Organizational Effectiveness and Improvement in Education

Organizational Effectiveness and Improvement in Education

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This book focuses upon the relationship between effectiveness and improvement in schools and colleges. The main theories and research findings concerning organizational effectiveness and improvement are brought together within this single volume. The book aims to provide an understanding of the way in which organizational effectiveness is conceptualized, measured and realized in practice. It also explores the ways in which change associated with organizational improvement is effectively managed. The emphasis throughout the book is upon making theory accessible and of practical use to those concerned with organizational effectiveness and improvement. It will assist practitioners and managers to understand how improvement can be initiated, managed and sustained at all levels within the organization.

This volume forms part of the Leadership and Management in Education series. This four book series provides a carefully chosen selection of high quality readings on key contemporary themes in educational management: professional development, reflection on practice, leadership, team working, effectiveness and improvement, quality, strategy and resources. The series will be an important resource for classroom teachers and lecturers as well as those holding designated management posts in schools and colleges and will provide a valuable basis for professional development programmes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 15mm | 476.27g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0335198430
  • 9780335198436
  • 1,912,368

Table of contents

organizational effectiveness and improvement in education
Part one

The organization as an open system
Power, authority and influence
Cultural change
an integration of three different views
Cultural norms and individual action
Organizational structure and organizational effectiveness
Collegial models
Models of co-ordination in educational organizations
Towards a cultural and political perspective
Organizational effectiveness

Part two

Towards a theory of educational effectiveness
School effectiveness and school improvement in the United Kingdom
School effectiveness research
the policy makers' tool for school improvement?
A study of 'effective' departments in secondary schools
Quality management in education
Current developments in value added
Measuring added value in schools
Value-added principles, practice and ethical considerations

Part three

Planning, doing and coping with change
Perspectives on educational change
Organizations or communities?
changing the metaphor changes the theory
School culture, school effectiveness and school improvement
Linking school effectiveness knowledge and school improvement practice
School improvements
propositions for action
Fair Furlong primary school
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"...the book is exactly what it claims to be, a well chosen (and superbly edited) collection of readings about school effectiveness and school improvement." - TES "...a valuable resource for hard-pressed teachers working for higher degrees whomay not have the time and / or opportunity to undertake an extensive literature search." - Educational Research
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About Nigel Bennett

Alma Harris is Lecturer in Education in the Centre for the Study of Teacher Development and School Improvement at Nottingham University. Her most recent research and writing has focussed upon school effectiveness and school improvement. She is a Research Associate of the International Centre for School Improvement at the Institute of Education, London.

Nigel Bennett is a lecturer in the Centre for Educational Policy and Management in the Open University School of Education. He is the author of Managing Professional Teachers: Middle Management in Primary and Secondary Schools, (published by Paul Chapman 1995) and is currently researching the cultures and subcultures of very effective schools.

Margaret Preedy is a lecturer in the Centre for Educational Policy and Management, School of Education, The Open University.
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