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Title: What are the indicators of a successful international school partnership : developing an operationalized theoretical standard
Author: Cook, Angela
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 2013
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This research develops a standard against which international school partnerships can be evaluated and assesses its applicability using the outcomes from a school partnership programme. The development of the 'successful school partnerships standard' for international links utilises a large literature review that incorporates good practice guidance and research into international partnerships. The study provides the UK educational context for international school partnerships and identifies areas where such partnerships can deliver school improvement. These educational drivers for school partnerships are mapped onto the 'successful school partnerships standard' to determine whether it provides a valid framework for comparing policy and practice. The 'standard' is assessed through its application as a means of evaluating to what extent the European-funded Comenius school partnerships programme can be deemed successful. The study builds an evaluation framework based on the 'standard' to assess the quality of the outcomes and impact of Comenius school partnerships and to consider whether the European-focused school partnerships differ in any important aspect from other global partnership programmes. Mixed methods are used to assess the secondary data from the Comenius school partnership programme. Key findings from the study include: 1. The 'successful school partnerships standard' provides a useful framework for comparing school partnerships against the educational landscape 2. Comenius partnerships demonstrate a close alignment with the 'successful school partnerships standard' 3. Analysis of the Comenius data identifies the programme as an effective vehicle to support the delivery of two major education initiatives: 3.1 Developing a workforce with the necessary skills to live and work in a global economy: using the evaluation schedule the impact of Comenius school partnerships on learners is excellent 3.2 Providing professional development for teachers: 75% of the Comenius schools' 483 final reports in 2010 rated the partnership highly for its impact on staff development that increased: • leadership and management skills • pedagogical expertise • staff motivation • knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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