North by Northwest: Quality Assurance Processes in European Schooling

Sotiria Grek, Martin Lawn, Bob Lingard, Janne Varjo

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Governing processes in Europe and within Europeanization are often opaque and appearances can deceive. The normative practices of improvement in education, and the connected growth in performance measurement, have been largely understood in their own terms. However, the management of flows of information through quality assurance can be examined as a new form of governance, not just at the national level but within the broad policyscape of the European Union.

The shaping of policy through data and the constant comparison for improvement against competition has come to be the standard by which public systems are judged. Indeed, public systems of education are recreated, and Europe is formed. The mediation of travelling policies and policy discourses across Europe constitute a polymorphic policyscape in which quality assurance and evaluation (QAE) has become a major instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-133
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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