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Competition, cream‐skimming and department performance within secondary schools1

DAVIES, Peter and TELHAJ, Shqiponje and HUTTON, David and ADNETT, Nick and COE, Robert (2009) Competition, cream‐skimming and department performance within secondary schools1. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (1). pp. 65-81. ISSN 0141-1926

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The performance of departments has been largely neglected in previous studies of subject choice in secondary schools. This is a significant omission because analysis at departmental level enables a fuller assessment of the effects of competition and specialisation on pupil performance. This paper examines relationships between both absolute and value-added measures of departmental performance and the likelihood of students being entered for examination in a subject. It examines these relationships with reference to four option subjects: French, German, Geography and History. It utilises data from an Economic and Social Research Council-funded study which examined trends and patterns in departmental effectiveness using a sample of 664 schools which participated in the Yellis monitoring system for a minimum of five years during the period 1995–2002.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Nick ADNETT
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2013 16:47
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 15:10
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1408

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