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ERIC Number: ED439488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 234
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-335-20213-6
Schools Making a Difference: Let's Be Realistic! School Mix, School Effectiveness and the Social Limits of Reform.
Thrupp, Martin
Discussions over the last 2 decades about the possible reform of low socioeconomic schools and teaching practices originate in the effectiveness and improvement (E&I) fields of educational research, which proclaim that teachers and schools "can make a difference." But the message has been thoroughly overplayed. This work focuses on the effect of "school mix" (the social-class composition of a school's student intake) on school processes and student achievement. The view that school mix may have a significant influence on school processes challenges current thinking in the E&I fields. To examine school mix and its implications, the findings of an empirical study of students and schools are discussed using a variety of interviews, questionnaires, and classroom and school observations. Much of the so-called "school effect" found by school effectiveness studies may not reflect a school's effectiveness at all, but may be indirectly related to student-body characteristics vis-a-vis school processes that are influenced by school mix. (Contains notes, an index, and 16 pages of references.) (DFR)
Taylor and Francis Group, 7625 Empire Drive, Florence, KY 41042 (hardbound: ISBN-0-335-20213-6, $95; paperbound: ISBN-0-335-20212-8, $29.95). Tel: 800-634-7064 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-248-4724 (Toll Free); Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand (Wellington)