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ERIC Number: ED364998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-86431-153-2
Improving Australia's Schools. Executive Summary of "Making Schools More Effective: Report of the Australian Effective Schools Project".
McGaw, Barry; And Others
This booklet summarizes findings of a study, the Effective Schools Project, which sought to promote public discussion about improving educational quality in Australia. Questionnaires that were distributed with 300,000 booklets elicited a total of 7,203 responses from principals, parents, staff, and schools. Respondents were asked to identify the important components of an effective-school curriculum, the extent of parent and teacher roles, and the goals for student learning. Findings indicate that: (1) accountability is viewed as a local issue; (2) discipline problems are not seen as a major concern; (3) other goals are ranked equally or at least as important as academic achievement; and (4) the role of central administration is to set broad policy guidelines and to provide schools with professional support services. Some characteristics of an effective school include a central focus on learning and a conducive school climate; a concern for the learning and welfare of all its students; a committed and professional staff; an organizational culture characterized by collaborative decision making and effective educational leadership; a curriculum that is relevant, coherent, and inclusive; a focus on ongoing professional development; and parent involvement. (LMI)
Australian Council for Education Research Ltd, Radform House, Frederick Street, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers: Australia
Note: For full report, see ED 361 829.