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Editors: John Chi-kin Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Michael Williams (University of Wales Swansea)
Book Description:
School improvement is at the centre of educational reform and is perceived by many as a key to social and economic advance. It contributes to determining the personal fulfilment and career paths of individual students and consequently engages the interest of parents and community members. It is an ever-present commitment of teachers and managers in schools. Policy makers and politicians at international, national and local levels devote much time and effort to their search for better schools.

School improvement has also attracted the attention of researchers and scholars in many countries. They have been drawn from various disciplines and fields within the educational studies community, including psychology, sociology, history, evaluation, and studies in curriculum and assessment. There is now an established body of findings from studies conducted in many contexts. This book brings together leading experts drawn from many countries and several continents, reflecting diverse approaches to educational policy and practice, evaluation and research. Variations between countries and between local communities within countries are highlighted. The possibilities and difficulties inherent in transferring evidence from one educational system, at a number of levels, to another are clearly discussed. What emerges from the cross-national and cross-cultural evidence are several significant threads, currently under active investigation, including: school structure and management, classroom organisation, school leadership, teacher training and staff development, curriculum and assessment, community involvement, lifelong learning and special provision for students with special educational needs.

"School Improvement: International Perspectives" is written for national educational policy makers, teachers and student teachers, governing bodies and parents from various levels of schooling, and university researchers and scholars.

Table of Contents:
Contents
Dedication
Introduction
Contributors

Part I - Key Issues

Chapter 1 - Introduction: The Need for School Improvement; pp. 3-19
(John Chi-Kin Lee and Michael Williams)

Chapter 2 - Leadership and Management in School Improvement;
pp. 21-34
(Ray Bolam)

Chapter 3 - School Culture and Professional Learning Community:
Some Implications for School Improvement; pp. 35-48
(Agnes McMahon)

Chapter 4 - Teachers, Teaching and Curriculum; pp. 49-63
(John Chi-Kin Lee, Michael Williams and Leslie Nai-Kwai Lo)

Chapter 5 - Schools as Learning Organizations; pp. 65-85
(Nicholas Sun-Keung Pang)

Chapter 6 - Assessment and School Improvement; pp. 87-99
(Philip Stimpson)

Chapter 7 - Inclusion as Exclusion: Knowledge and Its Production
in Special Education; pp. 101-113
(Peter Ribbins)

Chapter 8 - Resources Allocation and Utilization in School Improvement; pp. 115-130
(Yue-Ping Chung and Fan-Sing Hung)

Chapter 9 - Connecting Schools and their Communities:
The Necessity of Effective Collaboration; pp. 131-141
(Scott Willison and William Parrett)

Chapter 10 - School Improvement and Lifelong Learning; pp. 143-155
(Michael Williams)


Part II - National Studies And Country Reports

Chapter 11 - Hong Kong: Accelerated Schools for Quality Education Project- (ASQEP) Experiences; pp. 159-174
(John Chi-Kin Lee)

Chapter 12 - Issues in the Development of School-University Partnership; pp. 175-192
(Amy B. M. Tsui and Albert T. Y. Wong)

Chapter 13 - Comprehensive School Improvement in the Context of
Social Transformation in China: A Case of New Basic Education Project; pp. 193-201
(Ye Lan)

Chapter 14 - School Improvement in Taiwan: 1987-2003; pp. 203-214
(Jenq-Jye Hwang, Chia-Chen Yu and Chia-Yu Chang)

Chapter 15 - School Effectiveness and School Improvement in Singapore: An East Asian Perspective; pp. 215-228
(S. Gopinathan)

Chapter 16 - School Improvement in a Centralized Educational System: the Case of the Philippine Basic Educational System; pp. 229-246
(Allan Bernardo and John Garcia)

Chapter 17 - The United States: The Accelerated Schools Project;
pp. 247-258
(Christine Finnan)

Chapter 18 - Canadian Approaches to School Improvement and
Educational Change; pp. 259-282
(Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink)

Chapter 19 - School Improvement in Australia: Upping the
Ante Down Under; pp. 283-297
(Simon Clarke and Neil Dempster)

Chapter 20 - Coming of Age? Recent Developments in School
Improvement in England; pp. 299-314
(Louise Stoll and Alma Harris)

Chapter 21 - School Development What Works?; pp. 315-327
(Per Dalin)

Chapter 22 - School Development A Matter of Approaching the Available Scope for Action; pp. 329-344
(Gunnar Berg)

Chapter 23 - Effective School Improvement: A Dutch Project and an International Study; pp. 345-361
(Bert P.M. Creemers, Rob de Jong, Thoni Houtveen,Gerry J. Reezigt, Louise Stoll and Klaas J. Westerhof)

Chapter 24 - School Improvement in Germany: Current State and Outlook; pp. 363-379
(Uwe Hameyer)

Index

   Series:
      Education: Emerging Goals in the New Millennium. Bryan T. Peck (University of Strathclyde), Series Editor
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2006
   Pages: 7 x 10, 396 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-59454-944-1
   Status: AV
  
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