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Trust, Accountability and Capacity in Education System Reform
Global Perspectives in Comparative Education

ISBN 9780367362492
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
324 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This global collection brings a new perspective to the field of comparative education by presenting trust, capacity and accountability as the three building blocks of education systems and education system reform. In exploring how these three factors relate to student learning outcomes across different international contexts, this book provides a powerful framework for a more equal system. 

Drawing upon research and case studies from scholars, policymakers and experts from international agencies across five continents, this book shows how trust, capacity and accountability interact in ways and with consequences that vary among countries, pointing readers towards understanding potential leverage points for system change.

Trust, Accountability, and Capacity in Education System Reform illuminates how these three concepts are embedded in an institutional context temporally, socially and institutionally and offers an analysis that will be of use to researchers, policymakers and agencies working in comparative education and towards education system reform.

Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license available at

Table of Contents

1 Trust, capacity and accountability: three building blocks of education system reform
Melanie Ehren and Jacqueline Baxter

2 Governance of education systems; trust, accountability and capacity in hierarchies, markets and networks
Melanie Ehren and Jacqueline Baxter

3 Trust-based accountability in education: the role of intrinsic motivation
Frederique Six

4 Distrusting cultures and contexts and capacity for education system improvement
Jacqueline Baxter

5 Accountability to build school and system improvement capacity
Melanie Ehren and Reinhard Bachmann

6 Inner-group trust and school autonomy in a segregated school system; parental self-segregation in the Netherlands
Melanie Ehren

7 Trust and accountability in the contracting of school improvement: Austria’s quality management system
Herbert Altrichter

8 Hierarchical Structures with Networks for Accountability and Capacity building in Singapore: An Evolutionary Approach
Shu Shing Lee, Lee Yong Tay and Jeanne Ho

9 Educational technology to improve capacity; integrating adaptive education programs in public school in Kenya
Thomas Kaye

10 From Hierarchy and Market to Hierarchy and Network Governance in Chile: Enhancing Accountability, Capacity and Trust in Public Education
Carmen Montecinos, Alvaro Gonzalez and Melanie Ehren

11 Contrasting approaches, comparable efficacy? : How macro-level trust influences teacher accountability in Finland and Singapore
Yue-Yi Hwa

12 Distrust, accountability and capacity in South Africa’ Fragmented education system
Nomancotsho Pakade and Thokozani Chilenga-Butao

 13 Downward Spiral or Upward Trajectory?: Building a Public Profession to Meet the Shifting Technical, Social, and Political Demands of Education
Joshua L. Glazer and Jal Mehta

14 Trust, Capacity and Accountability: A Triptych for Improving Learning Outcomes
Melanie Ehren and Jacqueline Baxter

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Melanie Ehren is a professor in educational governance and the Director of research institute LEARN! at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an honorary professor at the UCL Institute of Education, UK.

Jacqueline Baxter is an associate professor in Public Policy and Management and the Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Online Business and Legal Education at The Open University, UK.