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Developing Metrics for Equity, Diversity and Competition
New measures for schools and universities

ISBN 9781138783751
Published October 13, 2016 by Routledge
162 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Developing Metrics for Equity, Diversity and Competition is a groundbreaking book in the field of educational research. Equity, diversity and competition are critical to our understanding of social justice and the provision of effective education for everyone, and this book develops a new coherent scientific approach to measuring them. New theory and methodologies based on previous research by the author are introduced in school and university settings. They are mathematical in nature, but have a wide range of applications within mixed-methods approaches and include:

  • warranted weighting systems for constructing league tables
  • game theoretic approaches to analysing power and influence
  • indices for measuring equity in student attainment
  • indices for measuring competition
  • modelling the educational awards market
  • calculating the optimal size of research groups
  • measuring diversity.

The book is an ideal resource for educational researchers, policy-makers and high-level practitioners, and those who want to explore the possibilities of using novel approaches to address the problems faced by schools, colleges and universities in the new education landscape.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A fair weighting system for ranking tables: measuring quality in Higher Education research 3. Measuring equity and influence on school governance committees and among stakeholder groups: the application of cooperative multi-person game theory 4. Measuring Equity in Student Attainment 5. Modelling a fair market for educational awards and the treatment of oligopolies 6. The Critical Mass of Working Groups: the relationship between quality and size in research centres 7. Measuring competitiveness in Education: the Herfindahl Index 8. Measuring Diversity in Education 9. Problems and Paradoxes 10. References Index

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Anthony Kelly is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, UK.