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What makes an effective
school
Dr Scott Eacott
Office of Educational Leadership
School of Education
The University of New ...
Acknowledgments
New South Wales
Department of Education
The University of New
South Wales
The Office of Educational
Leader...
Presentation Overview
• Introduce my claims
• A relational approach
– What is meant by effective?
– The role of context
– ...
MY CLAIMS
Naming it upfront
@ScottEacott
Claims
• Schools are good at what they prioritize
• Education is political
• Contested – but do we contest?
• Clarity | Co...
A RELATIONAL APPROACH
Setting the scene
@ScottEacott
A relational approach
Five relational extensions:
• The centrality of ‘organizing’ in the social world creates an
ontologi...
EFFECTIVENESS
Asking questions of label
@ScottEacott
We are a really good school. We are
effective. We say we will educate the kids
in a holistic manner, and that is what we
d...
Different foci
• School effectiveness
– Achievement | Successful
• School improvement
– Value added measures
• Teacher eff...
What do you see as the
purpose of schooling?
@ScottEacott
Why is this important?
• Broad principle/s
– Challenges of ‘shared’ visions
– One size fits all
• Justification
– Embracin...
Some challenges
• In era of LSLD why do we look to others to
define whether we are effective?
• Turnaround literatures do ...
Some thoughts
• Effectiveness begins with clarity
• Then, you are judged in relation to
coherence
• You construct the narr...
Dialogue and Debate
A presentation at:
Queanbeyan Secondary Executive Conference
Hotel Rydges – Capital Hill
Canberra ACT ...
Contact Details
Dr Scott Eacott
PhD MLMEd GradCertPTT BTeach/BSocSci FACEL
Director, Office of Educational Leadership
Scho...
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What makes an effective school?

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What makes an effective school?

  1. 1. What makes an effective school Dr Scott Eacott Office of Educational Leadership School of Education The University of New South Wales
  2. 2. Acknowledgments New South Wales Department of Education The University of New South Wales The Office of Educational Leadership #EDST5608 Dr Scott Eacott
  3. 3. Presentation Overview • Introduce my claims • A relational approach – What is meant by effective? – The role of context – Productive thinking • Dialogue and debate @ScottEacott
  4. 4. MY CLAIMS Naming it upfront @ScottEacott
  5. 5. Claims • Schools are good at what they prioritize • Education is political • Contested – but do we contest? • Clarity | Coherence | Narrative @ScottEacott
  6. 6. A RELATIONAL APPROACH Setting the scene @ScottEacott
  7. 7. A relational approach Five relational extensions: • The centrality of ‘organizing’ in the social world creates an ontological complicity in researchers (and others) that makes it difficult to epistemologically break from the spontaneous understanding of the social world; • Rigorous social scientific scholarship would therefore call into question the very foundations on which the contemporarily popular discourse are constructed; • The contemporary social condition cannot be separated from the ongoing and inexhaustible recasting of organizing; • Studying relationally enables the overcoming of the contemporary, and arguably enduring, tensions of individualism and collectivism, and structure and agency; and • In doing so, there is a productive – rather than merely critical – space to theorize. @ScottEacott
  8. 8. EFFECTIVENESS Asking questions of label @ScottEacott
  9. 9. We are a really good school. We are effective. We say we will educate the kids in a holistic manner, and that is what we do. Although we are answerable to our political masters, at the same time you have to be true to yourself and enact what we see as a good education (Eacott, 2013, p. 27). Eacott, S. (2013). Asking questions of leadership: using social theory for more than critique. Leading & Managing, 19(1), 18-31. @ScottEacott
  10. 10. Different foci • School effectiveness – Achievement | Successful • School improvement – Value added measures • Teacher effectiveness – Effect | Impact @ScottEacott
  11. 11. What do you see as the purpose of schooling? @ScottEacott
  12. 12. Why is this important? • Broad principle/s – Challenges of ‘shared’ visions – One size fits all • Justification – Embracing professionalism • Critique – Different form of supervision @ScottEacott
  13. 13. Some challenges • In era of LSLD why do we look to others to define whether we are effective? • Turnaround literatures do not help. Who decides and for what? • Absence of context in ISSPP, AESOP similar, but does context matter? @ScottEacott
  14. 14. Some thoughts • Effectiveness begins with clarity • Then, you are judged in relation to coherence • You construct the narrative of your school @ScottEacott
  15. 15. Dialogue and Debate A presentation at: Queanbeyan Secondary Executive Conference Hotel Rydges – Capital Hill Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA 28-29 October 2015 @ScottEacott
  16. 16. Contact Details Dr Scott Eacott PhD MLMEd GradCertPTT BTeach/BSocSci FACEL Director, Office of Educational Leadership School of Education University of New South Wales Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2052 P: +61 2 9385 0704 Academia.edu T: @ScottEacott Researchgate E: s.eacott@unsw.edu.au UNSW profile W: http://scotteacott.com ORCID @ScottEacott

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