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Schools Making a Difference : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP - Martin Thrupp

Schools Making a Difference

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP

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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 socio-economic 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.

List of figures and tablesp. vi
Preface and acknowledgementsp. vii
The problem of school mix
Introduction: The social limits of reformp. 3
School effectiveness research and the enduring problem of school mixp. 13
Possible mechanisms and a research strategyp. 32
The Wellington schools
Setting the scenep. 59
It's not what you know ...p. 66
The negotiated curriculump. 79
The art of the possiblep. 103
Theory, practice, policy and research
Understanding the impact of school mixp. 121
Social class segregation and the politics of polarization and blamep. 136
Improvement research: How realistic?p. 160
Conclusion: Let's be realistic!p. 182
Notesp. 197
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780335202126
ISBN-10: 0335202128
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.39