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Social networks and policy coherence: Administrators’ Common Core and teacher evaluation advice networks
Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, Thomas Hatch, Kathryn Hill, Rachel Roegman, David Allen
In this study, we aim to deepen understanding of what it would take to develop the relationships, common understandings, and collective expertise that might support district-wide improvement efforts by examining the implementation of the Common Core and a teacher evaluation policy. Drawing on three years of social network data in three districts, we find that administrators were more likely to...

The educational policy of democracy in Spain (1978-2019): Schooling, Church-State conflict, and quality of education
F. Javier Merchán Iglesias
This article studies the trajectory of educational policy in Spain from the first steps of the restoration of democracy to the present day. Starting from the situation inherited from the Franco regime, it develops the thesis that this policy has revolved around three main issues. On the one hand, schooling, on the other hand, the conflict between the State and the Church for the control of the...

School managers as street-level managers: A typology of principals in Brazilian municipal schools
Catarina Ianni Segatto, Marina Katurchi Exner, Fernando Luis Abrucio
Even though students’ socioeconomic background is central to comprehending educational results, there is a consensus in the literature that school managers influence students' learning. They have a central role in instructional coordination and in the relations with external and internal school communities, for instance. Nevertheless, few studies seek to better grasp the features of effective...

Taxonomy of grading practices in the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón, 1995-96 to 2015-16
Horacio Matos-Diaz
Faculty members and their corresponding academic fields at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón are classified with regard to grading practices over time. Based on the effects on the intercept of the equations that predict the GPA and the proportion of student withdrawals observed in each of the 39,337 courses offered during 41 consecutive terms, faculty members and academic fields are...

Collaborative research in the doctorate: Benefits and challenges from a case study
Irene López Secanell, Georgina Llobet Bernaus, Quim Bonastra Tolós, Glòria Jové Monclús
This article proposes to show the benefits and challenges of collaboration in research processes. We start from the account of the experience of two directors and two doctoral students to problematize the academic regulations for which doctoral theses in traditional modalities be signed individually. A qualitative case study methodology is used to analyze the autobiographical accounts and the...

Predictors of success in the didactic-pedagogical organization of higher education: Meta-evaluation of the reports of the commissions
Cleber Augusto Pereira, Joaquim Filipe Ferraz Esteves Araújo, Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
The study seeks to identify the predictors of success in the evaluation reports of higher education (HE) courses between 2018-2019. Mixed-methods research was used, combining qualitative and quantitative analysis applied to textual content. In the content analysis, the Descending Hierarchical Classification, Similitude Analysis and Word Cloud were performed. The results suggest predictors of...

How much are universities engaged with their social responsibility?
Maria Belén Arias Valle, Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent, Frederic Marimon-Viadiu
The importance of university social responsibility (USR) is given by the commitment assumed by the university towards its stakeholders. This study aims at providing new insights on this topic, by analyzing the level of performance in USR that universities communicate. To this end, a structured procedure in five phases is proposed, analyzing elements of the strategic direction and considering...

Challenges of teachers of basic technical and technological education in Brazil
Celia Tanajura Machado, Liliana Soares Ferreira, Taise Tadielo Cezar
We analyze the challenges that are presented to the teachers of the institutions of the Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education (RFEPCT), professionals of the Federal Public Ministry of the Basic, Technical and Technological Education Career (EBTT Career). From historicization, a study of the legal milestones regarding the career of EBTT teachers was carried out...

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