Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Internal and External Review

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Education

DESCRIPTION School evaluation plays a major role in the education system and there is current debate over what forms of evaluation is most likely to improve schools and raise standards of achievement. This unit aims to present the rationale behind external audits as another opportunity for schools to review their practices.

The central philosophy and focus proposed in this unit is that we need to create strong internal mechanisms so that schools learn to tell their own stories. There is a lot of data currently available and others that can be tapped by educators within schools so that they can bring about desired change. It is within such a context that external audits and the role they can play in the reform process are presented. Various strategies will be explored and discussed that build on the proposed philosophy.

Study-unit Aims:

Help course participants:
1. Make meaning personally and professionally from knowledge in the field of school development, school self-evaluation and external review;
2. Seek out practical applications of an area of knowledge for classrooms and schools;
3. Gain practical skills and the tools necessary to conduct school-based self-evaluation;
4. Develop a reflective and critical stance to school development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the importance behind a reflective, monitoring and review perspective to school development;
- evaluate different aspects of school life; namely teaching and learning, ethos and culture, professional development and student support;
- analyse a particular aspect of school life;
- describe the role that internal and external evaluation have to play in school improvement.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- reflect personally on specific aspects related to one's role and that of a school member;
- engage in critical discourse with others on specific topics/ tasks;
- prepare an evaluation report on a specific school improvement issue;
- evaluate a self-evaluation on a particular school topic;
- use review procedures that help the participants to review the implementation of a specific action plan.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Harris, A. (2002) School Improvement: what's in it for schools? London: Routledge Falmer.
- Learmonth, J. (2000) Inspection: what's in it for schools? London: Routledge Falmer.
- MacBeath, J. and McGlynn, A. (2002) Self-evaluation: what's in it for schools? London: Routledge Falmer.

Reading pack containing articles from leading journals (made available on VLE)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Grp Learn, Ind Study, Lect, Semi & Tut

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (1 Hour) Yes 50%
Project Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Christopher G. Bezzina (Co-ord.)
Maria Assunta Pace
Jacqueline Vanhear
Kenneth John Vella

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