Long- term effects of amalgamating of upper secondary schools. A contribution to evaluation methodology

  • Hans Petter Saxi University of Nordland

Abstract

Amalgamating public organisations is one of the most used strategies for improving welfare production in the Western world. The reformers expect that merging units will facilitate scale advantages leading to reduced overhead costs and increased specialisation. However, these expectations are often dashed by evaluation studies. This gap between the great expectations held by the reformers, and the evidence collected by the evaluators can be explained by way of evaluation methodology. Too often, the evaluations are conducted too early. This article is based on a longitudinal case study, and demonstrates that the perceived effects of the amalgamating of upper-secondary schools can change dramatically in the course of time. One conclusion is that longitudinal studies have methodological limitations, but they should still be conducted more often in evaluation research. 

(Published: 14 February, 2017)

Citation: Hans Petter Saxi. ‘‘Long-term effects of amalgamating of upper secondary schools. A contribution to evaluation methodology.’’ Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk og kritikk, Vol. 3, 2017, pp. 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.23865/ntpk.v3.244


 

 

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Author Biography

Hans Petter Saxi, University of Nordland
Associate professor in political science at the Departement of Social Sciences
Published
2017-02-14
Section
Original Research Articles
How to Cite
SAXI, Hans Petter. Long- term effects of amalgamating of upper secondary schools. A contribution to evaluation methodology. Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk og kritikk, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, feb. 2017. ISSN 2387-5739. Available at: <https://pedagogikkogkritikk.no/index.php/ntpk/article/view/244>. Date accessed: 26 june 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.23865/ntpk.v3.244.

Keywords

long-term effects; methodology; the amalgamating of upper secondary schools