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

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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: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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. I The problem of school mix
1 Introduction: The social limits of reform 3
2 School effectiveness research and the enduring problem of school mix 13
3 Possible mechanisms and a research strategy 32
Pt. II The Wellington schools
4 Setting the scene 59
5 It's not what you know... 66
6 The negotiated curriculum 79
7 The art of the possible 103
Pt. III Theory, practice, policy and research
8 Understanding the impact of school mix 121
9 Social class segregation and the politics of polarization and blame 136
10 Improvement research: How realistic? 160
11 Conclusion: Let's be realistic! 182
Notes 197
References 203
Index 219
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