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Taking inspection in one’s own hands: local enactments of Swedish national school inspection
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)In: ECER 2012, European Conference of Educational Research, Cádiz, Spain, September 17-21, 2012, ECER , 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In general, the political belief in school inspection as a means to effectively govern education is strong. At the same time, contemporary education policy is formulated, negotiated and implemented in an era of far reaching attempts to base policy making on 'evidence'. In this light, it is interesting to note that actually little is known about the effects and consequences of school inspection (Gaertner & Pant, 2011). This paper provides empirical illustrations of local functions of Swedish national inspection - how head teachers, teachers and officers from responsible authorities make use of inspection in order to promote their agendas. It highlights the ways in which these local functions may or may not challenge and/or extend beyond the politically anticipated effects and impacts. This paper draws on the concept of constitutive effects, which attempts to capture the inherently political and contested nature of identifying and studying effects (Dahler Larsen, 2011a). The empirical basis for the discussion are qualitative case study data from twelve Swedish compulsory schools, including for instance interviews with teachers, head teachers and municipal officers etc.

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ECER , 2012.
Keyword [en]
School inspection, implementation, policy enactment, mobilization, Sweden
National Category
Political Science Educational Sciences
Research subject
statskunskap; Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60809OAI: diva2:563272
ECER 2012, European Conference of Educational Research, The Need for Educational Research to Champion Freedom, Education and Development for All, Cádiz, Spain, September 17-21, 2012
Swedish Research Council, 2007-4031
Available from: 2012-10-29 Created: 2012-10-29 Last updated: 2014-11-18Bibliographically approved

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