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Hover, H. C., Merok Paulsen, J., Nihlfors, E., Kofod, K. K., Kanervio, P. & Pulkkinen, S. (2014). Control and trust in local school governance. In: Lejf Moos & Jan Merok Paulsen (Ed.), School Boards in the Governance Process : . Dordrecht: Springer
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2014 (English)In: School Boards in the Governance Process  / [ed] Lejf Moos & Jan Merok Paulsen, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer, 2014
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89373 (URN)9783319054933 (ISBN)3319054937 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Moos, L., Merok Paulsen, J., Nihlfors, E., Kanervio, P. & Pulkkinen,, S. (2014). Educational Governance: Politics, Administration and Professionalism. In: Leif Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen (Ed.), School Boards in the Governance Process: . Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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2014 (English)In: School Boards in the Governance Process / [ed] Leif Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen, Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2014
National Category
Educational Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89376 (URN)9783319054933 (ISBN)3319054937 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Nihlfors, E. & Johansson, O. (2014). Låt rektor och förskoelchef få leda! (1ed.). In: E. Nihlfors och O. Johansson (Ed.), SKolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy: (pp. 231-239). Gleerups Utbildning AB
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2014 (Swedish)In: SKolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy / [ed] E. Nihlfors och O. Johansson, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2014, 1, p. 231-239Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2014 Edition: 1
National Category
Educational Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93722 (URN)9789140687647 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Merok Paulsen, J., Strand, M., Nihlfors, E., Brinkkjaer,, U., Kanervio, P. & Pulkkinen, S. (2014). Multi Level Governance. In: L. Moos, & J. Merok Paulsen (Ed.), Educational Governance research: . Dordretch: Springer
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2014 (English)In: Educational Governance research / [ed] L. Moos, & J. Merok Paulsen, Dordretch: Springer, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordretch: Springer, 2014
National Category
Educational Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89377 (URN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, O. & Nihlfors, E. (2014). Nationell utbildningspolitik möter kommunala genomförandestrukturer (1ed.). In: E. Nihlfors och O. Johansson (Ed.), Skolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy: (pp. 13-24). Gleerups Utbildning AB
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2014 (Swedish)In: Skolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy / [ed] E. Nihlfors och O. Johansson, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2014, 1, p. 13-24Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2014 Edition: 1
National Category
Educational Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93719 (URN)978-91-40-68764-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Nihlfors, E., Skedsmo, G., Merok Paulsen, J., Moos, L., Kanervio, P. & Pulkkinen, S. (2014). Role and influence of school boards in improving educational quality. In: Lejf Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen (Ed.), School Boards in the Governance Process: . Dordrecht: Springer International
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2014 (English)In: School Boards in the Governance Process / [ed] Lejf Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen, Dordrecht: Springer International , 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer International, 2014
National Category
Political Science Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89375 (URN)3319054937 (ISBN)9783319054933 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, O., Nihlfors, E. & Jervik Steen, L. (2014). School Boards in Sweden. In: Leif Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen (Ed.), School Boards in the Governance Process: (pp. 67-83). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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2014 (English)In: School Boards in the Governance Process / [ed] Leif Moos, & Jan Merok Paulsen, Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2014, p. 67-83Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The school law has strengthened the rights for the pupils and parents not only through the possibility to choose the school but also to test decisions taken by the law in court. The state inspection has a great number of possibilities to act against schools that don’t fulfill the law.

When the principal needed support, they gave their demands to the school owner. We call this “under-pressure”. Often the demands are about resources. These negotiations affect the relations between the principal and the school owner, as well as between principals, teachers, and parents who have often been involved.

The strong and direct state regulation of the schools, together with a separate system for the allocation of money between states and municipalities, seems to have strengthened the relation between the state and the school and weakened the relation between the schools and the municipality (Nihlfors E, Johansson O, Rektor – en stark länk i styrningen av skolan [The school principal-a strong linkage in school governing]. SNS Förlag, Stockholm, 2013).

At the same time, well-educated, dedicated board members with an interest in education work as spare-time politicians and want to make a difference. The communication with the principals is not frequent, and they heavily rely on the information from the superintendent. Also the board members look to the national level and trust the state inspection more than they trust their own evaluations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2014
Series
Educational Governance Research ; 1
National Category
Political Science Public Administration Studies Educational Sciences Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89372 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-05494-0_5 (DOI)978-3-319-05493-3 (ISBN)978-3-319-05494-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Nihlfors, E. & Johansson, O. (Eds.). (2014). Skolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy (1ed.). Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Skolledare i mötet mellan nationella mål och lokal policy
2014 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2014. p. 249 Edition: 1
Keywords
skolledare, yrkesroller
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Political Science Public Administration Studies Educational Sciences Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93718 (URN)9789140687647 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Merok Paulsen, J., Johansson, O., Moos, L., Nihlfors, E. & Risku, M. (2014). Superintendent leadership under shifting governance regimes. International Journal of Educational Management, 28(7), 813-822
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Management, ISSN 0951-354X, E-ISSN 1758-6518, Vol. 28, no 7, p. 813-822Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the superintendent position, its relation to the local political system and the function as superior of principals in the school district in order to illuminate important district-level conditions for student learning. Influences from historical legacies and policy cultures are investigated by means of cross-country case analyses.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on data from national surveys of superintendent leadership in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Findings

A key point is the observation of a mix-mode system of hard and soft governance. Municipalities, schools, teachers and pupils are – in different degrees across the Nordic countries – subjected to external evaluation and assessment by central control agencies, where the streams of reports, assessments and performance data are assembled. However, shifts in the governance systems are only modestly reflected in the self-reports on the superintendents’ role. Overall, superintendents in the cases express a self-preferred leadership style as professional learning facilitators who focus on pupil orientation, which positions the superintendent in “crossfires” between conflicting stakeholder demands.

Research limitations/implications

The paper reinforces the importance of superintendent leadership in local school governance. It underscores the importance that superintendents facilitate learning conditions for school leaders, teachers and students, which we see as a promising path for further research.

Originality/value

The paper provides empirical evidence regarding superintendent leadership situated in local social and political contexts within the Nordic countries. The cross-country analysis illuminates how path-pendent historical legacies mediate current reform trends.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014
Keywords
Quality assurance, School governance, School principals, Educational governance, Superintendent leadership, School district
National Category
Political Science Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93745 (URN)10.1108/IJEM-07-2013-0103 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, O. & Nihlfors, E. (2014). The Swedish superintendent in the governing structure of the school system. In: Nir, Adam E. (Ed.), The educational superintendent between trust and regulation: an international perspective (pp. 193-206). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Swedish superintendent in the governing structure of the school system
2014 (English)In: The educational superintendent between trust and regulation: an international perspective / [ed] Nir, Adam E., Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014, p. 193-206Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014
Series
Education in a competitive and globalizing world series
National Category
Educational Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89379 (URN)9781629489827 (ISBN)1629489824 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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