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Kommuners insatser för att främja elevnärvaro i grundskolan: en studie om två kommuners styrning ur ett organisationsteoretiskt perspektiv
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Municipalities’ efforts to improve student attendance in elementary school : a study about two municipalities’ governance from an organisational perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

Even though it is prescribed by law in Sweden that children in elementary school must fulfil a compulsory education, a significant number of students are absent. The aim of this thesis is therefore to analyse two municipalities’, Halmstad and Borås, efforts to improve student attendance in elementary school. The two municipalities are of middle size with approximately the same number of citizens and elementary schools. Both municipalities, that have large autonomy, have recently developed new policies regarding how schools should manage absence in elementary school. By studying these policies and interviewing responsible authorities, principals and representatives from student health care, the goal is to find out what governance models characterize the municipalities’ efforts to promote attendance in school. The methods used are of a qualitative character and the interviews semi-structured. The theoretical framework concentrates on organization theory, such as management models, instrumental, mythical and culture perspectives and evaluation.

 

The results found show that the management model is strongly dominating the governance within the educational system. However, the practical methods used to promote school attendance depend in wide measures on experience and values among the actors working with the students, indicating a cultural perspective. Since the management model is dominating the governance of the school system, and this model highlights public servants’ acting space, the actors’ values and interpretations become important factors for the outcome.

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2019. , p. 71
Keywords [en]
school absence, policies, governance, organization theory, management model, culture perspective, evaluation
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159324ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--19/03175--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159324DiVA, id: diva2:1341008
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Master Thesis in Political Science
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