In order to increase the number of young people who complete upper secondary education, the Government of Greenland looked to implement high school reform.
ADDRESSING THE ISSUES
One of the reform's main goals was to create a more flexible educational system in which high schools offered the combination of a common core curriculum with the opportunity for students to choose supplementary subjects based on their individual skills and interests.
The philosophy behind the reforms was to create a culturally compatible educational system that strengthens native Greenlandic culture and identity.
Epinion was the chosen partner to evaluate the outcomes of the high school reform, focusing on the effects and results. The actual implementation and how it is perceived is of particular importance.
The evaluation of the high school reform in Greenland is a three-year process and is one of Epinion’s major evaluation projects, drawing on almost all methods within the field of market research.
The data collection includes field studies of all high schools, as well as questionnaires distributed to management groups, teachers and students. Furthermore, interviews are being conducted among management groups, teachers, students and student counselors.
The first-year evaluation was presented in four reports specified for each school and one transversal report. In addition to the five reports, Epinion has facilitated workshops for the Department of Education and for schools to present the evaluation findings.
Epinion´s evaluation serves as a tool for the individual high schools in Greenland as well as for the Department of Education to follow the implementation process.