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Samverkan lärosäte-skola: en studie av Regionalt utvecklingscentrum som samarbetspart
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a study of a phenomenon in Swedish education: the RegionalDevelopment Centre (Regionalt utvecklingscentrum, RUC). Insetting up RUC, the Swedish state’s original intention was to enhancecollaboration between teacher education and training, research andschool development. RUC was specified in the appropriation directionsfor Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) that trained teachers in1997–2010. The purpose of this thesis is to clarify and analyse differinginterpretations and implications of RUC as a phenomenon and conceptualisethe task of addressing them in a changing education-policy context.Empirical sources for the study are central government publicationsand interviews with RUC representatives at 22 HEIs. This empiricalmaterial has been modified and analysed in four stages: a survey of RUCas a phenomenon, construal of ‘ideal types’ of RUC, testing of the construedideal types as analytical tools, and application of the construedideal types as analytical tools to gain an ‘explanatory understanding’ ofRUC. Through analysis of needs, actors and value, five ideal types empiricallybased on transcribed interviews are construed: the receiveroriented,trust-creating, region-boosting, conceptualising and salesorientedtypes. A model shows how these ideal types can be mutuallyunderstood and conceptualised. Examples are given, based on this model,of specific interpretations and implications that may fit each idealtype. RUC’s legitimacy in 2012 still entails a marked emphasis on RUCas a receiver-oriented associate. Three aspects enhancing the likelihoodof RUC, in 2012, being deemed important to retain at an HEI appear tobe the HEI’s goodwill towards RUC, its dependence on remits from theSwedish National Board of Education and schools’ research needs. Focusingmore on RUC as the region-boosting partner would mean oncemore uniting RUC’s role in teacher education with school developmentand research, but on the basis of ‘common needs’ within the frameworkof a distinct growth policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university , 2014. , 259 p.
Örebro Studies in Education, ISSN 1404-9570 ; 47
Keyword [en]
Regional Development Centre (RUC), education policy, collaboration, higher education institution (HEI), school education, ideal type, need, value, actor.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35319ISBN: 978-91-7529-036-2OAI: diva2:723556
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2014-09-26, Prismahuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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