ASK – Alignment and School Development Capacities from the Perspective of Schools and School Supervisors

How do principals and school supervisory authorities work together to promote development at schools in socially challenging situations? What opportunities and challenges do they face? These and further questions are explored in the project.

Project Description

The project „Alignment and School Development Capacities from the Perspective of Schools and School Supervisors“ (ASK) investigates how school supervisors and principals at schools in socially challenging situations deal with the issue of school development capacities, i.e. the ability to design, organise and evaluate school and teaching development processes in a sustainable manner. The main question is whether they consider the development of school development capacities as a primary task of school and teaching development. Furthermore it is conducted which aspects they prioritise and to what extent a successful alignment between the actors can support such a capacity building.

Using qualitative and quantitative methods, school administrators and teachers at schools in socially challenging situations as well as school supervisors will be surveyed on aspects of school development capacity (e.g., motivations, attitudes, beliefs or assessments of the school climate) as well as alignment structures (orientations, perspectives, and social networks of the actors). The results of the project will provide important steering impulses for school and teaching development at schools in socially challenging situations, and will also generate practical knowledge on aspects of school development that is directly relevant for educational practice and administration.

Project Objectives

The project will provide evidence on how principals, teachers and school supervisors can work together successfully to enable school supervisory authorities to support individual schools in their development process. In addition, it will be determined how schools in socially challenging situations can enhance school development capacities. The project thus not only contributes to closing a scientific research gap, but also provides directly relevant practical knowledge on aspects of school development for educational practice and administration.

Funding

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Project Management

Dr. Alexandra Marx

Project Team

Project Details

Status:
Current project
Area of Focus Transfer and Transfer Research
Department: Educational Governance
Unit: Practice and Transfer Oriented School Development Research
Education Sector: Primary and Secondary Education
Duration:
01/2024-12/2025
Funding:
External funding
Contact: Dr. Alexandra Marx, Head of Unit