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.



Smarter education governance

As educational systems have decentralised, they are increasingly looking for ways to balance responsiveness to local diversity with achieving national goals. They must do so as efficiently as possible, given limited financial resources and the confines and pressures of time-sensitive political cycles. This chapter explores the five elements of modern governance for complex systems, which together operate to create a smart state, capable of solving modern governance challenges. They five elements are: a focus on process rather than structures, adaptability and flexibility, stakeholder involvement and capacity building, a whole of system approach, and the harnessing of evidence and research to inform policy and practice. The chapter links these five elements to the lessons learned from the GCES case studies and trust briefs, bridging theory and practice with real world examples from OECD education systems.


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