Hitting the bullseye of school improvement: the IDEAS project at work in a successful school system

Crowther, Frank and Andrews, Dorothy and Morgan, Allan and O'Neill, Shirley (2012) Hitting the bullseye of school improvement: the IDEAS project at work in a successful school system. Leading and Managing, 18 (2). pp. 1-33. ISSN 1329-4539


Many comprehensive approaches to successful school improvement have emerged over the past decade, thus ensuring that school improvement need no longer be a ‘hit and miss’ affair. But the reconceptualisation of successful organisational improvement in educational contexts remains seriously unfinished business.
It is this ‘unfinished business’ that this article reports on. It does so by capturing the outcomes and contributory processes related to an educational improvement project (IDEAS) that has significant characteristics of 'new paradigm' thinking and that been implemented systematically across Australia. The research problem explored the internal and external factors that contributed to sustained student achievement successes in a school system that is well-known for its quality outcomes – Sydney Catholic Education Office.
The article makes use of a well-known literary device – metaphor – to capture and communicate its findings. Specifically, the field of archery, incorporating an arrow and target, is used to demonstrate how successful school improvement was shown in the research system and schools to unfold.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2013 01:59
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 22:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: school improvement; leadership; teacher leadership; capacity building
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22987

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