ERIC Number: ED461150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Inspecting Schools: Holding Schools to Account and Helping Schools To Improve.
Wilcox, Brian; Gray, John
During the first half of the 1990s, the British government turned inspection into an ambitious instrument of educational policy-making. What happens when schools are inspected is the subject of this book. Based on a 3-year study, it answers such questions as "What happens when the inspectors announce that they intend to call?,""How do inspectors set about their tasks?,""What problems do they encounter?,""How do schools and teachers react to inspectors?," and "What changes as a result of the inspection?" The text explores the aftermath of inspection and the ways in which schools do (or do not) take up the inspectors' challenges. It examines the kinds of recommendations schools find relatively easy to implement and the factors that seem to make a difference in implementation. The chapters focus on the origins and development of school inspection, the claims for inspection, the experience of inspection, methodological problems, the impact of inspection on schools' development, inspection and the case of the "failing" school, and the theoretical perspectives of inspection. Finally, the volume examines issues that schools can expect from future inspections. Three case studies are provided. (Includes a name index, a subject index, and around 150 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inspection, Institutional Autonomy, Observation
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)