ERIC Number: EJ918648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
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The Relationship between Departments as Professional Communities and Student Achievement in Secondary Schools
Lomos, Catalina; Hofman, Roelande H.; Bosker, Roel J.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v27 n4 p722-731 May 2011
Secondary school teaching is organized in departments and effective departments functioning as collaborative teams have been associated with effective schools. Therefore, this study investigates the relationship of mathematics departments perceived as professional communities and student achievement in Dutch secondary schools. Cluster analysis and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) were used on a sample of around 3000 students, 130 schools, and 130 teachers that participated in this study (TIMSS-2003 data). The significant effects found (effect size greater than 0.20) show that those departments that focus on reflective dialogue, collaborative activity, shared vision and student achievement are associated with successful schools and higher student achievement.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Academic Achievement, Multivariate Analysis, Teacher Collaboration, Teamwork, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, School Effectiveness, Communities of Practice, Departments, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study