Schools Must Speak for Themselves

The Case for School Self-Evaluation
Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134626258
Category: Education
Page: 176
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This best-selling book illustrates how schools can tell their own story. It draws on ground-breaking work with the National Union of Teachers to demonstrate a practical approach to identifying what makes a good school and the part that pupils, parents and teachers can play in school improvement. Its usefulness for and use by, classroom teachers to evaluate their practice will prove to be its greatest strength in an ever expanding effectiveness literature.

Self-Evaluation in European Schools

A Story of Change
Author: Lars Jakobsen,John MacBeath,Denis Meuret,Michael Schratz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134582366
Category: Education
Page: 214
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In a political and economic climate in which school performance is made public, performance tables and inspectors' reports can only tell a partial story. This is a unique book. It tells the story of one school seen through the eyes of a pupil, a parent, a teacher, a headteacher and a critical friend. The story is a compelling journey through the process of school improvement; theories of school effectiveness and school improvement are progressively clarified. This book is based on a well-known and well-documented research project that represents eighteen European countries, which clearly sets it in a European Policy context. It includes a wealth of practical tools for raising standards for teachers and school managers to refer to, and guidance on how to use them. This eagerly awaited follow-up to Schools Must Speak for Themselves by John MacBeath (RoutledgeFalmer 1999) is a vital and useful source of good ideas, challenging insights and practical strategies for real schools.

Effective School Leadership

Responding to Change
Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781853963957
Category: Education
Page: 176
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Effective School Leadership raises many questions about effective leadership and how it is seen from different viewpoints. The issues are placed in political context and in relation to a changing world scene.

School Accountability


Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Children, Schools and Families Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215543073
Category: School management and organization
Page: 219
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Incorporating HC 353-i to -vi, session 2008-09

School Inspection & Self-Evaluation

Working with the New Relationship
Author: John Macbeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134148232
Category: Education
Page: 224
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Written for heads and teachers, this forward-thinking book examines exactly what the relationship between inspection and self-evaluation means for schools and explores some of the underpinning issues, featuring examples of best practice from successful schools. It is full of useful advice on topics such as how schools can juggle ongoing self-evaluation with OFSTED’s expectations, how to use web sources to best advantage and what can be learnt from experience to lessen the anxiety in the relationship and make it more of a friendly and formative experience for all parties. Drawing on case studies from primary, secondary and special schools, this all-round overview should be of immediate interest to practitioners while also offering students and aspiring heads and teachers a valuable source of detailed information about the processes of inspection and self-assessment.

Leading the Curriculum in the Primary School


Author: Neil Burton,Mark Brundrett
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446231135
Category: Education
Page: 216
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'The book is a good introduction to anyone taking on middle leadership in the primary sector, and will be useful to heads and deputies who are considering how to organise their schools in the face continuing change and increasing accountability' - Times Educational Supplement In recent years, there has been an acknowledgement of the need for teachers to develop management and leadership skills in addition to specialized subject knowledge, to achieve a state where they possess transferable skills that can be employed in co-ordinating any area of the primary curriculum. This book will provide trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers with the management and leadership techniques that they will need in order to develop, with appropriate experience and opportunities, into subject leaders or effective members of a senior management team. The emphasis in this book is on the practical techniques and strategies of curriculum leadership. At all levels of experience, from establishing a direction through working with resources to leading and motivating colleagues, this book deals with the theoretical, practical and technological issues facing teachers as they create and manage curricula. This book is an invaluable resource for trainees and teachers at every level as they confront the rapidly shifting demands of their profession.

Teachers Under Pressure


Author: Maurice Galton,John MacBeath
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1849208417
Category: Education
Page: 136
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`This is a well written and thoroughly researched book on an issue of vital importance. It places the experiences of individual teachers under pressure into the larger UK and worldwide context. Policy makers need to wake up to its messages' - Sara Bubb, Institute of Education, University of London What is it really like to be a teacher in today's demanding classrooms? Maurice Galton and John MacBeath spoke to teachers, parents and students in England, and compared their responses to similar inquiries in Asia, America, Australia and New Zealand. Their findings were disturbing. Teacher stress and workload were persistent themes in the four studies, with teachers frequently stretched to breaking point as they endeavour to 'make a difference' to their pupils' learning and welfare. Issues examined in the book include: - frustrations facing those trying to make inclusive education work in practice - effects of constantly changing policies on the staff required to implement them - loss of status within the teaching profession - reasons for teachers choosing to leave the profession - the consequences of staying on and fighting for what one believes in This fascinating read will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching, school leadership and educational policy.

Learning In and Out of School

The selected works of John MacBeath
Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113657848X
Category: Education
Page: 208
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In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. John MacBeath has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key enduring issues in education. He has been involved in advising on policy both nationally and internationally, and has contributed books and articles across topics as diverse as the curriculum, the nature of schooling, homework, self evaluation, and leadership. In this book, John MacBeath brings together eight of his most influential writings including chapters from his best-selling books, articles from leading journals, and excerpts from his contributions to the press. Also included are examples of press responses to research reports and to controversial issues. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of John's career and contextualises his selection, the chapters cover topics such as: Developing Skills for life after school The Talent Enigma Schools on the Edge: responding to challenging circumstances Leadership as a Subversive Activity Do Schools have a Future? Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that John MacBeath has researched and written about over the last three decades and see his important contribution to the field of education.

Feedback For Learning


Author: Susan Askew
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134558074
Category: Education
Page: 192
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Teachers may be surrounded by feedback and involved in it every day, but the notion is poorly analysed and poorly used. Feedback for Learning provides an important collection of contributions to the highly topical theme of feedback to support learning. The book spans three major areas which affect all teachers: *young people's learning *teachers' learning *organisational learning. The authors critically examine the assumption that feedback necessarily has positive learning outcomes and describe models and practices which are more likely to result in effective learning at the individual, group and organisational level.

Learning to Lead Together

The Promise and Challenge of Sharing Leadership
Author: Janet H. Chrispeels
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761928863
Category: Education
Page: 389
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Through real-life single and multiple case studies, Learning to Lead Together addresses how principals and their staffs struggle with the challenge of shared leadership, how they encourage teacher growth and development, and how shared leadership can lead to higher levels of student learning. The cases show how shared leadership, a powerful adaptive change, is socially constructed across contexts and evolves as teachers and principals learn how to work together. The book also illustrates how principal preparation and professional development programs that utilize problem-based learning and provide opportunities for genuine collaboration with colleagues can provide school leaders with the skills they need to share leadership and accountability effectively.

How Successful Schools Work

The Impact of Innovative School Leadership
Author: Rona Tutt,Paul Williams
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473903254
Category: Education
Page: 120
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Inside this book are case studies of cutting edge best practice from inspirational heads and school leaders doing excellent work in schools. They all illustrate how the role, and style, of school leadership is changing. By looking at what attracts teachers to leadership roles, and how they use their power, this book examines innovative leadership in action. The authors look at the characteristics of innovative school leaders, and reflect on how these people work. An appetite for challenge, a desire for a sense of well-being for all those involved in the school and its development and an ability to flex their style of leadership all emerge as core factors in their success. Topics covered include: - the changing role of school leaders - leading inclusive environments - the power of innovative leadership - identifying the challenges ahead The perfect read for anyone wanting to make a difference to their school or setting, this book will show you how it is done. Rona Tutt is Past President of the National Association of Headteachers, now working as an Educational Consultant. Paul Williams is a very experienced Head Teacher, based in London, who has held a number of leadership roles.

Education and Schooling

Myth, heresy and misconception
Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135039062
Category: Education
Page: 224
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The French have a saying ‘plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose’. The English colloquial equivalent ‘same old same old’ conveys a sense of the inevitable, a reminder that if we haven’t learned the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them. In over half a century, what have we learned about education, about schools as places for education, about learning and teaching and the relationship between them? What have we learned about policy making and the policy process? Has the growing impact of globalisation informed or constrained radical change? Written in an easily accessible style, and drawing on the author’s personal experiences of working in education as teacher, researcher, government adviser and consultant with international agencies, each chapter of the book illuminates deeper lying issues about the nature of schooling, learning, leadership, research, and the impact of globalisation on the lives of schools, teachers, children and families. This first-hand account, spanning fifty years, addresses key questions through seven different lenses: - policy making: ideology, insiders, outsiders and dissenting voices - research and the myths of scientific rigour - international agencies and agents provocateurs - academics conferring and the power of place - New enlightenment and a university for children - being and becoming a teacher, and the end of idealism - going to school: plus ca change? Each of the seven lenses offers a unique perspective of the education system, but all are drawn together to consider the greater implications for policy and practice in the UK and beyond. The book will be of value to teachers and school leaders, as well as to academics and students on education programmes.

Schools on the Edge

Responding to Challenging Circumstances
Author: John MacBeath,John M Gray,Jane Cullen,David Frost,Susan Steward,Sue Swaffield
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144624492X
Category: Education
Page: 168
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'An ideal text for challenging the thinking of those studying for NPQH... The conclusion by the authors suggests nine major points to consider if improvement for schools in extremely challenging circumstances is to happen and be sustained. These 'nine lesson for policy makers' are very frank and pertinent points, let's hope at least some of our policy makers read them!' - ESCalate 'Rarely does a book on education reform capture both the big and the small picture with such brilliant clarity. MacBeath and his colleagues furnish a 'no holds barred' account of the ins and outs of understanding and assessing the impact of schools struggling for success. A fascinating read' - Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto Schools serving young people on the margins of society face a major challenge in trying to create an environment where students can succeed. The book examines key issues in the field of school improvement. More specifically, it draws on evidence from the SFECC (Schools Facing Exceptionally Challenging Circumstances) project to explore: o the policy context of schools on the edge o the nature of extreme challenges o the way schools have responded to extreme challenge o what seems to be effective in helping such schools to meet the challenge o obstacles to success and the facilities and resources that can make a difference o strategies to meet the needs of the local community and facilitate lasting change. Each of the authors has wide experience of school effectiveness and improvement, and of working with schools in disadvantaged communities in Britain, the USA and many other parts of the world. School leaders, local authorities, practitioners and all those involved in any aspect of school leadership and school improvement will find this book highly pertinent.

Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves


Author: Elyse Mach
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486173542
Category: Music
Page: 480
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Revealing interviews with Arrau, Brendel, de Larrocha, Gilels, Horowitz, Tureck, Watts, 18 other artists. Intimate look at the concert scene and the life of a concert pianist. Introduction by Sir George Solti. Includes 51 photographs.

Integrated Lifecycle Services for Persons with Disabilities

A Theoretical and Empirical Perspective
Author: David L. Lovett,Kathryn A. Haring
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461228867
Category: Psychology
Page: 383
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The field of education is under pressure, both external and internal, to improve the services provided to all students. In American society, and elsewhere, there is a concern that current educational practices fail to adequately prepare many students to be productive citizens. There has been a call for educational services that are more responsive to the needs of students, that use effective educational practices, that involve parents and the local community, and that adequately prepare teachers to assume more professional roles. Over the last several decades special educators have addressed these and other critical issues as they relate to students with disabilities. The knowledge gained from these endeavors can be useful in the reshaping of schools for all students, those with disabilities and those without. Indeed, this information may be useful for services beyond school whether for young children or adults. This volume has been written to address how people with disabilities can be effectively served in settings with their nondisabled peers. Because many of the students who are not well served by current educational practices have similar needs as students with disabilities, it is anticipated that some of this information may be useful in the discussion regarding the reshaping of educational systems. It is also anticipated that the mate rial presented will help in the design of more effective coordinated sys tems that serve people with disabilities throughout their lives.

Improving Learning How to Learn

Classrooms, Schools and Networks
Author: Mary James,Robert McCormick,Paul Black,Patrick Carmichael,Mary-Jane Drummond,Alison Fox,John MacBeath,Bethan Marshall,David Pedder,Richard Procter,Sue Swaffield,Joanna Swann,Dylan Wiliam
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134138431
Category: Education
Page: 264
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Learning how to learn is an essential preparation for lifelong learning. Whilst this is widely acknowledged by teachers, they have lacked a rich professional knowledge base from which they can teach their pupils how to learn. This book makes a major contribution to the creation of such a professional knowledge base for teachers by building on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’ which has a strong evidence base, and is now being promoted nationally and internationally. However, it adds an important new dimension by reporting the conditions within schools, and across networks of schools, that are conducive to the promotion, in classrooms, of learning how to learn as an extension of assessment for learning. There is a companion book, Learning How to Learn in Classrooms: Tools for schools (also available from Routledge), which provides practical resources for those teachers looking to put into practice the principles covered in this book.

Leadership for Change and School Reform

International Perspectives
Author: Kathryn Riley,Karen Seashore Louis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134586701
Category: Education
Page: 240
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School reform is a top priority for governments today. This timely and challenging book, edited by leading international researchers, Kathryn Riley and Karen Seashore Louis, offers a rich comparative perspective on leadership for change and school reform. Contributors form North America, Europe and Australia demonstrate how school leadership is influenced by global pressures, differing national and state contexts and local concerns. They illustrate the limitations of reform initiatives which focus on school leaders tot he exclusion of the many other organisations which affect school, such as national and local governments, professional associations and school communities. This book raises some important questions such as: *How can school leaders create intelligent, thinking schools? *How can leadership and learning be linked together? *What are the characteristics of effective local education authorities and school districts? *What is the role of teacher organisations in educational reform and change? *What happens if businesses, teachers, parents and local communities have different views of what makes a good school? The text illustrates the ways in which leadership is rooted in learning, and identifies new directions for school leadership. It challenges conventional notions of leadership, offering an expanded view, which sees leadership just as an individual role-based function, but as a network of relationships among people, structures and cultures. This lively and provocative book should be read by all those interested in education reform.

Breaking Through

Catholic Women Speak for Themselves
Author: Helen Alvare
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN: 1612782817
Category: Religion
Page: 176
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Catholic women are some of the most maligned, most caricatured, and most intriguing people in American society. America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying "yes" to the faith as a private source of comfort, but "no" to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings. Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the church itself -- questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today's toughest issues? A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say "no." But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith. Nine such Catholic women -- varying widely in age, occupation and experience -- share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories -- full of honesty, but ultimately hope -- shed new light and new clarity on women's continued attraction to the Catholic faith. Topics include: Navigating dating and sexpectations Feminism, freedom and contraception Children versus a "better me" Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal Faith, psychology and same-sex attraction

The Case for Contention

Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools
Author: Jonathan Zimmerman,Emily Robertson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022645634X
Category: Education
Page: 128
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From the fights about the teaching of evolution to the details of sex education, it may seem like American schools are hotbeds of controversy. But as Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson show in this insightful book, it is precisely because such topics are so inflammatory outside school walls that they are so commonly avoided within them. And this, they argue, is a tremendous disservice to our students. Armed with a detailed history of the development of American educational policy and norms and a clear philosophical analysis of the value of contention in public discourse, they show that one of the best things American schools should do is face controversial topics dead on, right in their classrooms. Zimmerman and Robertson highlight an aspect of American politics that we know all too well: We are terrible at having informed, reasonable debates. We opt instead to hurl insults and accusations at one another or, worse, sit in silence and privately ridicule the other side. Wouldn’t an educational system that focuses on how to have such debates in civil and mutually respectful ways improve our public culture and help us overcome the political impasses that plague us today? To realize such a system, the authors argue that we need to not only better prepare our educators for the teaching of hot-button issues, but also provide them the professional autonomy and legal protection to do so. And we need to know exactly what constitutes a controversy, which is itself a controversial issue. The existence of climate change, for instance, should not be subject to discussion in schools: scientists overwhelmingly agree that it exists. How we prioritize it against other needs, such as economic growth, however—that is worth a debate. With clarity and common-sense wisdom, Zimmerman and Robertson show that our squeamishness over controversy in the classroom has left our students woefully underserved as future citizens. But they also show that we can fix it: if we all just agree to disagree, in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

EVALUACIÓN DE CENTROS Y PROFESORES


Author: MARTÍN RODRÍGUEZ Eustaquio ,FERNÁNDEZ SIERRA Juan ,FERNÁNDEZ LARRAGUETA Susana
Publisher: Editorial UNED
ISBN: 8436268172
Category: Education
Page: 337
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Los centros escolares y el profesorado se constituyeron, desde mediados de los años setenta del siglo XX, en dos nuevos ámbitos de evaluación. En su emergencia tuvo una influencia decisiva el movimiento de la accountability, o rendición de cuentas, que en el contexto anglosajón propició la obligación de que las instituciones educativas informaran periódicamente a la comunidad de sus logros y resultados, haciendo realidad el “derecho a saber”. A su implantación y desarrollo contribuyeron en gran medida las políticas educativas que abordaron, en los años noventa, la reforma de los sistemas educativos de cara a afrontar la mejora de su calidad. En el contexto de estas nuevas exigencias y condiciones, no cabe duda que la teoría y práctica de la evaluación institucional y de los docentes han ido adquiriendo un protagonismo estelar, como base sobre la que sustentar y legitimar las directrices de las políticas educativas que a nivel nacional se ponen en juego, para fundamentar las decisiones que necesitan tomarse en la conducción de los sistemas educativos, o para proveer a los centros y profesores de herramientas y datos que, además de facilitarles el conocimiento de sus quehaceres, les permitan profundizar en sus desarrollos institucional y profesional. A través de diez temas se hace un recorrido por los contenidos más relevantes del estado actual de estos dos ámbitos de evaluación. En una primera parte, temas 1 y 2, se analiza la conformación de este campo profesional de estudio e investigación y se clarifican sus bases teórico-conceptuales y los presupuestos de las distintas tradiciones científicas que fundamentan las diferentes propuestas y modelos de evaluación de centros y profesores. Las partes segunda y tercera están dedicadas monográficamente al estudio de cada uno de los ámbitos. Tanto en los centros, temas del 3 al 6, como en el profesorado, temas del 7 al 10, se empieza con la presentación de las orientaciones y perspectivas desde las que se pueden abordar la evaluación, y se finaliza con las características y experiencias de la evaluación institucional y del profesorado en el contexto universitario.