ERIC Number: ED364998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, School Effectiveness
Australian Council for Education Research Ltd, Radform House, Frederick Street, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Note: For full report, see ED 361 829.