The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.

Chapter 38: Critical Issues for the Study of School Improvement: Contributions from a Research Program in Chile1

Critical Issues for the Study of School Improvement: Contributions from a Research Program in Chile1
Critical Issues for the Study of School Improvement: Contributions from a Research Program in Chile
Cristian Bellei Liliana Morawietz Juan Pablo Valenzuela Xavier Vanni

This chapter is based on the experience of a research program on educational effectiveness and improvement developed in Chile mainly during the last decade. During this process, we faced important conceptual and methodological challenges, some of which are identified and discussed in this chapter. We believe that many researchers studying similar issues share these difficulties, which have emerged as part of the current general demand for educational change in schools and our efforts ...

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