Vol. 22 (2014)
Articles

Leading School Improvement Through Collaboration: An Evidence-Based Model

Freddy James
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
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Keywords

  • Educational reform,
  • Secondary education,
  • School Improvement,
  • Stakeholders,
  • Educational cooperation,
  • Educational models,
  • Trinidad and Tobago
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Abstract

This paper reports on a study that explored eductional reform in the secondary sector in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) by analysing the Ministry of Education's policy documents and examining perspectives on the impact of the current reform agenda from the point of view of practitioners: school supervisors, principals, and teachers. A qualitative interpretive research design was used, which employed a range of data collection methods including questionnaires, document analysis, and interviews. The paper argues that a different, more inclusive and participatory approach to leading context-specific school improvement is required for policy initiatives to be successful. An evidence-based model that takes this approach into consideration is proposed. The model, though premised on findings within the T&T context, can be applicable to other contexts.