highlight the successes and challenges inherent in this district’s use of the CFG model and provide the district and school leaders with feedback to inform their progress as they enter the 3rd year of implementation.Findings suggest that the CFG model can positively impact the professional development of those involved. However, without explicit attention being given to the nature of the dialogue that actually occurs within the CFGs and its relationship to the larger school improvement efforts, and teachers’ individual practice, it is difficult to affect changes in how teachers either share or enact their instructional practices.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
This article reviews the existing literature on mathematics coaching. The paper focuses on coaches, their work, their preparation, the conditions needed for an effective coaching program, and the impact of coaching in US schools.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
The current study examined the effectiveness of a supervised mentoring program on the academic achievement of low‐income students in Seoul, South Korea. When compared to the control group, both elementary and middle school students exposed to the mentoring program improved in mathematic and reading comprehension. These findings provide support for mentoring programs as a means to reduce resource inequity in low‐income school districts.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011
This article describes a blended in-service arrangement which was designed to support Russian science teachers from rural schools in the integration of technology. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of the blended approach on science teacher learning, classroom impact and student affective outcomes. The results indicate that the blended in-service arrangement as developed in this study was a promising approach in supporting Russian rural school teachers with the integration of technology.
Updated: May. 30, 2011
The Effects of Sustained Classroom-Embedded Teacher Professional Learning on Teacher Efficacy and Related Student Achievement
The current article reports on the impact of a classroom-embedded professional learning program for mathematics teaching in two contrasting districts in Canada. Furthermore, the article explores the relationship between teacher efficacy and student achievement. The analysis of data revealed that the two districts reported learning very different things from the professional learning opportunity.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2011
This article presents case study research which explored the use of school performance feedback and its’ perceived effects. The findings show that all schools used the feedback in writing school improvement plans. However, it was found that the extent of genuine school improvement varied across schools as did the perceived effects of the use of performance feedback.
Updated: Apr. 04, 2011