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No Quick Fixes : Perspectives on Schools in Difficulty - Louise Stoll

No Quick Fixes

Perspectives on Schools in Difficulty

By: Louise Stoll (Editor), Kate Myers (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th November 1997
ISBN: 9780750706742
Number Of Pages: 254

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The challenge of school improvement for failing schools is a complex and frequently debated issue. While much has been said on this topic, little has been published that can actually help those in such schools or those working with them. By addressing the issue from a range of perspectives, this edited volume will fill the gap in the existing literature. It contains policy perspectives written by a key national policy maker, an academic, and a local policy maker. In addition, it surveys the perspectives of three different schools. Chapters written by prominent school effectiveness researchers show that while there are no quick fixes for schools in difficulty, the problem of failing schools will not simply go away without informed action.

"The central message of" No Quick Fixes: Perspectives on Schools in Difficulty is that improving schools in a high stakes accountability context is challenging work that often exacts a substantial professional and personal toll. All in all," No Quick Fixes is well worth the time. It offers lessons and insights that readers can apply to their own circumstances, whether they work in, support, study, or set policy thath affects schools." -Marcella R. Dianda, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2000

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Glossaryp. viii
No Quick Fixes: An Introductionp. 1
Policyp. 15
The Dark Side of the Moon: Imagining an End to Failure in Urban Educationp. 17
No Slow Fixes Either: How Failing Schools in England are Being Restored to Healthp. 34
LEAsp. 45
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Implications for School and LEA Development Following an Accelerated Inspection Programmep. 47
Rising From the Ashesp. 64
Schoolsp. 85
Highbury Grove--From Deconstruction to Reconstructionp. 86
Turning Around a Struggling School: A Case Studyp. 96
Failing the Failures: The Conflict Between Care and the Curriculump. 107
External Facilitatorsp. 117
'I Didn't Know He Was Ill': The Role and Value of the Critical Friendp. 118
'A Trouble-shooter Calls': The Role of the Independent Consultantp. 133
Conceptual Issuesp. 145
What's Wrong With Our Schools? Understanding 'Ineffective' and 'Failing' Schoolsp. 147
The Study and Remediation of Ineffective Schools: Some Further Reflectionsp. 163
Who's Failing?p. 175
The Cruising School: The Unidentified Ineffective Schoolp. 189
International Perspectivesp. 207
An Anatomy of Ineffectivenessp. 209
Combating Failure at School: An International Perspectivep. 222
Notes on Contributorsp. 242
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780750706742
ISBN-10: 0750706740
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 24th November 1997
Publisher: FALMER PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1