Supporting the internal improvement of schools: a critical review

Considering education changes, teachers and schools are subjected to an avalanche of new challenges, responsibilities and demands. These can either revitalize elements of curricular autonomy and professional ability or conceal what really matters in the classroom by resorting to contrived, external projects. Whatever the changes, the important is to make sure that all students really learn, which can only be attained with good schools and teachers. It is thus vital to stimulate and support the guided processes of improvement. Yet, we cannot support changes without taking into account the lessons we have learned along the way. From this perspective, this paper revises some school improvements, bets on processes of school self-review and points out how to back such practices. Its conclusion offers a viable proposal to integrate school auto-review and critical advising, without losing sight of quality and equity as fundamental action axes.

Education changes; Advice; Education improvements; Support; Quality and equity; Self-review processes


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