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Baxter, Jacqueline, Ed. – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
This book examines the role of the inspector within the context of a number of OECD member states and explores the ways in which the inspectors themselves interpret, implement and influence inspection practices and policy. Inspection policy can have various unintended consequences, some of which produce radical discrepancies between the policy…
Descriptors: Inspection, Evaluators, Program Implementation, Educational Policy
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Dedering, Kathrin; Sowada, Moritz G. – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
In many of Germany's states the procedures for school inspections were amended following completion of a first evaluation cycle. This chapter examines the way changes carried out in the course of reform were configured with respect to content and process. It is based on the assumption that school inspections represent an institution whose…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Evaluators, Educational Change
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Baxter, Jacqueline; Hult, Agneta – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
School inspection has formed part of both English and Swedish approaches to governing education for some time now. But latterly due to the neo liberal drive for educational excellence, both countries have remodelled their inspector workforce. Using Jacobsson's theory of governance as a regulative, meditative and inquisitive activity, this chapter…
Descriptors: Inspection, Institutional Evaluation, Neoliberalism, Accountability
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Dobbelaer, M. J.; Godfrey, D.; Franssen, H. M. B. – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
Due to national and international policy drivers The Dutch Inspectorate of Education is reforming its supervision with a mission to promote school improvement in all Dutch schools. One of the chosen mechanisms to achieve this is the provision of feedback by inspectors to school leaders, special educational needs coordinators, and teachers…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Inspection, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Improvement
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Baxter, Jacqueline – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
As Chap. 1 explained, the factors at play in the implementation of public policy are not limited to the complex, confounding and often competing values that jostle with one another when education policy is formulated, but may also variously come to light depending upon the lens through which the process is viewed. In this the final chapter I move…
Descriptors: Inspection, Evaluators, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Baxter, Jacqueline – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
This chapter introduces the idea of school inspectors as implementers of public policy, framing their role within the context of policy implementation and the governance of education. Using a framework for policy implementation developed by Weible and Sabatier (Handbook of public policy analysis. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 123-136, 2006), it…
Descriptors: Inspection, Educational Policy, Program Implementation, Public Policy
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Moreton, Henry J.; Boylan, Mark; Simkins, Tim – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
The relationship between headteachers and inspection is complex, particularly when in service head teachers are employed as inspectors. This study takes the English case of inspection to examine how headteachers interpret their work and agency as inspectors. Employing ideas on 'boundary crossing' it is informed by, and contributes to, the…
Descriptors: Principals, Evaluators, Inspection, Foreign Countries
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Lindgren, Joakim; Rönnberg, Linda – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
This chapter focuses on the governing work of Swedish school inspectors with regards to the role and function of knowledge. As professionals, inspectors are situated as relays and brokers of policy standing in contact with both the political arena and practice arenas. School inspectors use and produce knowledge and they rely on, search for,…
Descriptors: Inspection, Evaluators, Governance, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Martin; McNamara, Gerry; O'Hara, Joe; O'Brien, Shivaun – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
The relationship between school inspection and school self-evaluation in Ireland has shifted from a largely theoretical one to that of a regulatory requirement where schools are mandated to engage with an externally devised process of self-evaluation. The conduct of self-evaluation in schools is quality assured by the inspectorate. It is not clear…
Descriptors: Inspection, Self Evaluation (Groups), Accountability, Correlation
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Baxter, Jacqueline – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
International research has shown that school inspection and the media are both powerful influences on education policy. Since 2010 the government has sought to implement radical changes to the English education system, creating a new system of autonomous schools that support one another through formal or informal partnerships. These changes have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Institutional Evaluation, Public Opinion
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Hult, Agneta; Segerholm, Christina – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
A cadre of school inspectors with different backgrounds visit thousands of schools annually in Sweden as is also the case in several other European and other nations. Do these inspectors believe that they 'make a difference'? In this chapter we elaborate on inspection effects as they are perceived by Swedish inspectors and inspection managers at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accountability, Educational Policy, Inspection
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Altrichter, Herbert – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
During recent decades many school systems in Europe have undergone extensive changes in their governance structures. The guiding image of this 'modernisation' was an idea of evidence-based governance of schooling: 'New school inspections' have been a recurrent feature of such modernised governance systems in most countries. In this chapter the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, School Administration, Governance
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Penninckx, Maarten; Vanhoof, Jan – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2017
Apart from research investigating what works in the field of school inspections, research is also required into what aims inspections should pursue. These 'desirable aims' should be defined by the shared expectations of various stakeholders in the field of education, including inspectors as well as policy-makers and other professionals with a role…
Descriptors: Inspection, Objectives, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Ehren, Melanie C. M., Ed. – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2016
This book provides an overview and discussion of the evidence base of effective school inspections; reflecting on issues of validity and reliability of school inspections in relation to school effectiveness research, unintended consequences and emergent roles and responsibilities of Inspectorates of Education. Chapters include findings from…
Descriptors: Inspection, Institutional Evaluation, Schools, Validity
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Ehren, Melanie C. M.; Pietsch, Marcus – Accountability and Educational Improvement, 2016
This chapter explores the issues of reliability and validity of inspection frameworks and methods, and challenges and tensions in inspection frameworks and methods. Validity is an important aspect of thinking about effective inspection system as invalid inspection systems may lead to flawed judgments which will misguide administrative…
Descriptors: Inspection, Models, Validity, Reliability
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