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ERIC Number: EJ1163804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Identifying and Investigating the "Best" Schools: A Network-Based Analysis
Joshi, Priyadarshani
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v48 n1 p110-127 2018
This paper aims to provide a fresh perspective on the predominantly negative discourse on schooling quality in low-income countries by focusing on the research questions: "How can one identify great schools and what makes them special?" Using a network-based perspective, I measure peer evaluations of quality in two districts in Nepal. Specifically, I ask principals to mention three schools they view as the "best" schools in their district and then map the interconnections between schools as a result of this response. I additionally analyse the differentiating characteristics of these schools and qualitatively investigate the most frequently cited "best" school in each district. Public school principals collectively chose a few schools as being among the "best"; these chosen schools had relatively higher enrollment and better student performance. The in-depth qualitative analysis highlights less quantifiable measures, such as motivated leaders who were able to help schools succeed despite difficult circumstances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nepal
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