Chapter 2 School Self-Evaluation

Patterns of emerging practice

James, M. (1987) ‘Self- initiated Self- evaluation’. In P. Clift, D. Nuttall and G. Turner, (eds) Studies in School Self- evaluation (Basingstoke: Falmer Press): 172–189.


This chapter gives an account of a review of self-evaluation activities initiated by teachers within their own schools, as distinct from school self-evaluations initiated by LEAs. The review was carried out at the Open University in 1981 and was first reported in a research monograph (James, 1982).

The idea for such a review came from an interest in discovering whether schools were, in fact, conducting self-evaluations on their own initiative. Whilst many educationists were advocating this form of ...

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