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Education Governance in Action

Lessons from Case Studies

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Governing multi-level education systems requires governance models that balance responsiveness to local diversity with the ability to ensure national objectives. This delicate equilibrium is difficult to achieve given the complexity of many education systems. Countries are therefore increasingly looking for examples of good practice and models of effective modern governance that they can adapt to their own needs.

Education Governance in Action: Lessons from Case Studies bridges theory and practice by connecting major themes in education governance to real-life reform efforts in a variety of countries. It builds upon in-depth case studies of education reform efforts in Flanders (Belgium), Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The case studies are complemented by country examples of efforts to restore and sustain trust in their education systems. Together they provide a rich illustration of modern governance challenges - and successes.

The volume highlights the importance of the interdependence between knowledge and governance and focuses on essential components for modern education governance: accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking. It sets the agenda for thinking about the flexible and adaptive systems necessary for governing education in today's complex world. This publication will be of interest to policy makers, education leaders, teachers, the education research community and all those interested in education governance and complexity.

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Capacity building for education reform

This chapter addresses the role of capacities as key facilitators in helping policies bring about change. By building upon the GCES case studies, the chapter analyses enablers and barriers for capacity building in relation to four main factors affecting change in complex systems: shared vison and common understanding, vertical capacity building and the role of the central policy level, networking as a horizontal form of capacity building, and policy flexibility and sustainability. Additionally, the chapter takes a special look at a central element for educational management and improvement: capacities for the use of data.

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