• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Audit Culture

  • By: Peter M. Taubman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Audit culture, in general, refers to the implementation across a wide range of businesses and institutions of systems of regulation, in which questions of quality are subsumed by logics of management. The term began to be employed in the 1990s by British accountants, anthropologists, and sociologists to refer to the increasing use of regulatory mechanisms, designed to monitor and measure performance, in fields other than accounting, insurance, and finance, where the mechanisms originated. More recently, the term has been used to refer to and theorize the emergence within the human services of these regulatory practices and the language and values accompanying them. For example, terms such as performance outcomes, quality assurance, accountability, transparency, efficiency, best practices, stakeholder, benchmarking, and value added circulate within and anchor ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles