The question of quality has become one of the most important framing factors in education and has been of growing interest to international organisations and national policymakers for decades. Politics of Quality in Education focuses on Brazil, China, and Russia, part of the so-called emerging nations’ BRICS block, and draws on a four-year project to develop a new theoretical and methodological approach.

The book builds a comparative, sociohistorical, and transnational understanding of political relations in education, with a particular focus on the policies and practices of Quality Assurance and Evaluation (QAE). Tracking QAE processes from international organisations to individual schools, contributors analyse how QAE changes the dynamics in the roles of state, expertise, and governance. The book demonstrates how national and sub-national actors play a central role in the adaptation, modification or rejection of transnational policies.

Politics of Quality in Education will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of comparative and international education, as well as educational policy and politics. It should also be essential reading for practitioners and policymakers.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351362528, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|17 pages

Comparing politics of quality in education

ByJaakko Kauko, Tuomas Takala, Risto Rinne
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chapter 2|26 pages

Layers of reflectivity in comparative research

ByJaakko Kauko, Vera Gorodski Centeno, Nelli Piattoeva, Helena Candido, Galina Gurova, Anna Medvedeva, Íris Santos, Olli Suominen, Xingguo Zhou
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chapter 3|27 pages

Historical paths to shared interest in quality assurance and evaluation

ByOlli Suominen, Vera Gorodski Centeno, Galina Gurova, Johanna Kallo, Xingguo Zhou
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chapter 4|20 pages

Established and emerging actors in the national political arenas

ByJaakko Kauko, Olli Suominen, Vera Gorodski Centeno, Nelli Piattoeva, Tuomas Takala
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chapter 5|24 pages

Changing expertise and the state

ByRisto Rinne, Xingguo Zhou, Jaakko Kauko, Romuald Normand, Anna Medvedeva, Íris Santos
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chapter 6|22 pages

Governance by data circulation? The production, availability, and use of national large-scale assessment dataNelli Piattoeva et al.

ByNelli Piattoeva, Vera Gorodski Centeno, Olli Suominen, Risto Rinne
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chapter 7|24 pages

Effects of quality assurance and evaluation on schools’ room for action

ByGalina Gurova, Helena Candido, Xingguo Zhou
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chapter 8|19 pages

Alternative views of the future of quality assurance and evaluation

ByJohanna Kallo, Tuomas Takala, Vera Gorodski Centeno, Olli Suominen
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chapter 9|11 pages


ByJaakko Kauko, Risto Rinne, Tuomas Takala
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