Quality assurance and evaluation (QAE) in Finnish compulsory schooling

a national model or just unintended effects of radical decentralisation?

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    This article traces quality assurance and evaluation (QAE) developments in Finnish compulsory schooling. The central question is this: Is there a Finnish model of QAE? We conclude that it may be a rhetorical overstatement to speak about a specific Finnish 'Model' of QAE in a strong sense. However, neither is it valid to conclude that what happens in Finnish QAE merely reflects the unintended effects of radical decentralisation. The Finnish consensus on certain issues in QAE could be characterised as silent, and based on antipathy rather than on conscious and articulated principles. Finnish hostility towards ranking, combined with a bureaucratic tradition and a developmental approach to QAE strengthened by radical municipal autonomy, has constructed two national and local embedded policies that have been rather effective in resisting a trans-national policy of testing and ranking. It is significant, however, that both represent a combination of conscious, unintended and contingent factors.
    Originalspråkengelska
    TidskriftJournal of Education Policy
    Volym24
    Utgåva2
    Sidor (från-till)163-178
    Antal sidor16
    ISSN0268-0939
    DOI
    StatusPublicerad - 2009
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