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ERIC Number: EJ907895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
The Tribulations of Reusing and Repackaging Data: A Review of "How Has School Productivity Changed in Australia?"
Zyngier, David
Australian Educational Researcher, v36 n2 p73-92 Aug 2009
In their paper, "How has school productivity changed in Australia?" social economists Andrew Leigh and Chris Ryan (2008) attempt to show that Australian (government) schools and their teachers' productivity has declined by some 73 per cent between 1964 and 2003 compared to an overall increase of 64 per cent across the Australian economy. In response I contend that Leigh and Ryan use an inappropriate statistical device to "decompose" student demographics to arrive at conclusions that contradict the original positive assessment of student standards by independent authorities (Rothman, 2007). Their work, which for many years seemed to be the foundation stone for Howard government education policy has by their own admission (A. Leigh & C. Ryan, personal communication, February 14, 2008), never been put to the test of peer review prior to publication. This paper critically analyses and contests their research by placing their claims within a social policy context that has subtly changed from one where teachers can make a difference to teachers are the difference. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth