Methodological and scientific properties of school effectiveness research

Exploring the underpinnings, evolution, and future directions of the field

Authored by: Pam Sammons , Susila Davis , John Gray

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


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For the past 20 years the world has been beset by school reform. We have had open space classrooms, the public/private debate, charter schools and school charters, self management, early literacy and numeracy programs, curriculum reform to encourage pathways and a plethora of design programs under the guise of school improvement. Much of this has been driven by, or referenced to, the school effectiveness research.

(Townsend, 2007a: 933)

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