Accountability & Improvement in “Higher” and “Lower” Performing Countries

To extend my work on capacity-building in the US, I have pursued a number of studies looking at the improvement efforts in “higher” performing countries (like Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore) and “lower” performing countries (like the US and Norway).  This work draws both upon my research on policies and interviews with policymakers as well as my children’s experiences going to school in the US and (at various points) in Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.

For the reports on my studies of improvement and accountability in “higher” and “lower” performing countries:

Hatch, T.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Conference for Educational Research, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hatch, T. (2013). Beneath the surface of accountability: Answerability, responsibility and capacity-building in recent educational reforms in Norway. Journal of Educational Change, 14 (1), 1-15.

For accounts of how my children’s educational experiences influenced my thinking:

Hatch, T. (2014). Responsibility and accountability in (a Norwegian) context.  In M. Kornhaber & E. Winner, E. (Eds.), Mind, work, and life: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Howard Gardner’s 70th Birthday. Ediciones Mundi: Madrid.

Hatch, T. (2010).  What Norway (not Finland) can tell us about schoolsThe Answer Sheet Blog.

Karen Hammerness and I also wrote a series of blog posts for about two of our daughters’ educational experiences in Finland and our own explorations there, including:

A class schedule in Finland

First day at a new school

Professional autonomy (and interdependence?) among Finnish teachers

Assessment in Finland

The Finnish Core Curriculum Renewal

Educational change in Finland