ERIC Number: EJ845304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
OFSTED and Libraries in First and Primary Schools: Some Observations on Expectations
Shenton, Andrew K.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v39 n2 p99-111 2007
Little research has investigated the treatment of school libraries in OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) reports. This paper is devoted to a recent study that has examined the conclusions reached by inspectors visiting first and primary schools in a metropolitan borough in northern England. Forty-four reports relating to schools of these types were subjected to rigorous content analysis. Libraries were not given great prominence in the reports. Indeed, in 41 percent of them the school library was not referred to at all. Where the library was mentioned, inspectors typically emphasized the need for the organization to make a significant contribution to pupils' wider educational achievement. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: School Libraries, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis, Research Design, Research Reports, Library Research, Observation, Expectation, Inspection, Quality Control, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)