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School Management: Learning from successful schools in Bangladesh
National Academy for Educational Management and Brac Research and Evaluation Division

December - 2004

Educational studies in Bangladesh are mostly quantitative in nature broadly based on survey methods. However, the cases prepared for this study employed qualitative research techniques, where an ethnographic approach was emphasised. The case studies focused on the factors that made certain schools more successful than others. A number of issues related to school, community, administration, teaching, attitudes and leadership, along with other associated links came out from the research. The in-depth case studies identified key critical factors behind the success of these particular schools. The study has practical implications, as the lessons learned from the successful schools can be applied to other schools that are not doing as well. Policy makers and planners in education can be benefited from these studies. In addition, the research project in Bangladesh is unique because it includes both primary and secondary schools, as well as formal and non-formal schools. No other country was able to cover such a vast area in their study. As a result, the findings from the Bangladesh study create an opportunity to learn from one sub-system to another, nationally as well as regionally.

 
 
 

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