No Quick Fixes

Author: Professor Louise Stoll
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113571360X
Format: PDF
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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, Kindle
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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.

Creating Equity and Quality

Author: Terrence Wendel
Publisher: SAEE
ISBN: 0968514448
Format: PDF
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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 Schools in Difficulty

Author: Paul Clarke
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441164065
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For the last few years there has been wave after wave of reform aimed at improving a lot of the schools struggling at the bottom of the ladder of performance, and despite what can be interpreted as best intentions, the problem persists. As a social problem it draws down significant sums of public money, it exercises many talented people, and yet, time after time we find that three, four, maybe five years down the road after extended efforts the impact of the work diffuses and the challenges remain, doggedly evident in people's daily lives. It suggests that perhaps something is wrong in our interpretation, in our analysis, in our approach and our consequent measure of effect of our activity with difficult schools. Improving Schools in Difficulty is structured around two parts, part one examines the principles of engagement with schools in difficulty and part two looks at ways of improving the process of supporting schools in difficulty.

Failure Free Education

Author: David Reynolds
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134208847
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Enhancing Educational Excellence Equity and Efficiency

Author: Roel J. Bosker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 940114253X
Format: PDF, ePub, 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.

Developing Research in Teacher Education

Author: Ian Menter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317985885
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Feedback For Learning

Author: Susan Askew
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134558074
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Education management in managerialist times

Author: Martin Thrupp
Publisher: Open Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780335210299
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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.

Policy Options for Interventions in Failing Schools

Author: Connor P. Spreng
Publisher:
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In accountability frameworks for public education, the focus on the performance of individual schools is increasing. The introduction of parental choice is designed to help low performing schools improve or close. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to the underlying assumptions of these mechanisms. This dissertation examines the responses to failing schools by discussing the theory of such responses and motivating the need for government intervention in failing schools. After the existing literature on interventions is examined, a case study of New Zealand's experience with failing schools offers some evidence of the limited ability of market forces to deal with school failure. Contrary to the assumptions that guided the initial reforms, school failure persisted and spurred the Ministry of Education into developing a strategy for intervening in the failed schools. To estimate the impact of interventions on school performance, this study examines the strategy of interventions in underperforming schools in California. Using publicly available data on school level test scores, models are estimated that take the selection procedure into account explicitly. An impact of 6 points in API growth in the planning year can be detected with no significant effect during the actual implementation. The findings suggest that a priori assumptions about school failure are not useful. An application to the education reform in the Emirate of Qatar further illustrates the practical implications of the recommendations.