Presentation by Leonidas Kyriakides, Department of Education, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.
This paper refers to the dynamic approach to school improvement (DASI) which attempts to contribute to the merging of educational effectiveness research and school improvement. The main underlying assumptions and the implementation phases of DASI are presented. The recommended approach gives emphasis to school policies and actions taken to improve teaching and the school learning environment. Moreover, the importance of establishing school evaluation mechanisms and collecting data to identify improvement priorities is stressed. Furthermore, DASI emphasizes the use of the available knowledge base in relation to the main aims of the efforts made by schools to deal with the different challenges/problems being faced. Therefore, a research and advisory team is expected to support school stakeholders develop, implement, and evaluate their own school improvement strategies and action plans. Group-randomization studies investigating the impact of DASI on promoting student learning outcomes are also presented. These studies reveal the conditions in which DASI can promote student learning outcomes. Finally, suggestions for research, policy and practice are provided.
Presentazione di Leonidas Kyriakides ( Università di Cipro) in occasione del suo intervento al convegno internazionale "Migliorare la scuola" (Napoli, 14-15 Maggio 2015), organizzato dall'Indire.