ERIC Number: ED426460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Dimensions of Secondary School Effectiveness: Comparing the Findings from Four Academic Studies.
Thomas, Sally; Smees, Rebecca
Much research has been devoted to ways in which schools influence students. To study this influence, the identification and definition of dimensions of school effectiveness across a range of outcomes and different geographical and educational policy contexts is presented here. The paper describes the findings from a 3-year study funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council. The study aimed to extend current knowledge concerning the definition and measurement of secondary school effectiveness by contrasting the findings with new and extended analyses of several independent studies of school and departmental effectiveness. The text establishes the optimal multilevel model for measuring school effectiveness over a set period of time. It compares the optimal models across different geographical areas and educational systems in the United Kingdom (England and Scotland) and also abroad (The Netherlands). The study draws together the findings of these comparative analyses to build definitions of school effectiveness for the UK that encompass a range of different outcomes and also take into account different educational policy contexts. Finally, it addresses how the dimensions of school effectiveness may be operationalized and measured within a school evaluation framework in the UK. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)