ERIC Number: EJ1023885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Real School Improvement: Is It in the Eye of the Beholder?
Evans, Margaret Jean; Cowell, Naina
Educational Psychology in Practice, v29 n3 p219-242 2013
The outcomes of a school improvement programme were measured in 26 primary schools over one year. Authorised pupil and staff absences and staff turnover decreased, and unauthorised pupil absences significantly increased ("p" < 0.05). Fixed-term exclusions significantly decreased ("p" < 0.001). The self-esteem of 316 pupils aged between 4 and 11 before and after programme implementation showed a significant increase ("p" < 0.001). Staff self-esteem also increased significantly ("p" < 0.05) and provided a significant indicator of programme sustainability ("p" < 0.05). Thematic analysis of data from staff interviews demonstrated that the effectiveness of school improvement programmes rested on staff participation in terms of capacity, perceptions of change and stability of the school before programme implementation. These elements were incorporated into a model of school improvement. Goal Attainment Scores were significantly correlated with fidelity of programme participation ("p" < 0.05). Feedback indicated that there was more to school improvement programmes than simply buying one "off the shelf."
Descriptors: Program Improvement, Elementary Schools, Teacher Persistence, Self Esteem, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Goal Orientation, Scores, Correlation, Fidelity, Attendance, School Effectiveness, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, School Districts, Comparative Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Goal Attainment Scale