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Learning education policy and inspection: two Swedish case narratives
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Mittuniversitetet, Härnösand.
2013 (English)In: European Conference for Educational Research, Istanbul, September 9-13, 2013: Governing by inspection: school inspection as brokering and mediating work, Network 23, 2013, 1-17 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Throughout Europe and with the support of the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates (SICI), school inspection has become one of the more visible means to govern education (Lawn & Grek 2012). This education and inspection policy is mediated, brokered, translated and learned through networked activities where the global/European meet the national/local, giving national and local ‘uptake’ a variety of characteristics (Grek & Ozga 2012, Sassen 2007). In this paper we explore the local features of this ‘uptake’ as processes of policy learning in the interaction between schools and inspectors. Drawing theoretically on Jacobsson’s notion of governing as increasingly done through meditative activities (Jacobsson 2006, 2010), we suggest that school actors learn education policy in the inspection process. Based on a rich and diverse material of observations of inspection visits, interviews with teachers, head teachers and inspectors, and school documents, inspection reports and decisions, we portray how governing education is done through inspection processes in two Swedish schools. The case narratives underscore the importance of local context in these governing and learning processes.

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2013. 1-17 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81430OAI: diva2:655245
European Conference for Educational Research, Istanbul, September 9-13, 2013
Available from: 2013-10-10 Created: 2013-10-10 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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