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ERIC Number: ED479945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 141
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-803-1204-9
Improving School Effectiveness. Fundamentals of Educational Planning.
Scheerens, Jaap
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)
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, International Inst. for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France. Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: 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).