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Inspecting School Social Quality: Assessing and Improving School Effectiveness in the Social Domain

Dijkstra, A; Daas, R; De la Motte, P; Ehren, M; (2017) Inspecting School Social Quality: Assessing and Improving School Effectiveness in the Social Domain. Journal of Social Science Education , 16 (4) pp. 75-84. 10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v16-i4-1640. Green open access

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Abstract

- School inspections can take different approaches to evaluating school social quality. - This paper discusses three distinct models of approach: a process model, a school improvement model and an output model. - Each of the models serves different mechanisms for effective school inspection. - The paper presents a school effectiveness model of social outcomes of schools. Purpose: School inspection of school social quality is, in contrast to inspection in the cognitive domain, still in its early phase of development. While schools are shown to affect social outcomes, the interplay of mechanisms makes it difficult to isolate the effect of the school. This paper aims to evaluate different approaches to inspecting school social quality. Methodology: Based on a school effectiveness model, we consider what aspects could be taken into consideration to evaluate school social quality. Findings and implications: Using insights from inspection of cognitive outcomes, we present three ideal-type models of inspection, focusing on outcomes, school improvement, or process. There is as of yet no clear best approach to inspecting school social quality, as inspection of school quality can influence school performance in a range of ways. Implications of the described models and possible strengths and weaknesses are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Inspecting School Social Quality: Assessing and Improving School Effectiveness in the Social Domain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v16-i4-1640
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v16-i4-1640
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: School inspection, social outcomes, school quality, school effectiveness, quality assurance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041848
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