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Learning from, coping with: Inspection work in the evaluation society - a Swedish report
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

School inspection involves multiple forms of governing. Inspection activities are regulative, inquisitive and meditative (Jacobsson 2010) and correspondingly initiate different forms of ”inspection work” in schools and governing bodies. The aim of this paper is to explore inspection work carried out before, during and after inspection events. The paper is based on document analysis of forms and accounts sent to the Swedish schools inspectorate and interviews with head teachers and responsible key actors within municipalities and independent school chains. Preliminary results show that inspection work is geared to internalisation and routinization of evaluative thinking and documentation: Quality assurance, or “systematic quality work”, has become the new panacea in the “evaluation society” (Dahler-Larsen 2012). Inspection work is rendered possible by transparent inspection schemes which govern in advance. The inspectees turn their organizations inside out and learn to cope with inspection by adaptation or even strategic behaviour. Coping with inspection also involves translation of bureaucratic demands and negative feedback into organizational learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-80697DiVA: diva2:651087
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European Conference of Educational Research, ECER 2013, Creativity and Innovation in Educational Research
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-09-24 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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