ERIC Number: ED444253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying and Explaining the Consequences for Schools of External Accountability Initiatives or "What in the World Did You Think I Was Doing before You Came Along?"
Leithwood, Kenneth; Steinbach, Rosanne; Jantzi, Doris
This study looks at the interview responses of teachers and administrators in five secondary schools in Ontario (Canada) to government-initiated accountability strategies. Several questions were posed: (1) What were the perceived effects of these strategies? (2) What motives did teachers and administrators ascribe to the government for introducing them to begin with? (3) How likely was it that teachers and administrators would consider such strategies a priority for implementation in their own setting? Results indicate that the majority of respondents attributed noneducational motives to the government, though a few teachers and almost half of the administrators saw motives they could support. Similar results were apparent concerning effects of the initiatives, effects considered to be mostly neutral or negative. These same data were also examined using a theory of motivation. Conditions shaping the motivation of respondents to make the best of the accountability initiatives in their schools were mostly negative. Results are summarized in Table 1 concerning context beliefs. (Contains 25 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada