ERIC Number: ED435809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Improving College Effectiveness: Raising Quality and Achievement.
Somekh, Bridget; Convery, Andy; Delaney, Jean; Fisher, Roy; Gray, John; Gunn, Stan; Henworth, Andrew; Powell, Loraine
FEDA Report, v2 n12 1999
Work undertaken to improve the effectiveness of the United Kingdom's schools and further education (FE) sectors was identified and assessed in a study entailing four data collection methods: literature review; questionnaire administered to all FE college principals in England and Wales; expert seminar and face-to-face interviews with high-level representatives of all major agencies responsible for the schools, higher education (HE), and FE sectors; and focus group and telephone interviews with quality managers in a sample of colleges. Although the questionnaire elicited a response rate of only 18%, the respondents were representative of the FE sector as a whole. Among the main obstacles to improving sector effectiveness identified by the principals were the following: lack of finance and funding; lack of management systems and training for middle managers; and need for lecturing staff to adopt new teaching methods. Confusion over the terms "effectiveness" and "improvement" was discovered. It was concluded that systematic quantitative and qualitative research based on a theoretical framework clarifying its relationship to Further Education Funding Council policy and practice is critical to future work to improve the schools, FE, and HE sectors. (Appended are the following: research methodology, bibliography that contains 125 references, and information about the study's authors.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Research Needs, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, United Kingdom (12 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom