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GROUPS of teachers receiving training as part of a wider plan for school improvement. Other factors should also come into play such as better resources, values, assessment strategy ….. as well as school leadership, governance, the curriculum ….. and much more. Teachers also need help and guidance inside the school to implement what has been trained, so observations, coaching, mentoring, learning groups, learning reviews all have a part to play. A whole school can therefore be shown the Quality Education Framework with all of the elements to be improved, then the QEPT tool can be used pre-implementation of any school improvement plan and at regular intervals, maybe every 6 months. Results from the school’s QEPT can then be a formative assessment measure so that Principal and teachers can review progress and determine changes needed for improvement. Unfortunately in Nepal, nothing like this is happening. Teachers are trained, return to school, then abandoned! No coaching, no measurement, no change! 4. Validity and Reliability of the QEPT These two concepts are extremely important to establish the “usefulness” of any psychologically based questionnaire. “Reliability deals with the extent to which a measure is repeatable or stable. Essentially reliability refers to the consistency of a measure. A reliable measure would return the same results from time to time, assuming the underlying phenomenon which we were measuring has not changed.” During the development of the QEPT we conducted a Test-Retest exercise on 3 schools and approximately 300 children. The QEPT was run in the morning for Class 3-6 in each school, then repeated again about 4 hours later mid afternoon. Results as follows: School

QEI 1

QEI 2

1

68

72

2

67

73

3

65

69

The results show an approximately 6% variation in QEI score in a school between the morning test and the afternoon test. We have not extended the reliability tests nor conducted any detailed statistical analysis either. We are not trying to assess personality or ability of individuals with this test, it is a simple measure of children’s perception of their education quality and we believe this result is quite acceptable within the context of school development.

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Quality Education-It's all in the mind!  

This is the second in our research series of articles about defining, measuring, developing the quality of education in primary schools in d...

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