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Cultural Backgrounds and School Development: A Study of Scandinavian International Schools
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate if cultural backgrounds affect how staff from Scandinavian international schools view school development. The study is based on the alternative hypothesis that cultural backgrounds affect school development. A survey was sent to seven Scandinavian international schools with questions designed to detect the views respondents have on school development based on the two most prominent school development perspectives; school improvement and school effectiveness. I investigated and analyzed respondents’ views about their own development work at their school today and what they would like it to look like. In addition, I examined what processes and standards they considered important when engaged in school development work. Also, I wanted to see if there were any differences in views depending on where the respondents had had their higher education, were born, or if years spent in Scandinavia had influenced their views.

The results indicated that it is not statistically likely that respondents’ cultural backgrounds affect their views on school development. There could be many reasons for this outcome but since these have not been studied, I can only speculate. One reason could be that the majority of the respondents have spent more than ten years in Scandinavia which might have homogenized the respondents’ views on school development.  Another reason could be that the majority of the respondents come or have had their higher education in either an English speaking country or in Scandinavia.

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2013. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
New Public Management, Learning Organization, international schools, cultural background, school effectiveness research, school improvement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28260Local ID: PA:1OAI: diva2:632959
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Master programme in Educational Leadership and School Development, 60 hp
Available from: 2013-07-04 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2013-07-04Bibliographically approved

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