ERIC Number: ED394216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Benchmarking. A Guide for Educators.
This book offers strategies for enhancing a school's teaching and learning by using benchmarking, a team-research and data-driven process for increasing school effectiveness. Benchmarking enables professionals to study and know their systems and continually improve their practices. The book is designed to lead a team step by step through the benchmarking process, from deciding which benchmark to use to implementing the selected practice. Chapter 1 applies benchmarking strategies from industry to education. Chapter 2 presents a realistic picture of the resources, skills, and leadership necessary to successfully complete a benchmarking project. Chapter 3 describes the steps of deciding what to benchmark, selecting the team, and writing a team charter. Strategies for studying and documenting the benchmarking process in schools are described in chapter 4. Suggestions for identifying and establishing a benchmarking partner are offered in chapter 5. Chapters 6 and 7 describe developing a questionnaire and site-visit guidelines, analyzing the benchmarking project, making recommendations, and communicating them to the community. Guidelines for implementing recommendations and team-closure activities are offered in the last two chapters. One figure, 27 tables, and a glossary are included. (Contains 7 references and a list of 24 suggested readings.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Organizational Effectiveness, Performance, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Specifications, Standards
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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