Education has increasingly become the focus of public discourse and policy, with its methods, resources and achievements widely debated. As a result, educational systems are now more than ever faced with the challenge of improving their performance and of proving that suitable measures are being taken to guarantee greater efficiency regarding equity. This desire for better results requires that better methods for their measurement exist so that they can be better understood and, ultimately, improved.
Several disciplines have already developed instruments for this purpose. The educational sciences have been particularly active in this field. Other disciplines, such as sociology, economics, management, information technology, and political science are also making significant contributions to the emergence of a better form of governance.
Before one can benefit from these developments, one first must know about their existence and analyse and question them. The proposed book is unique in that it brings together a wide range of disciplines and experience from several countries. What are possible models of governance? How do we measure their effects in terms of efficiency and equity? What type of contribution can financial and information systems make? How do we adapt the prevailing culture to the challenge of better performance? These are some of the concrete questions to which this book provides an answer.
Introduction: Governance and Performance of Education Systems.- Introduction: Governance and Performance of Education Systems.- The Changing Governance of Educational Systems.- The New Regulation Forms of Educational Systems in Europe: Towards a Post-bureaucratic Regime.- Comparing Higher Education Governance Systems in Four European Countries.- Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.- Purpose and Limits of a National Monitoring of the Education System Through Indicators.- Measuring and Comparing the Equity of Education Systems in Europe.- The Economic Benefits of Improved Teacher Quality.- Direct Democracy and Public Education in Swiss Cantons.- School Factors Related to Quality: Multilevel Analysis for Three Swiss Cantons.- Are Swiss Secondary Schools Efficient?.- Explaining and Controlling the Costs of Education Systems.- Funding Schools by Formula.- A Cost Model of Schools: School Size, School Structure and Student Composition.- Strategies to Encourage Performance and Equity.- The Potential of School Information Systems for Enhancing School Improvement.- School Autonomy and Financial Manoeuvrability: French Principals' Strategies.- Finnish Strategy for High-Level Education for All.
Educational systems are now more than ever faced with the challenge of improving their performance and proving that suitable measures are being taken to guarantee greater efficiency regarding equity. Bringing together a wide range of disciplines and experience in several countries, this book details possible models of governance and describes ways to measure their effects in terms of efficiency and equity.
Broad assessment of the reforms' achievements in the field of education systems
Brings together the viewpoints from several disciplines: economics, management, sociology, and information technology
Emphasizes policy ideas that come from the research
Outlines the key-technical issues for the more research-oriented reader