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ERIC Number: ED574641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-15
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Privatization or Public Investment in Education? Research & Policy Brief
Adamson, Frank
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
Policymakers worldwide are trying to figure how best to organize, govern, and support their education systems. They must manage multiple goals, such as workforce development, nurturing knowledgeable citizens, and ensuring educational opportunity. Some countries approach these issues with a public investment in teacher professionalization and a focus on equity of student outcomes, while others use a market-based, privatization approach to education. In this SCOPE brief report, Frank Adamson compares pairs of countries using these two different approaches. The data suggest that the education sector is better served by a public investment approach that supports each and every child than by a market-based, competition approach that creates winners and losers. While competition might work in sports leagues, countries should not create education systems in which children lose in the classroom. Adamson explains how and why some children can lose in a privatized system and makes recommendations to ensure that all children receive equitable, high quality educational opportunities. [This brief presents key findings and policy recommendations from the book, "Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes" (ED574655).]
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Barnum Center 505 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. Tel: 650-725-8600; Fax: 650-736-1682; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Open Society Foundations (OSF)
Authoring Institution: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden; Canada; United States; Chile; Cuba
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment