Introduction: Accountability and datafication in education: Historical, transnational and conceptual perspectives

Sotiria Grek, Christian Maroy, Antoni Verger

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Accountability has become a buzzword used not only in media and academic debates, but also at the political, regulatory and legislative levels. This chapter summarizes in conceptual terms the notion of performance-based accountability (PBA) and elaborates how and why it could be considered as a policy instrument, that is related to data and quantification, from a political sociology perspective. It presents the main inquiry lines in the configuration of a comprehensive research agenda on accountability, datafication and education, and how the book’s contents relate to it. The performance-based accountability mechanisms are the bearers of a redefinition of governance and regulations existing between the state and the organizations and actors in the field of education. They redefine the relationships and roles between governors and governed, establishing new objects, new modalities and new accountability and responsibility relationships within the school sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Yearbook of Education 2021
Subtitle of host publicationAccountability and Datafication in the Governance of Education
EditorsSotiria Grek, Christian Maroy, Antoni Verger
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781003014164
ISBN (Print)9780367856502
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020

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NameWorld Yearbook of Education


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