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ERIC Number: ED451590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 17
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Standards Driven Reform: Inspection as a Strategy for School Improvement.
Fitz, John; Lee, John
This paper examines the work of the education inspectorates in England and Wales. It specifically addresses the inspectorates' articulation in the Labour Party's general policy shift toward standards-driven reform. The text states that the school inspectorates have been cast as uniquely powerful regulatory agencies within the public sector and are involved in the fundamental reshaping of state education, particularly in the realm of increased centralization and privatization. It describes inspection as a mode of governance. Although initially created as a form of accountability, inspection serves the additional purpose of securing homogeneity in the curriculum, in pedagogy, and in assessment. The paper outlines the costs involved in inspection and discusses how inspection knowledge has enabled the targeting of resources. Further, in terms of school effectiveness, research suggests that external pressure is needed if schools are to change their organizational features and practices. However, there are questions about the extent to which these inspections are counter productive when one considers the stress that it places on individuals and organizations and how such inspections might limit innovation, constrain pedagogical strategies, and affect schools adversely where professional autonomy is a part of the school-improvement strategy. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)