Methods and Modalities of Effective School Inspections

  • Melanie┬áC.M. Ehren

Part of the Accountability and Educational Improvement book series (ACED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Melanie C. M. Ehren
    Pages 1-16
  3. Understanding School Inspection Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jaap Scheerens, Melanie C. M. Ehren
      Pages 19-46
    3. Melanie C. M. Ehren, Marcus Pietsch
      Pages 47-66
  4. The Current Evidence Base of School Inspection Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Melanie C. M. Ehren, Karen Jones, Jane Perryman
      Pages 87-109
    3. Melanie C. M. Ehren
      Pages 111-139
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-179

About this book


This book provides an overview and discussion of the evidence base of effective school inspections; reflecting on issues of validity and reliability of school inspections in relation to school effectiveness research, unintended consequences and emergent roles and responsibilities of Inspectorates of Education. Chapters include findings from systematic literature reviews and primary research while also presenting a range of practical examples from inspections systems from all over the world. The book provides relevant background materials for Inspectorates of Education who aim to improve the effectiveness of their systems and working methods, as well as clear examples for researchers aiming to analyse and understand the effectiveness of these systems. The final chapter reflects on changes in the current education landscape and discusses newer models of school inspections that fit within a more decentralized inspection system.


Improvement of education systems Inspection systems School inspections School accountability School effectiveness research Educational assessment Educational evaluation School evaluation School self-evaluation Side effects of inspections Inspection feedback Validity and reliability of school inspections Education policy Inspectorates of education Internal school evaluation

Editors and affiliations

  • Melanie┬áC.M. Ehren
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31001-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31003-9
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