Improving Schools and Educational Systems: International Perspectives

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Alma Harris, Janet Hageman Chrispeels
Routledge, Apr 18, 2006 - Education - 336 pages
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School improvement has become a dominant feature of educational reform in many countries. The pressure upon schools to improve performance has resulted in a wide-range of improvement programmes and initiatives which can provide both inspiration and advice to everyone involved in school improvement.

This book draws together the most effective school improvement projects from around the world in one comprehensive text, including detailed comparative analysis of a wide variety of initiatives. Drawing on examples from the UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia this book gives both an international snapshot and a coherent synthesis of initiatives that have given achievable results.

 

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Contents

List of Figures and Tables
ABrief History ofSchool Improvement Researchin the
Phases 2 and 3
Some Preliminary Results
Some Reflections on School
Similarities and Differences
School Improvement in the Manitoba School Improvement
Insideout and Perspectives on San Diegos School Reform Outsidein
How
A New Direction for School Improvement?
The Challenge of Systemic Change in Complex Educational
Collaborative Enquiry
Future Directions fortheField
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Alma Harris is Professor of School Leadership and Director of the Leadership, Policy and Improvement Unit at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. She has published extensively on the theme of leadership and school improvement and her latest books include: Effective Leadership for School Improvement (2003) Routledge/Falmer; School Improvement: What's in it for Schools? (2002) Routledge/Falmer. Leading the Improving Department (2002) David Fulton. Her most recent research work has focused upon effective leadership in schools facing challenging circumstances and the relationship between teacher leadership and school improvement. She is currently working with the DfES, National College for School Leadership, General Teaching Council and NUT in a research and development capacity.

Linda Lambert is a Professor Emeritus and the founding Director of the Educational Leadership Center, California State University. She has been a teacher, leader, principal, district and county professional development director, coordinator of a Principals' Center and Leadership Academy, and designer of four major restructuring programs. From 1989 to 1993 she worked in Egypt to set up a National Curriculum Center, and in Thailand and Mexico in leadership development. She is the author of several books including: Developing Sustainable Leadership Capacity in Schools and District; Building Leadership Capacity in Schools; The Constructivist Leader 2E and Who Will Save Our Schools: Teachers as Constructivist Leaders.

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