No Quick Fixes

Author: Professor Louise Stoll
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135713596
Format: PDF, ePub
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The challenge of school improvement for failing schools is a complex and much debated issue. This text attempts to help those working in, or working with, failing schools and aims to contradict the notion that there are no quick fixes for schools in difficulty. The issue of failing schools is looked at from a number of viewpoints. Section one contains policy perspectives; section two contains three schools' perspectives; section three contains chapters written by three external facilitators; section four addresses the issues from three prominant school effectiveness researchers; and section five gives international perspectives from the co-ordinator of the OECD Combating School Failure initiative.

Schools Making a Difference

Author: Martin Thrupp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335231411
Format: PDF, ePub
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Does an effective school really come about through the actions of teachers and school leaders, or does it also require an advantaged student intake? By suggesting that 'failing' schools are often overwhelmed rather than ineffective, this book provides a sympathetic reappraisal of the performance of teachers and school leaders in such schools. It also offers a critical response to the often unrealistic claims of the school effectiveness and school improvement movement and a fresh critique of market reforms in education.

Schulentwicklungsarbeit in herausfordernden Lagen

Author: Veronika Manitius
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830985266
Format: PDF
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Die Frage danach, wie Schulen in ihrer Entwicklungsarbeit gelingend unterstützt werden können, ist vielfach Gegenstand in Diskursen um die schulische Qualitätsentwicklung. Einhergehend mit den bildungspolitischen Bemühungen um die Reduzierung bildungsbezogener Ungleichheiten rücken zunehmend auch die Schulen in den Blick, die u.a. aufgrund ihrer Lage in benachteiligten Quartieren in besonders herausfordernden Handlungskontexten agieren. Der Sammelband setzt an diesem Themenkomplex >Schulentwicklungsarbeit in herausfordernden Lagenwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisstand hierzu, stellt konkrete aktuelle Ansätze und Projektbeispiele vor und arbeitet vorhandene empirische Erkenntnisse und praktische Erfahrungen auf. Mit dieser thematischen Vielfalt lassen sich Ansatzpunkte für den weiteren fachlichen Diskurs identifizieren und Impulse für das Bemühen, Schulentwicklungsarbeit in herausfordernder Lage zu unterstützen, gewinnen.

Failure Free Education

Author: David Reynolds
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134208847
Format: PDF, ePub
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David Reynolds is recognised internationally as one of the leaders of the school effectiveness and school improvement movement, and Failure Free Education? brings together for the first time many of his most influential and provocative pieces. Drawing on the author’s work from over three decades, these extracts from his seminal books, chapters, papers and articles combine to give a unique overview of how the movement developed, the problems involved in the application of the knowledge and the disciplines’ potentially glittering future now. The book also covers the issues raised by, and lessons learned from, his close involvement with English government educational policymaking from the mid 1990s to date. This book is essential reading for those who seek to understand how we can make every school a good school, and what the obstacles may be to achieving that goal.

Developing Research in Teacher Education

Author: Ian Menter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317985885
Format: PDF, ePub
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Good teacher education, informed by relevant research, is judged by policy makers and practitioners alike to be central to increasing the quality of schooling in many countries of the world. Yet, in the UK, research on teacher education is often acknowledged to be less well developed than other areas of educational research and to be over-determined by education policy. It has also been accused of a lack of rigour and of being atheoretical. A further challenge in developing good research in teacher education is that new teacher educators commonly face the challenge of moving into academic work without relevant research skills and the ready capacity to produce high quality research outputs. For these reasons, then, strengthening research in and on teacher education is high on educational agendas in the UK. This book examines the exact nature of these challenges in teacher education and the initiatives arising to address them in different settings across the four nations of the UK. The central theme of all the chapters is how to build ‘research capacity’ so that teacher education can contribute more strongly to the improvement of schooling, as well as becoming a high quality, research-informed enterprise in its own right. The insights will be valuable to teacher educators around the world. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Education and Teaching.

Enhancing Educational Excellence Equity and Efficiency

Author: Roel J. Bosker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 940114253X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Promoting high standards in education while striving for equal opportunities under the budget constraints - these are the new global objectives of education systems. This book brings together research-based evidence on the effectiveness of major Australian, Dutch, and UK improvement efforts in education at both primary and secondary level, whilst making comparisons with similar US initiatives. The book addresses several major questions in this new environment. Those questions include: how to combat educational disadvantages, how to integrate pupils with special educational needs in regular education, how to implement educational standards initiatives, how to restructure secondary education, how to implement decentralized policy-making, and how to implement a class size reduction initiative? Finally, the authors suggest directions for future research in order to increase our understanding of what works in education and why.

Feedback For Learning

Author: Susan Askew
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134558074
Format: PDF, Docs
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Teachers may be surrounded by feedback and involved in it every day, but the notion is poorly analysed and poorly used. Feedback for Learning provides an important collection of contributions to the highly topical theme of feedback to support learning. The book spans three major areas which affect all teachers: *young people's learning *teachers' learning *organisational learning. The authors critically examine the assumption that feedback necessarily has positive learning outcomes and describe models and practices which are more likely to result in effective learning at the individual, group and organisational level.

Creating Equity and Quality

Author: Terrence Wendel
Publisher: SAEE
ISBN: 0968514448
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This monograph is the first in a series of reports related to the Successful Secondary Schools Study in three Canadian provinces, a study that will contribute to high student achievement outcomes for students of low socioeconomic status. This document provides a synopsis of the literature and research dealing with successful and effective schools, school improvement, and the effects of socioeconomic status on overall student learning. The particular focus is on practices in high-achieving schools with low socioeconomic status. Chapter 1 introduces the Successful Secondary Schools Study, and chapter 2 considers the literature on socioeconomic status and student achievement. Chapter 3 provides a historical view of school effectiveness, and chapter 4 considers linking school effectiveness and school improvement. The review of research shows that schools can make a difference and can help students overcome the harmful effects of socioeconomic status. School improvement is revealed as neither simple nor easy, but research shows that committed teachers, focusing on student learning, make the difference. (Contains 4 figures and 57 references.) (SLD)

Improving school effectiveness

Author: John E. C. MacBeath
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335206889
Format: PDF, ePub
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Improving school effectiveness in England and especially in Scotland is treated here in 11 articles, derived from long-term studies by their authors. A study of 24 schools is used for an essay on the use of "critical friends" to improve schools, the significance of a school development plan, the links between attitudes and attainment, and the ethos of a school and its capacity for change. A common theme in these studies is the effect on research, students, teaching, and morale of the overwhelming number of governmental initiatives requiring changes to school curriculum and governance. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Education management in managerialist times

Author: Martin Thrupp
Publisher: Open Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780335210299
Format: PDF
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"For academics and students, Education Management in Managerialist Times offers a critical guide to existing education management texts and makes a strong case for redefining education management along more socially and politically informed lines. The book also offers practitioners alternative management strategies intended to contest, rather than support, managerialism, while being realistic about the context within which those who lead and manage schools currently have to work."--BOOK JACKET.