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ERIC Number: EJ763532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
Contextual Factors and Effective School Improvement
Sun, Hechuan; Creemers, Bert P. M.; de Jong, Rob
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v18 n1 p93-122 Mar 2007
This research provides policy-makers, researchers, and educators at all levels with a glimpse of the contextual influence on effective school improvement (ESI) in 8 European countries. What are the factors at the contextual level, particularly at the national level, which influence ESI? Are there any similarities or differences between the influences they exert on ESI in different countries? Can common traits be identified? These are the core questions this paper tries to explore. It has drawn on insights from 5 areas of research: school effectiveness; school improvement; curriculum; public choice (marketization); organization, organizational learning, and learning organization. This yields a "goal-pressure-support" conceptual framework accompanied by 10 contextual factors and 48 indicators. Given the original conceptual framework and the empirical support of 31 case studies contributed by 8 European countries, the findings of this study may have significant implications for policy, practice, school effectiveness, and school improvement. (Contain 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Finland; Greece; Italy; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; United Kingdom