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Inspectors and the Process of Self-Evaluation in Ireland

  • Martin BrownEmail author
  • Gerry McNamara
  • Joe O’Hara
  • Shivaun O’Brien
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Part of the Accountability and Educational Improvement book series (ACED)

Abstract

The relationship between school inspection and school self-evaluation in Ireland has shifted from a largely theoretical one to that of a regulatory requirement where schools are mandated to engage with an externally devised process of self-evaluation. The conduct of self-evaluation in schools is quality assured by the inspectorate. It is not clear where this shift will lead in terms of the relationship between schools and inspectors but it seems certain to change the role of the latter to a marked degree. Although laudable in theory, the practical realities and perceptions relating to this new relationship need to be considered. This chapter provides a documentary analysis of the changing landscape of school self-evaluation policy and practice from 2012 onwards and also draws on interview data and a national survey of school principals who have been charged with the implementation of these initiatives.

Keywords

Accountability Governance School self-evaluation School inspection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gerry McNamara
    • 1
  • Joe O’Hara
    • 1
  • Shivaun O’Brien
    • 1
  1. 1.EQI - the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and InspectionDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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