ERIC Number: ED338626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
School Effectiveness in the Dominican Republic.
British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Faculty of Education.; Nacional Univ. Pedro Henriquez Urena, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).
Characteristics distinguishing more effective from less effective public primary (grades 1 to 8) schools in Santo Domingo were studied, using a comparative case study design. The effectiveness of the school was determined by expert nomination and achievement tests in reading, mathematics, and writing. Socioeconomic status was controlled and three pairs of schools were formed, each containing a more effective and a less effective school. Two investigators studied each pair of schools for 16 weeks to determine the validity for these schools of each of 23 variables identified from previous research and to look for additional distinguishing variables. Ten additional variables were developed in pilot studies and used. Out of the potential 33, 26 were found to differentiate between good and poor schools. These were grouped into: (1) general school provisions; (2) direct provisions for motivating students; and (3) ensuring effective instruction. Most variables relating to effectiveness were subject to manipulation within the school, making improvement based on this research possible. The achievement tests in Spanish, and a socioeconomic analysis are appended. A 129-item bibliography is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Tests, Predictor Variables, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Reading Tests, School Effectiveness, Spanish, Writing Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Faculty of Education.; Nacional Univ. Pedro Henriquez Urena, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).
Identifiers: Dominican Republic