Trust Accountability and Capacity in Education System Reform book coverIn the short video clips below, Melanie Ehren and Jacqueline Baxter interview some of the chapter authors from the book Trust Accountability and Capacity in Education System Reform.

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.

The book can be pre-ordered here.


Chapter 1. Trust, capacity and accountability: three building blocks of education system reform

Melanie Ehren (University College London), Jacqueline Baxter (The Open University).

Chapter 2. Governance of education systems; trust, accountability and capacity in hierarchies, markets and networks

Melanie Ehren (University College London), Jacqueline Baxter (The Open University)

Chapter 3. Trust-based accountability in education: the role of intrinsic motivation

Frederique Six (Vrije University Amsterdam).

Chapter 4. Distrusting cultures and contexts and capacity for education system improvement

Jacqueline Baxter (The Open University).

Chapter 5. Accountability to build school and system improvement capacity 

Melanie Ehren (University College London) and Reinhard Bachmann (SOAS; University of London).

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

Melanie Ehren (University College London).

Chapter 7. Trust and accountability in the contracting of school improvement; Austria’s quality management system 

Herbert Altrichter (Johannes Kepler University, Linz).

Chapter 8. Hierarchical Structures with Networks for Accountability and Capacity building in Singapore: An Evolutionary Approach 

Shu Shing Lee, Lee Yong Tay and Jeanne Ho (NIE).

Chapter 9. Educational technology to improve capacity; integrating adaptive education programs in public school in Kenya

Tom Kaye (World Bank).

Chapter 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 (Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, UCL).

Chapter 11. Contrasting approaches, comparable efficacy? How macro-level trust influences teacher accountability in Finland and Singapore 

Yue-Yi Hwa (Cambridge University).

Chapter 12. Distrust, accountability and capacity in South Africa’ Fragmented education system

Nomancotsho Pakade and Thokozani Chilenga-Butao.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 14. Trust, Capacity and Accountability: A Triptych for Improving Learning Outcomes

Melanie Ehren (University College London), Jacqueline Baxter (The Open University).