Improving Schools in Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Areas: An Overview of Research

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  2. Professor Daniel Muijs
  3. Andy Harris
Author(s)Muijs D, Harris A, Chapman C, Stoll L, Russ J
Publication type Article
JournalSchool Effectiveness and School Improvement
ISSN (print)0924-3453
ISSN (electronic)1744-5124
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Schools in difficult and challenging circumstances have received increasing policy and to some extent research attention in recent years. Improving schools in these circumstances is likely to prove a difficult process. This literature review has attempted to collect research on improving schools in these areas. Themes emerging from the literature include: a focus on teaching and learning, leadership, creating an information-rich environment, creating a positive school culture, building a learning community, continuous professional development, involving parents, external support and resources. The crucial issue of sustaining improvement is also discussed.
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