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.


Effective education governance and reform

One of the most pressing issues for OECD countries is identifying effective models of governance in complex and dynamic education systems. Given that knowledge and governance processes are highly interdependent, research and policy must focus on ways that knowledge systems can better support governance processes. The chapter proposes an analytical framework that combines governance mechanisms and knowledge options in one ecosystem. Using this analytical framework as a focal point, the chapter then highlights three key themes at the heart of modern governance: accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking. It provides a summary of the work of the OECD in this area, highlighting a set of case studies and a series of trust briefs that provide the material for the analyses presented in the rest of this volume. The chapter concludes with an overview of the full publication.


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