22 SES 12 F JS, New Public Management and Standardization in Higher Educaton in Europe: Implications for Academic Work and Graduate Employability
Symposium Joint Session NW 22 with NW 23
The symposium on New Public Management and standardisation in higher education in Europe will discuss the policy developments in the past decade in European higher education landscape. In particular, the attention will be paid to the extent and understandings of New Public Management in different countries’ policy discourses as well as in the evidence on the implications of the changes these reforms brought about in the respective systems. Intended and unintended policy effects and reasons behind the success or failure of the reforms will be addressed. The papers in the symposium build on extant public management and higher education policy approaches, including governance models and policy implementation literature. In this regard, the case of Denmark will shed light on the most profound policy initiatives to foster goverance shifts in the Danish higher education. The paper on the higher education reforms in Hungary will elaborate on the role of trust in the implementation of New Public Management reforms in Hungary, especially with the focus on the implementation failure of performance agreements and contracts in the Hungarian higher education. The paper on the Dutch higher education system will elaborate on the intended and unintended effects of New Public Management on academic work roles and research productivity in the Dutch system. Finally, the Portguese contribution will elaborate on the link between the standardisation discourse in higher education poliicies in Portugal and graduate employability discourse. The papers use a variety of methods, such as document analysis, survey and interview analysis. The four contributions will go beyond the state of the art of the New Public Management in higher education literature as they will provide the critical accounts of the successful or failed impacts of reforms on a range of core aspects in higher education: academic performance, research productivity, graduated employability, and governance.
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00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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