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The Characteristics of Successful Schools

Peter Ramsay, David Sneddon, June Grenfell, Ivan Ford

In a day and age when the credibility of schools and the teachers in them are being questioned, it seems important to analyse carefully some of the factors which seem to promote effective schooling. Our study involved an examination of eight schools in the Southern Auckland region, matched in pairs. The matching was for (1) socioeconomic status (seventy percent of children had parents who were manual working class); (2) the ethnic composition of the school (75 percent of the pupils were of Polynesian extraction) as well as a number of teacher characteristics such as turnover rates.

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