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Mediating school inspection: Key dimensions and keywords in agency text production 2003-2010
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Pedagogiska institutionen, Mittuniversitetet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 3, no 4, 569-590 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on an analysis of how school inspection in Sweden – its aims, directions and procedures – is portrayed in texts produced by the responsible national authorities. The study involves a textual analysis of official annual accounts and plans (texts directed to the government,municipalities, schools and the public) produced by the National Agency for Education and the Swedish Schools Inspectorate. The analysis concentrates on key concepts conveying the dominant ideas of inspection and education. The analysis is structured around four dimensions that arebased on an understanding of inspection as education governance and on the characteristics of the Swedish education system. The results suggest that the rhetoric and dominant ideas of school inspection changed when the responsibility for inspection was transferred to the Swedish Schools Inspectorate in the autumn of 2008. Key concepts before that time are more supportive of schools and municipalities, recognising local conditions. Later, a language with the intention of detecting shortcomings and supporting an ideology of individual rights and juridification is apparent.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012. Vol. 3, no 4, 569-590 p.
Keyword [en]
School inspection, education governance, the inspectable school, equivalence, juridification
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61521OAI: diva2:570339
Governing by inspection
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5770Swedish Research Council, 2007-3579
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2012-11-30Bibliographically approved

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