Using the dynamic model to develop an evidence-based and theory-driven approach to school improvement
AuthorCreemers, Bert P. M.
SourceIrish Educational Studies
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This paper refers to a dynamic perspective of educational effectiveness and improvement stressing the importance of using an evidence-based and theory-driven approach. Specifically, an approach to school improvement based on the dynamic model of educational effectiveness is offered. The recommended approach to school improvement gives emphasis to quality of teaching and to conditions created at different levels for improving the quality of teaching. Moreover, we stress the importance of a whole school approach and the use of data collected through school self-evaluation mechanisms for decision-making about improvement of policies and actions. Furthermore, the improvement approach related to this model emphasizes the use of the available knowledge-base in relation to the main aims of the efforts made by schools to deal with the different challenges/problems being faced. Finally, we provide suggestions for research investigating under which conditions schools can make use of the dynamic model and establish an evidence-based and theory-driven approach to school improvement. © 2010 Educational Studies Association of Ireland.