Educational Effectiveness and Ineffectiveness

A Critical Review of the Knowledge Base

  • Jaap Scheerens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Modelling Educational Effectiveness at Teaching, School and System Level

  3. Quantitative Research Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Jaap Scheerens
      Pages 225-242
    3. Jaap Scheerens
      Pages 243-255
  4. Theoretical Interpretation and Practical Application

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 383-389

About this book


This book is a critical assessment of the knowledge base on educational effectiveness, covering a period of five decades of research. It formulates a “lean” theory of good schooling, and identifies and explains instances of “ineffectiveness”, like low effect sizes of malleable conditions, for which expectations are highly strung. The book presents a systemic outlook on educational effectiveness and improvement, as it starts out from an integrated multi-level model that comprises system level, school level and instructional conditions. It offers a classification of school improvement strategies and scenarios for system level educational improvement. Above all the analysis is very systematic, comprehensive and strongly grounded in theory. The book includes a case study analysis of various strands of improvement-oriented educational policy in the Netherlands as an illustration of some of the arguments used.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jaap Scheerens
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Behavioural, Mgmt and Soc.SciUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7457-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7459-8
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