Chapter 1 School Self-Evaluation for the Improvement of Educational Practice

Some theoretical issues

James, M. (1982) ‘School Initiated Self-Evaluation and the Improvement of Educational Practice: some issues for consideration’. Classroom Action Research Network Bulletin, 5: 17–23.


Self-evaluation of the kind that is initiated and conducted within schools by teachers seems to have emerged from two distinct historical contexts: the curriculum development movement in the early and mid-1970s, and increased pressure for public accountability subsequent to the Tyndale affair. In relation to the first, the apparent lack of success of many curriculum projects to ‘take’ in the schools generated such axioms as that of the Humanities Curriculum ...

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