The Triple Jeopardy for Muslim Women in Educational Leadership

The Triple Jeopardy for Muslim Women in Educational Leadership

By Shasha Dhesi

The aim of this research is to explore real life experiences of Muslim women in education and educational leadership. It aims to promote an awareness and discussion of the unique experiences of Muslim women and highlights the discrimination and inequities that they face. It gives Muslim women a platform to voice their perceptions and experiences of . . .

Royal Leamington Spa, ENG, GB
Is staff collaboration in sharing practices deemed beneficial?

Is staff collaboration in sharing practices deemed beneficial?

By Sobia Ellahee

The project goal was to establish the need for staff collaboration, with subsequent regular staff meetings to address identified issues. The project took place at an educational centre in Dubai. An initial staff meeting was conducted to obtain ideas about collaboration and identify attitudes of colleagues towards staff collaboration, with information about the focus of the meeting emailed to staff prior to the meeting. . . .

Dubai, AE
The Impact of Learners’ Peer Reviewing on Lecturers’ Assessment Marking Time

The Impact of Learners’ Peer Reviewing on Lecturers’ Assessment Marking Time

By Adam Peters

Marking across vocational courses in Further Education (FE) is a substantial contributor to lecturer workload. With lecturers potentially marking hundreds of assignments per academic year, any strategy to reduce marking time could contribute towards the development of internal policy to manage workload and improve marking/grading processes. One process . . .

London, ENG, GB
Changing teacher perspectives: Game-based scenario writing

Changing teacher perspectives: Game-based scenario writing

By Christien Overdiep; André Koffeman

A group of Dutch teachers, as part of their Master’s programme, developed a game that allows teachers to break free from their day-to-day affairs and reflect on futures by designing scenarios about the future of their school. In this game-based approach the journey of scenario exploration is composed of seven steps: (1) choice of a theme and timeframe, (2) selection of …

Utrecht, NL
Mastering Basic Facts through the Reflex Program (Grantee Research Outcome)

Mastering Basic Facts through the Reflex Program (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Barbara Dotson

Most of the students in my intensive math class are multiple years below grade level and struggle with basic math facts. To help students recall the basic facts with automaticity so they can solve more advanced math problems without being hindered by their lack of basic skill, I implemented the Reflex program, a game-based computer program that was . . .

La Presa, CA, US
Reading Without Walls: Fostering Diverse Reading Interests (Grantee Research Outcome)

Reading Without Walls: Fostering Diverse Reading Interests (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Mary Ellen Shu

Graphic novelist, cartoonist, and teacher, Gene Yang, chose his platform, “Reading Without Walls” (Yang, 2016), to challenge America’s youth to read a book about a character that did not look or live like the reader themselves or a book about a topic that the reader knew nothing about. The goal of this project was to explore . . .

Spring Valley, CA
Developing Academic Literacy at the University of Cumbria

Developing Academic Literacy at the University of Cumbria

By Kaz Stuart

This paper explores academic literacy development from the perspective of social capital, identity and communities of practice. Many universities are widening participation for social justice and financial imperatives. The arrival of increasingly diverse students is not, however, always matched with flexible approaches to developing academic literacy. 65% of our students are ‘non-traditional’ and we are challenged with supporting their …

Penrith, ENG, GB
Leadership and School Effectiveness: Teachers’ Work Lives and Professionalism

Leadership and School Effectiveness: Teachers’ Work Lives and Professionalism

By Effimia Stavrea

This study explored teacher professionalism, perceptions, as well as factors that impact upon their performance and the role of leadership in the enhancement of teacher effectiveness. As the teaching profession has been through harrowing times and the recruitment and retention issue has been a major focus of public attention in the U.K., this study . . .

Oxford, ENG, GB
Curriculum innovation in a primary classroom: Action research

Curriculum innovation in a primary classroom: Action research

By Soledad García Güemes; Elia Fernández-Díaz

This work explores a process of reflection accompanying an innovation in a 5th grade primary class at a public school in Santander, Spain. Combining conceptualization of curricular innovation and action-research as the instrument for innovation and professional development, this work resulted in a deeper knowledge . . .

Cantabria, ES
What impact do individualized teaching sessions have on learners with special needs?

What impact do individualized teaching sessions have on learners with special needs?

By Joanne Whiting

Facilitating the progress of children with moderate learning difficulties can be a challenge due to the poorer retention and memory that many of the children categorized in this group have. The aim of this study was to determine effects of an intervention which would not only enhance the children’s math and reading abilities, but also positively impact on the . . .

Wellingborough, ENG, GB
Do E-Readers increase students’ engagement in reading? (Grantee Research Outcome)

Do E-Readers increase students’ engagement in reading? (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Debra Sands

The goal of this action research was to examine whether home access to e-readers would affect readers’ engagement in independent reading and their reading skills. E-readers (loaded with Internet browsers, literacy apps and skill building games) were used for the research. The devices were made available for students for use at home and at school to encourage . . .

