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ERIC Number: ED425495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 26
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Internal Use of External Control and Support for Quality Improvement: The Response to a National Policy by Primary Schools.
Kelchtermans, Geert; Vandenberghe, Roland
In 1991, the Flemish Ministry of Education enacted a radical reorganization and rethinking of the education inspectorate in Flanders. Presenting an overview of this change, this paper reports on research that evaluated the effects of the 1991 decree regarding inspection funding. It focuses on the ways schools reacted to and made use of facilities concerning quality control and support. The central research interest addressed the way primary schools deal with external facilities for educational quality. The criteria for effect was whether, and to what degree, the schools' use of the external quality services effectively contributed to teachers' professional development and the effect on the schools' organizational development. Three principles characterized the methodology: the interactionist point of view, a contextualized stance, and the constructivist principle. A qualitative-interpretative approach and case studies were used for the study. The general conclusion was that the external quality services are not having an impact at the local school level, caused in part by the micropolitical processes in the schools, the problem of specific professional competence for counselors and principals, and the need for internal structures in the schools to support the incorporation of interventions by the external quality services. (Contains 38 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium