Accountability, Equity, and Practitioner Learning and Change

  • Estella Mara Bensimon University of Southern California
  • Frank Harris III University of Southern California
Keywords: Higher Education, Accountability, Cultures of Evidence


Accountability and evidence-based decision-making have become the mantra of government, policymakers, and even private foundations. Yet most attempts to foster cultures of evidence have not brought about change in practices, notably because they are treated as management tools rather than learning processes. "Equity for All" is an approach to accountability that is grounded on the principles of practice theory and sociocultural theories of learning. The authors provide empirical evidence to illustrate practitioner learning.