Educational effectiveness and improvement research and practice

The emergence of the discipline

Authored by: Christopher Chapman , David Reynolds , Daniel Muijs , Pam Sammons , Sam Stringfield , Charles Teddlie

The Routledge International Handbook of Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415534437
eBook ISBN: 9781315679488
Adobe ISBN: 9781317394327

10.4324/9781315679488.ch1

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Abstract

Educational effectiveness and improvement research and practice (EEI) has shown a rapid growth in the three decades since its emergence in the form of three distinctive disciplines in the 1970s. It is generally recognised as evidencing one of the most rapidly growing and successful generations of an intellectual, research-based field in the whole discipline of educational research over the time since the end of the Second World War – a fact acknowledged by critics and proponents alike. Early reviews of the literature across a range of nations were modest in scope, reflecting a ‘modest in scope’ discipline: Reynolds’ (1982) early review had only 100 references; in 2000, more than 1,200 publications formed the basis of the first International Handbook of School Effectiveness Research (Teddlie & Reynolds, 2000). This new International Handbook of Educational Effectiveness and Improvement shows an established field, with robust, valid, and reliable knowledge bases across multiple areas of the discipline.

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