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9780415548748

Improving Quality in Education: Dynamic Approaches to School Improvement

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415548748

  • ISBN10:

    0415548748

  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2012-01-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Improving Quality in Education is a major contribution to the area of school improvement, setting out a dynamic framework that will helps schools collect data, evaluate themselves, decide on priorities for improvement and develop action plans. Emphasising the setting of targets, the authors stress the fundamental importance of making schools into the best possible learning environments, giving students and teachers the means to achieve them. Their practical, flexible approach can easily fit with the individual circumstances of each school and system.Based on this approach, the book goes on to explore a number of projects that focus on important challenges schools all around the world are facing, such as preventing bullying and developing teachers. Readers, be they practitioners, school advisors, policy-makers or researchers, will see how the contents of Improving Quality in Education can be applied in a wide variety of educational settings.To conclude the authors offer practical suggestions for designing improvement strategies, providing guidelines to schools on how to self-evaluate, make decisions on priorities and design action plans, including a useful toolkit of guidelines for measuring the quality of teaching and the efficiency of school factors.Aimed at all professionals working in the area, whether academics, researchers, policy-makers, school advisors or teachers, this book will provide expert guidance not only for graduate students, university libraries and individual academics, but also school management teams, school support agencies and officials in educational policy.

Author Biography

Bert P.M. Creemers is Professor in Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Leonidas Kyriakides is Assistant Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation at the University of Cyprus.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
List of appendicesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Foundations of the improvement approachp. 1
Developments in school improvement: the value of a theory-driven approachp. 3
Establishing links between educational-effectiveness research and school improvement: the contribution of the dynamic modelp. 19
The dynamic approach to school improvementp. 50
Research projects on the dynamic approach to school improvementp. 67
Establishing school self-evaluation mechanisms to improve the quality of educationp. 69
Facing and preventing bullying through improving the school learning environmentp. 87
Schools establishing school self-evaluation mechanisms for improvement purposes: case studies of two primary schools in Sloveniap. 106
Using DASI to improve teacher effectiveness: a group randomisation studyp. 119
Development of DASI: studies on teacher effectiveness in different educational settingsp. 143
Translating the approach into action: guidelines and instrumentsp. 157
Using DASI to establish mechanisms for school self-evaluation for improvement purposesp. 159
Instruments for measuring quality of teaching and school level factorsp. 170
The design of actions and strategies for improvement, their implementation and evaluationp. 181
Further developments of the dynamic approach to school improvementp. 201
Reflections on the viability of the approachp. 203
Referencesp. 213
Appendix to Chapter 4p. 233
Appendix to Chapter 5p. 235
Appendix to Chapter 6p. 244
Appendix to Chapter 7p. 247
Appendices to Chapter 10p. 250
Indexp. 288
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