ERIC Number: EJ798237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
Thirty-Five Years of School Inspection: Raising Educational Standards for Children with Additional Needs?
British Journal of Special Education, v35 n2 p69-77 Jun 2008
In this invited article, Chris Marshall, teacher, educational psychologist, university lecturer, and a former book reviews editor for "BJSE" who has been a leading figure in Her Majesty's Inspectorate, examines the inspection of schools over a period reflecting the 35 years during which "BJSE" has been published. Chris Marshall provides here a history of school inspection as an activity and traces key changes in provision for pupils with special educational needs in England. He examines the purposes of inspection and explores the role that inspectors have played in monitoring the impact of profound changes in legislation and policy upon pupils with special educational needs. He asks searching questions about whether the inspection regime has fulfilled its purposes in respect of these pupils--especially in relation to the vexed question of raising standards. Chris Marshall then provides a critique of inspection methodology--and an overview of the changes that have been introduced in the inspection system as a result. He reviews the contributions that inspection has made to our understanding of how children with special educational needs learn, and looks to the future to consider how inspection could be made to contribute more effectively.
Descriptors: Inspection, Schools, Standards, Special Needs Students, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Change, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)