Solution Oriented School Improvement Programme: Does it do what it says on the tin?
Prof Doc Thesis
Evans, Margaret Jean 2011. Solution Oriented School Improvement Programme: Does it do what it says on the tin? Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
|Authors||Evans, Margaret Jean|
|Type||Prof Doc Thesis|
The effectiveness of school improvement programmes has been investigated primarily with a focus on children’s academic attainments. Research on school improvement programmes acknowledges the importance of stakeholder inclusion in organisational change. The views and experience of school personnel were sought in order to triangulate this information with improvement indicators of school performance. The Solution Oriented Schools (SOS) Programme is a strengths-based school improvement programme which builds on school capacity and inclusive practices. The outcomes of the SOS Programme’s improvement criteria were monitored in 26 schools over one year using a mixed methodology design. Data on improvement indicators such as pupil and staff attendance, fixed-term exclusions and staff turnover was used. Average rates before and after SOS implementation were compared to identify and investigate any improvement in these indicators in line with SOS programme claims. Using a Friedman test, decreases in fixed-term exclusion reached significance. (p< 0.001). The rate of authorised pupil absences, staff absences and turnover decreased but not significantly and unauthorised pupil absences significantly increased (p<0.05). The self-esteem of 316 pupils aged between 4 and11 was measured using the LAWSEQ scale before and after SOS programme implementation and a significant increase was found (p<0.001). Staff self-esteem, measured using the Rosenberg scale also increased significantly (p<0.05) and provided a significant indicator of Programme sustainability (p< 0.05).
|Keywords||Solution Oriented Schools Programme; school improvement|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.15123/PUB.1707|
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|Deposited||05 Nov 2012|
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