Analyzing practice for improving schools: The study of vignettes

Panayiotis Angelides, James Leigh, Paul Gibbs

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This article suggests a method for analyzing patterns of school practice for improvement purposes. In particular it describes outcomes of a study that point to some promising possibilities, in terms of encouraging teachers to reflect on their practice, for the purpose of improvement. It argues that by discussing and analyzing vignettes, teachers can improve their practice, not only individually, but also as a team. In addition, this analysis can help schools to develop as organizations. At the end, this suggestion is supported with an example which illustrates the potential of using vignettes for improving schools, whilst, at the same time, demonstrating how the procedure might be used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-485
Number of pages19
JournalSchool Effectiveness and School Improvement
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


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