4.4. Towards a Model of Best Practice
A visual model of the characteristics of best practice has been
constructed out of the findings of a case study within a particular school.
According to the data, these five key characteristics overlap and intersect in a
dynamic way, both supporting and constraining one another. Moreover, the central
characteristic of best practice, on which all the other key features depend, is
the establishment of meaningful and challenging goals. Without this pivot, the
model of best practice becomes superficial and is not able to give substance and
meaning to a school's efforts and endeavours. The goals of a school have to
make sense to a community and be worthwhile in its estimation in order for all
the intersecting characteristics of best practice to be engaged. Moreover, these
goals have to extend a school community beyond the norm in order for
aspirations of excellence to develop.
Figure 4.2: Towards a Model of Best