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Sweden – Good Will on All Governance Levels Is Not Enough to Create Sustainable Improvement
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1981-7806
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.
2023 (English)In: Education and Democracy in the Nordic Countries: Making Sense of School Leadership, Policy, and Practice, Cham: Springer, 2023, , p. 13p. 75-87Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden as in the other Nordic countries schools are an important part of how individuals as well as society develops. How schools are led and governed therefore affects all citizens. In this chapter we discuss principals’ positions, responsibility, and expectation within the Swedish governance system. The chapter and our conclusions rest on current Swedish research and policy documents. In Sweden external expectations, support, and control from national and municipality (school owner) level has an increasing impact on the local schools. Traditions, values, and reforms puts a focus on contemporary change processes. In turn, these contemporary change processes affect to a high extent principal’s role and tasks in the local schools and create an increasing heterogeneity in prerequisites, expectations, and results. There is a strong will and high ambition to improve schools for better results on all governance levels, ambitions that often ask for fast effect which has backsides such as concurring reforms and a high turnover among school leaders.

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Cham: Springer, 2023. , p. 13p. 75-87
Series
Educational Governance Research, ISSN 2365-9548, E-ISSN 2365-9556 ; 21
Keywords [en]
Governance, Pedagogical leadership, Principals, Quality assurance, Reform, School improvement
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-212716DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-33195-4_6Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165979359ISBN: 978-3-031-33194-7 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-33195-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-212716DiVA, id: diva2:1788099
Available from: 2023-08-15 Created: 2023-08-15 Last updated: 2023-08-15Bibliographically approved

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