La Mesa, CA
Creating a happy and active learning environment

Creating a happy and active learning environment

By Yvonne Samarawickrama

The objective of this practitioner-research was to determine if the new motivational and instructional strategies that I planned to implement would help create a classroom environment in which students feel safe and enjoy learning and collaborating with their peers. I wanted to create a space for all the students to express their feelings and emotions freely and openly so that they would have a relaxed mind for productive . .

Colombo, LK
Teaching Music in a Full Inclusion Class: Does It Work? (Grantee Research Outcome)

Teaching Music in a Full Inclusion Class: Does It Work? (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Carolyn Lindstrom; James Villegas

The goal of this action-research project was to determine whether inclusion by forming partnerships between students with and without disabilities had a positive effect on students’ perception of peers with disabilities. Through surveys and observations of students with and without disabilities, it was determined that . . .

La Mesa, CA
Factors Influencing Student Retention in Further Education

Factors Influencing Student Retention in Further Education

By Karen Fell

Today’s tertiary education sector is, more than ever, challenged by funding constraints. In further education (FE), sustaining student numbers and retention of students are critical to the survival of institutions and high on the agenda for leaders. This study, conducted in a south Lincolnshire college during the 2015-16 academic year, was devised in recognition of this phenomenon. A case study was …

Stamford, ENG, GB
Engaging Boys in Writing Through Role Play: Following Their Lead

Engaging Boys in Writing Through Role Play: Following Their Lead

By Julia Crawshaw

The goal of this action research was to find ways to improve boys writing within an Early Years classroom. The focus was to improve writing within the role play area. The success of boys writing was monitored within the Garden Centre role play area which was a set-up within the classroom linked to the current class topic. A particular group of boys was not . . .

Doncaster, ENG, GB
Engaging children and parents in Homework

Engaging children and parents in Homework

By Claire Dunn

The goal of this project was to re-write a whole school approach to homework to fully engage children and parents in this aspect of learning. Surveys completed by children and parents as part of this research project indicated dissatisfaction on both parts with the previous approach to homework. In school, we work hard to develop confident, independent learners who are able to reflect on their learning . . .

Doncaster, ENG, GB
In the Zone: Emotion Regulation in the Classroom

In the Zone: Emotion Regulation in the Classroom

By Rachel Scherz

Considering the significant relationship between feelings and learning, practitioners and researchers agree that support for emotion regulation occupies a valuable place in the classroom. In an attempt to support students and teachers at an elementary school, an action research project was designed to enhance student’s emotion regulation strategy development. This collaborative action research study . . .

Encinitas, CA, US
Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Using Strong Start

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Using Strong Start

By Louise Lindgren

Social-emotional learning has a positive impact on school climate and promotes academic, social, and emotional benefits for students (McKevitt, 2012). The purpose of this action research was to find whether instruction in social and emotional skills will help young students develop their social and emotional functioning in the classroom. This action research provides evidence regarding a classroom-based . . .

Castro Valley, CA, US
Increasing Attendance One Student at a Time

Increasing Attendance One Student at a Time

By Allyson Wilkins; Tonya Edrington

In implementing four lunchtime lessons on various Attendance related topics such as attendance review, ways to stay healthy, and ways to ensure daily attendance, I was able provide the fourth-grade students with information about the importance of attending school each day as well as some helpful ways that they can enable themselves to plan strategies to pursue . . .

Poway, CA, US
Book Club

Book Club

By Caroline Askew

The goals of this action research were twofold: increase reading and decrease wasted funds on books that children do not want to read. A book club was held in the school library twice a week for six weeks. Student participants received weekly prizes as an incentive to come to meetings, with drawings held regularly for free books, bookmarks, bags, and other prizes related to reading. At the beginning and end of each book club, students answered survey . . .

Windsor, MO, US
Performance Based Micro-Scholarships: Rewarding Student Achievement in Real Time

Performance Based Micro-Scholarships: Rewarding Student Achievement in Real Time

By Scott Merkel

Little research exists to help make sense of how early commitment of financial aid, or the lack thereof, impacts students’ college-going choices. As the current financial aid environment is largely unchallenged and seen as an inevitable circumstance for which students often lack information necessary to make decisions, assistance . . .

Carlsbad, CA, US
Promoting Leadership Skills Through Social-Emotional Learning

Promoting Leadership Skills Through Social-Emotional Learning

By Brittney Da Rosa

This action research project explored the impact of a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, Strong Kids, on promoting positive prosocial behaviors within a group of male students in a sixth grade Mild Moderate Special Day Class Day Class. The goal of the project was to assist students in identifying their strengths and learning how to build and maintain positive social . . .

Livermore, CA, US
A.C.E. (Achieve, Courage, Enrich) Group: Self-Efficacy in Male Students

A.C.E. (Achieve, Courage, Enrich) Group: Self-Efficacy in Male Students

By Mimi Vo; Christina Miller

This action research project aimed to increase male adolescent student perceptions of self-efficacy and decrease office referral rates. The researchers created a 10-week intervention that focused on developing a sense-of-self, goal identification and planning, recognizing and expressing emotions, and appropriate problem-solving skills. Researcher . . .

Hayward, CA, US