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Enacting a national reform interval in times of uncertainty: evaluation gluttony among the willing
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0209-558X
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 119-138Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter offers an empirical illustration of the governing-evaluation-knowledge nexus by pinpointing a particular situation, a pause between two national evaluation and quality assurance (EQA) reforms, while a new national system was being planned and prepared, but its final design was not yet decided upon. This situation – unusual in the Swedish higher education policy context – adds uncertainty to the situation and opens a potential space for policymakers and higher education institutions (HEIs) to navigate. We draw on interviews and documents collected from four HEIs during this reform interval. We analyse and discuss how the four institutions navigate, coordinate, mobilise, copy, and learn in a situation without a formal national EQA system in place but in which the wider higher education policy context is deeply infused with contemporary trends and international policies and ideas on quality assurance (QA). We found that context and institutional preconditions set their mark on the work undertaken during this interval. We also discerned tendencies of homogenisation and isomorphism. Finally, we highlight the tendency of further expansion of EQA activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019. p. 119-138
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords [en]
Anticipatory governing, Enactment, Expansion, Isomorphism, Quality assurance reform
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165811DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_7ISBN: 978-3-030-21143-1 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-030-21142-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165811DiVA, id: diva2:1375112