ERIC Number: ED479945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Improving School Effectiveness. Fundamentals of Educational Planning.
This monograph reviews various strands of research on school effectiveness in developed and developing countries. It addresses a central theme of educational planning: how deliberate actions by policymakers, school administrators, teachers, and parents can help in the attainment of educational goals. Chapter 1, "Conceptualization: Perspectives on School Effectiveness," defines the concept of school effectiveness. The definitions implied in empirical school-effectiveness research are compared with economic and organizational definitions. Chapter 2, "Research: A Review of the Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries," reviews the various strands of educational-effectiveness research, with special attention to studies carried out in developing countries. Chapter 3, "Theory: School Effectiveness and Perspectives on Planning," relates the research evidence to more established social-scientific theory to discover the underlying mechanisms of what makes schooling effective. Chapter 4, "Application: Use of the School-Effectiveness Knowledge Base for Monitoring and Evaluation Procedures," examines the use of the identified effectiveness-enhancing factors as a model for school improvement. Implications for educational planners are summarized in a brief final chapter. The report concludes that research findings should be applied, in particular, to monitoring and evaluation practice. Also contains examples of national educational indicator systems and school self-evaluations, along with 140 references. (WFA)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, School Choice, School Effectiveness, School Organization
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, International Inst. for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France. Web site: http://www.unesco.org/iiep.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Note: Financial assistance provided by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA).