ERIC Number: EJ724449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Internal Review and Self-Evaluation--The Chosen Route to School Improvement in Ireland?
McNamara, Gerry; O'Hara, Joe
Studies in Educational Evaluation, v31 n4 p267-282 2005
In recent years there has been an intense debate in many countries concerning the best approach to improving schools. The various methods being tried might be reasonably seen as constituting a continuum ranging from strict external control and inspection at one end, to self-evaluation and internal regulation at the other. In practice, most education systems appear to be moving towards a combination of these methods, involving a degree of external monitors of internal self-evaluation mechanisms. This article analyses the gradual emergence in the Irish education system of such an accommodation. It charts the increased emphasis being placed upon school self-evaluation and argues that it does constitute the best way forward. However, it also highlights a major lacuna at the heart of the emerging system, namely the lack of firm data on which schools can really base effective improvement strategies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Evaluation Methods, Self Evaluation (Groups), Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland