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School Based Evaluation: Purposes, Protocols and Processes

Authors
  • MacBeath, J.
Type
Book
Journal
International Encyclopedia of Education
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Pages
713–718
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-044894-7.01619-5
ISBN: 978-0-08-044894-7
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

The idea of school-based evaluation is not new. The importance of continuous reflection on the inner life of schools predates by centuries a policy imperative for schools to be data rich, self-evaluating, and accountable for their quality. Much of the impetus for more systematic approaches comes from international comparative studies such as the OECD and from exemplars of the marriage between internal and external forms of review. This article examines the differing forms school-based evaluation and inspection (by any other name) in countries around the world and categories into which those approaches fall and the questions they raise as to the authority and power, reciprocity and the driving motives of improvement, accountability, and economy.

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