School Effectiveness for Whom? Challenges to the School Effectiveness and School Improvement Movements


This book maintains that while purporting to be inclusive and comprehensive, school effectiveness research is riddled with errors and often excludes, among others, children with special needs, black boys, clever girls. Effectiveness schemes can be bureaucratic and disempowering. This collection of essays -- written by eminent academics and practitioners -- mounts a challenge to the overbearing qualifies of the school effectiveness and school improvement movements. Particular criticism is leveled at the dissociation of what goes on in schools from the world at large. School effectiveness thus seems to avoid, or not succeed in, preparing children for citizenship, for parenthood and for work.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Roger Slee
  • Gaby Weiner
  • David Hamilton
  • Joe Rea
  • Margaret Brown
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998


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