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ERIC Number: ED421493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Conditions and Caveats of Self-Evaluation. The Case of Secondary Schools.
Devos, Geert
In Belgium, as in many countries, there is an increasing emphasis on school self-management, accompanied by school self-evaluation. A study was conducted to analyze the interpretations of school members involved in a self-evaluation process. The tool was a structured questionnaire of 13 Likert-type scales. As a first test stage, the questionnaire was used in 40 Flemish secondary schools. Three of these schools were of particular interest because they had previously participated in studies of their policy-making capacity. These schools used the questionnaire as a self-evaluation tool. They were asked to analyze the data, including the overall results from the 40 schools, and to provide recommendations with a team of at least 5 members, including the principals, teachers, and other administrators. A brief review is presented for the findings from each school. Results of these studies call for caution in the use of self-evaluation. When the evaluation process is not supported by external help to collect, analyze, and judge the information collected, the school's situation can be misinterpreted. Even the student-oriented school in this study, with an open climate and a high openness of debate, was not able to analyze the data in an acceptable critical way. School-based evaluation without external support is a risky enterprise. (Contains 1 figure and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium