Search results for: School size
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The purpose of this case study was to investigate the impact of using an electronic assessment systems (EAS) beyond meeting minimal teacher education program compliance obligations. The findings reveal that many of the challenges the authors have encountered while implementing this yearly evaluation cycle fall into three categories: data, analysis, and ownership. Based on their experiences, the authors suggest a framework for the systematic, continuous review of assessment data, a Yearly Program Evaluation Cycle. They argue that having a systematic assessment model helps build agreement among faculty and administration regarding assessment planning, analyzing results, and, then later, implementing the changes based on this analysis.
Updated: May. 11, 2015
Change at Big School and Little School: Institutionalization and Contestation in Participatory Action Research
Participatory action research (PAR) assumes a dialectic model of change where the tension between institutionalization and contestation practices leads to change in schools. This view contradicts the three dominating views of institutionalization in the educational change literature. Findings of two studies in schools of different structural characteristics partially support the view of change held by PAR. However, these findings argue that size has an effect on how the tension among social practices plays out.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2009
The review explored 57 post-1990 empirical studies of school size effects on a variety of student and organizational outcomes. The weight of evidence provided by this research clearly favors smaller schools. Students who traditionally struggle at school and students from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds are the major benefactors of smaller schools. Furthermore, most contemporary studies have concluded that small schools are more efficient or cost-effective. Small secondary schools manage to graduate a significantly larger proportion of their students than do large secondary schools.
Updated: May. 20, 2009