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Local enactment of the Swedish ‘advanced teacher reform’
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning och Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8409-9196
Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9735-3440
2018 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on a new form of governing that targets a selected group of teachers. Specifically, it analyses how the Swedish so-called advanced teacher reform is enacted at the local level and discusses its implications for teachers’ professionalism. The methodological approach enables a local analysis in a broader international policy context. Using characteristic elements from curriculum theory to analyse the relationship between different levels and elaborating on the linguistic turn of curriculum theory, three concepts are central in the analysis: enactment, linguistic criteria and professionalism. Empirically, the study draws on material from a two-year application process in a medium-sized municipality. The result demonstrates that the local enactment process is clearly influenced by transnational policy trends and that less allowance is made for teachers’ own experience-based knowledge in the second studied year. The linguistic analysis shows how the applicants using the ‘right concepts’ were selected to become ‘advanced teachers’. As complex and qualitative aspects disappeared from the agenda, this type of governing, with its standardized use of language, may reduce schools’ educational potential. Changes like this raise new questions about how schools can maintain and develop democratic and professional values whilst being exposed to new policy trends.

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2018.
Keyword [en]
Career reform, teacher; professionalism, governing, enactment, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66247DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2018.1436195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-66247DiVA, id: diva2:1194248
Available from: 2018-03-29 Created: 2018-03-29 Last updated: 2018-04-10Bibliographically approved

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