When Professions Shape Politics: The Case of Accountability in K-12 and Higher Education
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CitationMehta, J. 2013. “When Professions Shape Politics: The Case of Accountability in K-12 and Higher Education.” Educational Policy 28 (6) (June 18): 881–915. doi:10.1177/0895904813492380.
AbstractProfessionalization is an important but overlooked dimension in education politics, particularly the politics of accountability. To isolate the importance of professionalization, this article compares accountability movements in K-12 education with similar movements in higher education. I draw on three pairs of reports that have sought to impose accountability between 1983 and 2006, in each case comparing a report on K-12 with a similar report on higher education. I find that calls for accountability in both sectors have intensified over the period under study, but that higher education has been much more protected from accountability pressures by its greater degree of professionalization, its reputation, its greater share in the private sector, and its decentralized professional autonomy. In conclusion, I connect the findings to broader debates about professionalism and the future of accountability in the two sectors.
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