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Evaluation and participation: Identifying different school organization profiles in Portuguese public schools

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The article discusses some of the major changes in Portuguese schools, due to both the external evaluation process set up in 2008 and the new school management model. The results discussed here demonstrate how the external evaluation process in Portugal highlights the importance of schools as organizations and the focus on community involvement in school management. A multivariate analysis based on a set of variables enabled us to define three school organization profiles (innovative, traditional and diffuse) using two points of reference: the type of curriculum offered and the relationship with the school community. The article consolidates an analysis based on mixed-method research, enhancing the analysis of qualitative information, how qualitative information can be turned into quantified variables, and how data reducing provides support for quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
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Keywords: community involvement; external evaluation; mixed-method research; schools; schools management; schools organization

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: CIES-IUL, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa 2: CIS-IUL, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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