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A Value-Added Study of Teacher Spillover Effects Across Four Core Subjects in Middle Schools
Kun Yuan
This study examined the existence, magnitude, and impact of teacher spillover effects (TSEs) across teachers of four subject areas (i.e., mathematics, English language arts [ELA], science, and social studies) on student achievement in each of the four subjects at the middle school level. The author conducted a series of value-added (VA) analyses, using multiple years of state achievement test...

Are Teachers Crucial for Academic Achievement? Finland Educational Success in a Comparative Perspective
Eduardo Andere
Teachers are seen as the main reason behind the high, equal, and consistent student performance in Finland as measured by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and there is a lot of truth in this. Candidates for teacher training programs are selected through a rigorous process, for example. However, using primarily the case of Finland, this paper seeks to show that factors...

Expanding Downward: Innovation, Diffusion, and State Policy Adoptions of Universal Preschool
F. Chris Curran
Framed within the theoretical framework of policy innovation and diffusion, this study explores both interstate (diffusion) and intrastate predictors of adoption of state universal preschool policies. Event history analysis methodology is applied to a state level dataset drawn from the Census, the NCES Common Core, the Book of the States, and other sources. Significant predictors of policy...

No Stone Left Unturned: Exploring the Convergence of New Capitalism in Inclusive Education in the U.S.
Federico R. Waitoller, Elizabeth B. Kozleski
This paper examines how inclusive education reform is appropriated when New Capitalism work practices dominate the discourse of school improvement in an urban school. We asked how New Capitalism mediates the formation of a professional vision for inclusive education. Using analytical tools from Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), we analyzed school, district, and university documents and...

Special Education in Perspective: Implications for Articulated Teaching in High School and Technological
Fabiane Adela Tonetto Costas, Claucia Honnef
Articulated teaching is proposed as an adaptation to collaborative teaching and aims the joint work between the regular class teacher and the special education teacher in planning, developing and evaluating a class. The aim of this study was to analyze how high school teachers and technology education teachers of a Federal Education Institute in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, realize articulated...

Use of Graphic Systems in the Routine of Regular Classroom With a Disabled Student
Débora Deliberato, Leila Regina D’Oliveira Paula Nunes
The school environment adapted to the diversity of students is an important goal, but it is a challenge when it comes to the diversity of students with disabilities. The aim of this study was to describe the use of graphics systems in the routine of a preschool classroom through a collaborative program. The study included a teacher, 22 children of a preschool classroom in a school located...

Teachers in Specialized Education Support Services: Responsibilities and Impossibilities
Juliana Telles de Castro, Alexandre Fernandez Vaz
This paper presents some results of a research that investigated inclusion process of a Multimedia Room of Specialized Education Support Services offered at the public school in Florianopolis, Brazil. We analyzed the contents of two documents and conducted a series of observations and interviews. The results show certain teaching divestment. Teachers are largely relegated to their own...

Assessment of Students with Intellectual Disabilities Literacy Condition in Inclusive Context
Anna Augusta Sampaio de Oliveira
The issue of evaluation in the area of intellectual disabilities, an inclusive perspective, is still relatively unexplored in research and educational practice. This study presents results of research on the performance in early literacy. We evaluated 32 students with intellectual disabilities, the 2nd year of elementary school, one of the central regions of São Paulo. The results show...

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