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Varjo, Janne; Kalalahti, Mira – Education Inquiry, 2019
Since the 1980s, numerous education reforms in Europe and beyond have sought to dismantle centralised bureaucracies and replace them with devolved systems of schooling that emphasise parental choice and competition between diversified types of schools. Despite this general trend, Finland continues to emphasise the municipal assignment of school…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Educational Change, School Choice, Administrative Organization
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Hall, Jeffrey Brooks – Education Inquiry, 2018
State school inspection in Norway has undergone multiple reform initiatives from the state level, a system predominantly aimed at controlling legal compliance of school districts and individual schools. Rather than focusing on policy reform, this article draws attention to how enactment of state inspection policy has taken place through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Compliance (Legal), Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Holmberg, Linnéa – Education Inquiry, 2017
The focus of this article is to analyze the systematic quality management of educational settings the way it is present in Swedish leisure-time centers. The study explores how the production of both systematic reporting and documentation works through self technologies in this discursive practice. The analysis will illustrate and discuss how the…
Descriptors: Leisure Time, Educational Quality, Educational Administration, Discourse Analysis
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Lindgren, Lena; Hanberger, Anders; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2016
Evaluation systems of various types are an integral part of a country's education policy space, within which they are supposed to have the basic functions of enhancing accountability and supporting school development. Here we argue that in a crowded policy space evaluation systems may interfere with each other in a way that can have unintended…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Accountability, Evaluation Methods, School Effectiveness
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Hanberger, Anders – Education Inquiry, 2016
This article develops a conceptual framework for exploring the role and consequences of evaluation at the local level of school governance. It also provides a frame of reference for the articles in this special issue on the role of evaluation in local school governance in Sweden. It consists of key concepts, three models of decentralised…
Descriptors: Governance, Institutional Evaluation, School Administration, School Districts
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Wermke, Wieland; Höstfält, Gabriella – Education Inquiry, 2014
The article presents different models of comparative education by discussing the government committee reports (SOU) which prepared the Swedish teacher education reforms of 2001 and 2011. These serve as examples for different kinds of policy borrowing from an international Bologna process discourse in national government document. The article…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Change, International Cooperation, Educational Cooperation
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Mølstad, Christina Elde; Hansén, Sven-Erik – Education Inquiry, 2013
Traditionally, the Nordic curriculum has been viewed as a document with school subjects in focus. This article reports on how two national curricula function as instruments for governing education and explores the possible differences in how national curricula govern education. This investigation was carried out by researching curricula for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, National Curriculum, Governance
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Arnesen, Anne-Lise – Education Inquiry, 2011
In this article, inclusive education is analysed from the perspective of the interlinked, dynamic relationship between international neo-liberal movements and national policies and practices. The aim is to explore the significance of "competence" in recent Norwegian reforms and the changing position attributed to inclusion. The analysis…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
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Ozga, Jenny – Education Inquiry, 2011
New public management and the neo-liberal principles that sustain it have driven performance agendas in government across Europe and beyond. This has produced a loss of the traditional role of education in creating a coherent and persuasive collective myth of belonging, identity or purpose. This chapter discusses current developments in the policy…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Educational Policy, Neoliberalism, Role of Education
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Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2011
The Swedish education system has undergone major restructuring since the early 1990s. The new policy, including e.g. decentralisation, accountability, school choice and a tax-funded voucher system, has led to an expanding "school market". This article explores how upper secondary school principals perceive the increased competition among…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy
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Alexiadou, Nafsika – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article reviews the changing relationships between education policies and their links to social disadvantage and conceptions of school leadership. The argument is that definitions of leadership evolve as the assumptions underpinning the relationships between society, the economy and education institutions change. The article draws on the case…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Instructional Leadership, Role of Education, Educational History
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Rönnberg, Linda – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article focuses on the role of the state in the context of an increasing market orientation in Swedish education policy. It asks if and how a market orientation and privatisation can be reconciled with attempts to reestablish central output control. The controlling function of the state is emphasised in the form of efforts to inspect both…
Descriptors: Marketing, Inspection, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Francia, Guadalupe – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article employs Social Representations Theory as a theoretical instrument to analyse the right of children to an equitable education. It analyses how social representations of students and students' performances can be used by political actors as an interpretation system to manage contradictions in the equity education policies implemented in…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Equal Education, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education
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Hudson, Christine – Education Inquiry, 2011
Public sector reform involving decentralisation and marketisation has led to "soft" indirect forms of governance aimed at steering more fragmented systems. Although based on information and guidance rather than hierarchy and legislation, these new methods of regulating through evaluation and quality control may be as powerful as more…
Descriptors: Governance, Compulsory Education, Educational Change, Administrative Organization
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Lindgren, Joakim – Education Inquiry, 2010
The decentralised Swedish school system has become increasingly directed to the construction of self-governing and responsible pedagogic identities that are supposed to enable integration and participation. Drawing on the work of the geographer Edward W. Soja, I acknowledge how material and symbolic spatialisation intersect with the local…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Social Isolation, Socioeconomic Influences