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Measuring privatisation in education: methodological challenges and possibilities

Winchip, Emily; Stevenson, Howard; Milner, Alison


Emily Winchip

Howard Stevenson

Alison Milner


As the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) spreads, key questions which attempt to identify both the nature and the increasing scope and scale of this phenomenon become empirically significant. The concern of this article is to highlight some of the complexities of measuring one key element of the GERM: the privatisation of public education systems. Exploring indicators of privatisation through a set of methods for analysing Likert-style data, Mokken scale analysis and Rasch analysis, we generate a scale to measure an educational phenomenon so complex that it can appear to defy measurement. Our intention is to demonstrate that complex phenomena should not be oversimplified for the purpose of generating numeric data and that measurement is possible. The results, drawn from a European-wide survey, portray a nuanced pattern of privatisation at this regional level in which public funding and ownership remain important but schools are commonly adopting a wide range of ‘private-like’ practices.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 5, 2018
Print ISSN 0013-1911
Electronic ISSN 1465-3397
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Winchip, E., Stevenson, H., & Milner, A. (2018). Measuring privatisation in education: methodological challenges and possibilities. Educational Review, doi:10.1080/00131911.2019.1524197
Keywords Privatisation, Mokken scale analysis, Rasch analysis, Global Education Reform Movement.
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Educational Review on 05/10/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00131911.2019.1524197


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