Thomas Höhne

Educational Politics of Models – School Awards as Best Practice


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School awards have become an important instrument for school development. The analysis of the program of The German School Award [“Deutscher Schulpreis”] shows that awarding the ‘best schools’ aims at a system of best practice for other schools. The hypothesis is that this best practice strategy contributes to a rationalization of the school development with corresponding effects of economization.

school awards, best practice, benchmarking, economization, new governance, competition, rationalization