Schools Making a Difference--Let's Be Realistic!: School Mix, School Effectiveness and the Social Limits of Reform / Edition 1

Schools Making a Difference--Let's Be Realistic!: School Mix, School Effectiveness and the Social Limits of Reform / Edition 1

by Martin Thrupp
     
 

Does an effective school really come about through the actions of teachers and school leaders, or does it also require an advantaged student intake? This question reflects a longstanding research debate about whether or not the social class mix of a school's student intake has much effect on individual achievement. Schools Making a Difference: Let's Be Realistic!… See more details below

Overview

Does an effective school really come about through the actions of teachers and school leaders, or does it also require an advantaged student intake? This question reflects a longstanding research debate about whether or not the social class mix of a school's student intake has much effect on individual achievement. Schools Making a Difference: Let's Be Realistic! presents new evidence which suggests that school mix is likely to be important because of the way many school processes are deeply influenced by student intake characteristics. Low socioeconomic schools face numerous intake-related constraints which make them highly resistant to improvement efforts. By suggesting that 'failing' schools are often overwhelmed rather than ineffective, this book provides a sympathetic reappraisal of the performance of teachers and school leaders in such schools. It also offers a critical response to the often unrealistic claims of the school effectiveness and school improvement movement and a fresh critique of market reforms in education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335202126
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface and acknowledgements
Pt. IThe problem of school mix
1Introduction: The social limits of reform3
2School effectiveness research and the enduring problem of school mix13
3Possible mechanisms and a research strategy32
Pt. IIThe Wellington schools
4Setting the scene59
5It's not what you know...66
6The negotiated curriculum79
7The art of the possible103
Pt. IIITheory, practice, policy and research
8Understanding the impact of school mix121
9Social class segregation and the politics of polarization and blame136
10Improvement research: How realistic?160
11Conclusion: Let's be realistic!182
Notes197
References203
Index219

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