Improving college effectiveness: raising quality and achievement.

Bridget Somekh, Andy Convery, Jean Delaney, Roy Fisher, John Gray, Stan Gunn, Andrew Henworth, Loraine Powell

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Work undertaken to improve the effectiveness of the United Kingdom's schools and further education (FE) sectors was identified and assessed in a study entailing four data collection methods: literature review; questionnaire administered to all FE college principals in England and Wales; expert seminar and face-to-face interviews with high-level representatives of all major agencies responsible for the schools, higher education (HE), and FE sectors; and focus group and telephone interviews with quality managers in a sample of colleges. Although the questionnaire elicited a response rate of only 18 %, the respondents were representative of the FE sector as a whole. Among the main obstacles to improving sector effectiveness identified by the principals were the following: lack of finance and funding;lack of management systems and training for middle managers; and need for lecturing staff to adopt new teaching methods. Confusion over the terms"effectiveness" and "improvement" was discovered. It was concluded that systematic quantitative and qualitative research based on a theoretical framework clarifying its relationship to Further Education Funding Council policy and practice is critical to future work to improve the schools, FE,and HE sectors. (Appended are the following: research methodology,bibliography that contains 125 references, and information about the study's authors.)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFurther Education Development Agency
Number of pages104
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Publication series

PublisherFurther Education Development Agency
ISSN (Print)1460 7034


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