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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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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; Carlbaum, Sara; Hult, Agneta; Lindgren, Lena; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2016
This article synthesises the role of evaluation at the municipal, school, classroom and parental levels of governance, and discusses the results of the articles appearing in this special issue. The discussion concerns the role of evaluation in school governance, the value of evaluation for local school development, the constitutive effects of…
Descriptors: Governance, School Districts, Institutional Evaluation, School Choice
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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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Hult, Agneta; Lundström, Ulf; Edström, Charlotta – Education Inquiry, 2016
The evaluation trend in the global education field implies new professional challenges for school principals. The purpose of this article is to describe and analyse Swedish school principals' experiences of prevailing evaluations and the implications for the profession. Specifically, we examine: a) how principals respond to evaluations and their…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Administrator Responsibility, Accountability
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Hanberger, Anders; Lindgren, Lena; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2016
This paper explores the use, functions and constitutive effects of evaluation systems in local school governance, and identifies how contextual factors affect various uses of evaluation in this context. This case study of three Swedish municipalities demonstrates that local evaluation systems are set up to effectively sustain local school…
Descriptors: School Districts, Governance, Decision Making, Case Studies
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Haglund, Björn – Education Inquiry, 2015
Swedish leisure-time centres were formerly part of Swedish social and family policies but were transferred to an educational context in the 1990s. This transfer was accentuated by both the Education Act of 2010 and the new teacher training established in 2011, which also included education particularly directed for leisure-time centres. The…
Descriptors: Leisure Time, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Sjöberg, Lena – Education Inquiry, 2014
In this article Foucault's theoretical concept of governmentality is used to scrutinise the ways in which the ideal pupil is constructed, governed and positioned in and through teacher training in Sweden. The analysis focuses on the construction of subject positions as well as governing technologies and techniques operating in the shaping of the…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Teacher Education, Governance, Entrepreneurship
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Landri, Paolo – Education Inquiry, 2014
This article reflects on the fabrication of austerity in the Italian education system during the recent financial crisis and the resulting economic stagnation in the economic outlook. In particular, it describes the construction and emerging configuration of a mode of educational governance where standards, data analysis and performances play a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Financial Exigency, Educational Finance, Governance
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Nordin, Andreas – Education Inquiry, 2014
Around the mid-2000s a crisis discourse emerged in educational policy-making in the EU and in Sweden. Using the EU and Sweden as empirical references, this article explores how this crisis discourse has been and is employed by politicians and NGOs. Discourse Institutionalism is used as an overall theoretical framework focusing on how the crisis…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Educational Change, Discourse Analysis
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Clarke, John; Baxter, Jacqueline – Education Inquiry, 2014
In this paper, we explore some of the keywords around which the practice of school inspection is ordered in England. As part of a project that explores the role of inspection in governing schooling in England, Scotland and Sweden, we have examined some of the key sources through which Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, School Visitation, Accountability
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Junemann, Carolina; Ball, Stephen J. – Education Inquiry, 2013
This paper addresses some recent changes in the landscape of state education in England. In particular, it focuses on the way in which Academies, state-funded independent schools introduced by New Labour and now being drastically extended and taken further by the Coalition government, are contributing to the ongoing and increasing blurring of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Charter Schools, Educational Policy
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Grimaldi, Emiliano; Serpieri, Roberto – Education Inquiry, 2013
Philanthropies and private foundations are increasingly acting as key nodes of the policy assemblages through which neoliberal and neomanagerialist policies are entering the field of education in Italy. In a country where public school 'ineffectiveness' and 'resistance to innovation' are taken for granted nowadays, policy…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Neoliberalism, School Effectiveness, Entrepreneurship
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Lundahl, Lisbeth; Arreman, Inger Erixon; Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2013
Sweden has commonly been regarded as a striking example of a social democratic welfare-state regime (Esping-Andersen 1996), characterized by strong state governance and active involvement in welfare matters. In the last two decades, however, the Swedish public sector and education system have been radically and extensively transformed in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Commercialization, Educational Policy
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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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