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Concept and Design Developments in School Improvement Research

Longitudinal, Multilevel and Mixed Methods and Their Relevance for Educational Accountability

Editors: Oude Groote Beverborg, A., Feldhoff, T., Maag Merki, K., Radisch, F. (Eds.)

  • Contributes to further development of school improvement and accountability by bridging qualitative and quantitative research
  • Presents innovative methodological approaches that go beyond self-ratings of the actors
  • Provides sophisticated analyses of strengths and limitations of the methodological approaches discussed
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This open access book discusses challenges in school improvement research and different methodological approaches that have the potential to foster school improvement research. Research on school improvement and accountability analysis places high demands on a study’s design and method. The potential of combining the depth of case studies with the breath of quantitative measures and analyses in a mixed-methods design seems very promising. Consequently, the focus of the book lies on innovative methodological approaches.

The book chapters address design, measurement, and analysis developments as well as theoretical and conceptual developments. The relevance of the research presented in the chapters for educational accountability is discussed in the book’s discussion chapter.

More specifically, authors present one specific innovative methodological approach and clarify that approach with a concrete example in the context of school improvement, based on empirical data when possible. In this way, this book helps researchers designing complex useful studies.

About the authors

Arnoud Oude Groote Beverborg currently works at the Department of Public Administration of the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.He worked as a post-doc at the Department of Educational Research and the Centre for School Effectiveness and School Improvement of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany, to which he is still affiliated. His work concentrates on theoretical and methodological developments regarding the longitudinal and reciprocal relations between professional learning activities, psychological states, workplace conditions, leadership, and governance. Additional to his interest in enhancing school change capacity, he is developing dynamic conceptualizations and operationalizations of workplace and organizational learning, for which he explores the application of dynamic systems modelling techniques.
Tobias Feldhoff is full professor for education science. He is head of theCenter for School Improvement and School Effectiveness Research and chair of the Center for Research on School, Education and Higher Education (ZSBH)at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He is also co-coordinator of the Special Interest Group Educational Effectiveness and Improvementof the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). His research topics are school improvement, school effectiveness, educational governance and the link between them. One focus of his work is to develop designs and find methods to better understand school improvement processes, their dynamics and effects. He is also interested in an organisation-theoretical foundation of school improvement.
Katharina Maag Merki is a full professor of educational science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Maag Merki’s main research interests include research on school improvement, educational effectiveness, and self-regulated learning. She has over 20 years of experience in conducting complex interdisciplinary longitudinal analyses. Her research has been distinguished by several national and international grants. Her paper on ‘Conducting intervention studies on school improvement’, published in the Journal of Educational Administration, was selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2014. At the moment, she is conducting a four year multi-method longitudinal study to investigate mechanisms and effects of school improvement capacity on student learning in 60 primary schools in Switzerland. She is member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Prof.Dr. Falk Radisch is an expert in research methods for educational research, especially school effectiveness, school improvement and all day schooling. He has huge experience in planning, implementing and analyzing large scale and longitudinal studies. For his research he has been using data sets from large scale assessments like PISA, PIRLS, and TIMSS, as well as implementing large scale and longitudinal studies in different areas of school-based research. He has been working on methodological problems of school-based research, especially for longitudinal, hierarchical and nonlinear methods for school effectiveness and school improvement research.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Oude Groote Beverborg, Arnoud (et al.)

  • Why Must Everything Be So Complicated? Demands and Challenges on Methods for Analyzing School Improvement Processes

    Pages 9-25

    Feldhoff, Tobias (et al.)

  • School Improvement Capacity – A Review and a Reconceptualization from the Perspectives of Educational Effectiveness and Educational Policy

    Pages 27-40

    Reynolds, David (et al.)

  • The Relationship Between Teacher Professional Community and Participative Decision-Making in Schools in 22 European Countries

    Pages 41-62

    Lomos, Catalina

  • New Ways of Dealing with Lacking Measurement Invariance

    Pages 63-82

    Sauerwein, Markus (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Concept and Design Developments in School Improvement Research
Book Subtitle
Longitudinal, Multilevel and Mixed Methods and Their Relevance for Educational Accountability
Editors
  • Arnoud Oude Groote Beverborg
  • Tobias Feldhoff
  • Katharina Maag Merki
  • Falk Radisch
Series Title
Accountability and Educational Improvement
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69345-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69345-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69344-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-69347-3
Series ISSN
2509-3320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 312
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations
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