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In the public eye: Swedish schoolinspection and local newspapers exploring the audit–media relationship
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Department of Education, Mid-Sweden University.
2013 (English)In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 28, no 2, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the dual dependencies apparent at the intersection of the media society and the audit society by empirically exploring and discussing the relationship between Swedish local newspaper coverage and school inspection activities. The research questions pertain to the Inspectorate’s media strategy, how inspection is represented and conveyed, the messages sent, and who gets to speak. Literature on governance, and the role and function of the media in the wider audit society is applied theoretically. Four municipalities were selected to represent different demographical and economical structures and previous inspection experiences. The empirical material includes interviews with leading inspection officers and newspaper articles. The local newspapers portray the Inspectorate as a legitimate institution acting on behalf of and protecting the public, and even more so, the educational consumer. The current format used by the Inspectorate – a succinct reporting only on deviations – links with a favored format of the media, reinforcing the tight media–inspection relationship and leading to implications for education governance and policy

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 28, no 2, 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
school inspection, Sweden, media, strategy, governance, local news
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Political Science Educational Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58291DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2012.701668OAI: diva2:547642
Swedish Research Council, 2007-4031Swedish Research Council, 2009-5770
Available from: 2012-08-28 Created: 2012-08-28 Last updated: 2013-02-21Bibliographically approved

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