Governing Education in a Complex World
Governing Education in a Complex World, a new publication by the OECD, addresses challenges involved in governing modern education systems, looking specifically at complexity, accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking.
The publication provides a "state of the art analysis and a fresh perspective on some of the most challenging issues facing educational systems today." Our summary of the article is produced below:
Governance in complex systems: Effective modern governance requires coordinated system-wide change involving a broad set of actors.
Accountability and stakeholder involvement in complex systems: A constructive accountability system that balances the monitoring and pressure required to ensure efficient system functioning with support for improvement is crucial.
Capacity building and the use of knowledge: Local capacity building must be aligned with system vision and include a greater role of practitioners in knowledge production.
Innovative and strategic governance (the role of policy experimentation and risktaking): Taking risks and learning from failure is essential for innovation and the evolution of education systems. Controlled experimentation is one way forward.
The way forward: lessons learnt, and one essential ingredient: Legitimate trust is a cornerstone of effective and efficient governance.
Learn more about our collaborative work with the OECD's Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher.