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'We are doing well on QAE': the case of Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2009 (English)In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 24, no 2, 195-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The paper analyses quality assurance and evaluation (QAE) policy and activities in mandatory schooling at national level in Sweden. Two studies are reported: a textual analysis of national policy documents concerning QAE, and an interview study conducted with national policy brokers. Questions addressed are: What are the characteristics of Swedish QAE activities? What European and international ideas on QAE are considered relevant to Swedish national policy? To what degree is international QAE policy disseminated across the Swedish school system? And, does Sweden influence international QAE policy in any way? QAE activities are analysed in relation to the European Union's and international organisations' efforts to influence national education policy. Results show that Sweden was historically early equipped with means to control quality in schooling. By the end of the 1990s, there was a marked increase in national regulations, increasing the number of QAE activities directed at Swedish schooling. The development of QAE in Sweden, therefore, has been related to a shift in governing policies and practices towards governing by objectives and results; and national QAE policies have successively strengthened this governing doctrine. Finally, Swedish national brokers maintain an image of doing quite well on QAE policy and practice compared to other European countries.

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Routledge, 2009. Vol. 24, no 2, 195-209 p.
Keyword [en]
educational evaluation, national governing, policy brokers, quality assurance
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-116052DOI: 10.1080/02680930902734103ISI: 000264375800006OAI: diva2:902925
Available from: 2016-02-12 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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