ERIC Number: ED392166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Locality Types and School Types: Towards Baselines for Improvement and Effectiveness in Secondary Schools.
Bramley, George; Fletcher, Colin
The Black Country is a region comprised of four local educational agencies (LEAs) in the West Midlands, England. School-league table data for the period 1992-94 were collated to form a data matrix. Using cluster analysis, 11 types of schools were identified. An analysis of electoral ward census data yielded six types of localities. Both typologies were combined to form the data matrix in order to determine the relationship between location and school characteristics. The matrix is a potential method for defining the effectiveness of school-improvement initiatives against their baseline data. The paper also discusses the potential implications for identifying process variables and appropriate school-performance indicators, as well as how to accomplish this by comparing within-cell and across-cell variations. The method may make possibile regional studies within and between European Union member states. Six figures and five tables are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Demography, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, Institutional Characteristics, Performance, Regional Characteristics, Rural Urban Differences, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education
Educational Research Unit, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WSI 3BD, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (1st, Bath, England, September 1-4, 1995). One page in the report contains very small print.