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Determinants involved in the construction of the violence of gender. The case of the primary schools in a province of Spain
Emilia Moreno Sánchez, Carmen Márquez Vázquez
In this work we present a descriptive correlational study that took place in some primary schools of Huelva (Andalusia, Spain) financed with public funds, in which gender differences in the comprehension of violence at primary school are analyzed. With the information obtained, we can conclude with the fact that the violence perceived by students in the educative environment has a clear...

Development of policies for a digital repository for a higher education institution with technological disadvantages
José Alonso Fernández López, María Manuela Pintor Chávez, Marcela Georgina Gómez Zermeño
This study presents a qualitative cross-sectional analysis about the conditions of an educational center of higher education in disadvantaged conditions due to the geographic isolation and lack of technological infrastructure and internet access. To reduce this information access gap, it is proposed to implement a repository of learning objects, taking into account the needs of the...

Widening the gap: Unequal distribution of resources for K–12 science instruction
P. Sean Smith, Peggy J. Trygstad, Eric R. Banilower
Inequalities in educational opportunity are well documented. Regardless of the nature of the disadvantage—low income, underrepresented minority status, or prior achievement—students from backgrounds associated with a given disadvantage have less access to educational opportunities. In this article, we use data from the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education to explore how...

Politics of policy: Assessing the implementation, impact, and evolution of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) and edTPA
Emilie Mitescu Reagan, Thomas Schram, Kathryn McCurdy, Te-Hsin Chang, Carla M. Evans
Summative performance assessments in teacher education, such as the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) and the edTPA, have been heralded through polices intended to enhance the quality of the teaching profession and raise its stature among other professions. However, the development and implementation of the PACT, and subsequently the edTPA, have not been without controversy...

Limits of the quota law in federal public universities
Hugo Augusto Vasconcelos Medeiros, Ruy de Deus e Mello Neto, Alfredo Macedo Gomes
The paper analyzes if the devices in Brazilian quota law are sufficient to guarantee the aims of the affirmative action, in order to promote democratic access to higher education through a fair redistribution of reserved spots. Firstly, we consider the racial self-declaration as a criterion to decide access to the quota; secondly, the technical difficulties and the possibility of competition...

Types of expertise in political decision-making in education: Contributions from a theoretical and conceptual discussion
Carina Coelho, Manuela Terrasêca, José Alberto Correia
In this article we present some reflections from a conceptual analysis and discussion that are part of a wider research intending to understand and questioning current ways of expertise in educational policy-making, namely, concerning to the characteristics of the expert actors and the kind of knowledge recognized as valid to legitimize political decisions. Starting from a contextualization...

Between two legal regimes, what has changed in the curriculum of initial teacher education in Portugal?
Teresa Teixeira Lopo
This paper analyzes, in a comprehensive perspective, the changes in the curriculum of the initial teacher education for the 1 st cycle of basic education, grade level that in Portugal covers the first four years of compulsory education, between two legal regimes of professional qualification for teaching: the first, established in 2007 and due to the legislative reform required by the Bologna...

An empirical test of Oklahoma’s A-F grades
Curt Matthew Adams, Patrick B. Forysth, Jordan K. Ware, Mwarumba Mwavita, Laura L. Barnes, Jam Khojasteh
Oklahoma is one of 16 states electing to use an A-F letter grade as an indicator of school quality. On the surface, letter grades are an attractive policy instrument for school improvement; they are seemingly clear, simple, and easy to interpret. Evidence, however, on the use of letter grades as an instrument to rank and improve schools is scant at best. We address the gap in the literature by...

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