ERIC Number: ED362948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Changing School Improvement Strategies for the 1990s.
Three factors in the 1990s will increase the importance of schools in the development of children. First, the character of schools will change as more students with special educational needs are integrated into mainstream classes. Second, efforts will be made to keep these students out of specialized teaching arrangements and in normal classrooms. Third, decision-making power will be decentralized down to the school level. The initial reaction to these changes is likely to be substantial variation in the quality between schools. In conjunction with these changes, increased pressure on schools to be more effective will challenge many assumptions of school-effectiveness research. A rapid development of school-effectiveness and school-improvement work is needed for the 1990s. Since school influence on children's development is likely to increase, it is vital that continuing doubts about education policy be removed. There must be a closer link between school-effectiveness researchers and different disciplines. Psychology, psychiatry, and disciplines of interpersonal relationships are the most important specialties that must be brought into school-effectiveness research. (Contains 43 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (4th, Norrkoping, Sweden, January 1993).