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Evaluation in local school governance: a framework of analysis
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Child and Youth education, Special Education and Counselling. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Umeå Centre for Evaluation Research (UCER). (UCER)
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Evaluation has expanded at all levels of governance as part of the broad doctrine of New Public Management (NPM) (Hood 1991; Pollitt and Bouckaert 2011). According to this doctrine, market mechanisms should be introduced to enhance efficiency and, in the context of school governance, to support competition between schools, free school choice, improved educational quality, and school effectiveness (Lubienski, 2009; Lundahl, 2013 et al; Merki 2011; NAE 2012). Education systems guided by NPM and characterized by results-based management and local autonomy increasingly rely on evaluation at all levels (Andersen et al. 2009; Elstad 2009; Merki 2011; Mintrop and Trujillo 2007; OECD 2013). It is assumed that evaluation and strengthened accountability will improve quality in education and schooling (OECD 2011), but there is a lack of knowledge if, and if so which evaluations and under what conditions they can contribute to this function (Levin 2010, Ravitch 2010). Recent research and a growing number of scholars question the need for and value of some prevailing evaluations and evaluation systems, and of focusing on performance and measureable results. It is also recognized that teachers are subjected to too much accountability which can have negative effects on professionals and education (Green 2011; Koretz 2009; Lingard and Sellar, 2013; Hargreaves 1994, Day 2002, Ball 2003, Mausethagen 2013a, 2013b). However, could evaluation be a useful tool in local school governance under certain conditions?

Although evaluation is a cornerstone in local school governance it has not been studied much in this context. Local school governance refers to all the public and private school actors’ and institutions’ (e.g. education committees, opposition parties, school principals, teachers and parents) steering of local schools and education.

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Framework, role of evaluation, functions, local school governance
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Education; educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108849OAI: diva2:854207
European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Budapest, 8-11 September 2015
Consequences of evaluation for school practice
Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-6157
Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-16 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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