How to Get Your School Moving and Improving

How to Get Your School Moving and Improving

by Steve Dinham


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864319319
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Research
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Pages: 141
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Preface xi

1 What we do know about student achievement? 1

Introduction 1

Schools do make a difference 1

The teacher is the major in-school influence on student achievement 5

How teacher expertise develops 7

What works in teaching? 10

Leadership also matters 15

How people learn 16

2 Quality teaching in action 20

Introduction 20

Background to the NSW HSC study 20

NSW HSC study 21

Factors contributing to senior secondary teaching success 25

Conclusion to discussion of the senior secondary successful teaching study 34

3 What effective school leaders do to promote teaching and learning 37

Introduction 37

Background to the AESOP study 38

How the case study sites were selected 38

How AESOP data were obtained arid analysed 39

How does leadership contribute to outstanding educational outcomes in junior secondary schooling? 42

Conclusion to how school leaders promote teaching and learning 58

4 Responsive and demanding teaching and leadership 61

Introduction 61

Parenting styles 62

Teaching and parenting styles 64

Applying the typology to educational leadership 67

Conclusion to discussion of educational leadership styles 72

Education from the early 1960s to today: Where we went wrong 73

5 Teacher and school executive satisfaction, motivation and stress 80

Introduction 80

Context of teacher satisfaction 80

The Teacher 2000 Project 82

Implications of the teacher satisfaction research 90

Strategies to enhance teacher satisfaction 92

6 The importance of-professional learning: Building a learning community 101

Introduction 101

Traditional and emerging approaches to teacher professional learning101

Background: The individual teacher, school effectiveness and learning communities 103

Case studies of learning communities in practice 105

Drawing from the case studies: How does a learning community develop and sustain itself? 111

Implications and conclusions 113

7 Making change-happen and keeping it going 119

Introduction 119

The nature of change 119

Grouptmnk and Balkanisation 121

Overcoming resistance to change 124

Importance of school culture 129

Managing conflict and change 133

8 Looking back and moving forward 138

Putting it all together: How educational leaders get schools moving and improving 139

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