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Local educational actors doing of curricula: A study of how local autonomy meets international and national quality policy rhetoric
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. (Utbildning & Demokrati, STEP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8409-9196
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN 1654-2290, E-ISSN 2245-0157, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies how local autonomy meets international and national quality policy rhetoric. The research question asked is: How can the local doing of education be understood in relation to international and national quality policy rhetoric, and how does this affect teachers’ autonomy to realise nationally formulated goals? To answer this, two sets of theoretical concepts are combined: horizon of expectation and space of experience (Koselleck, 2002) and autonomy and control (Cribb & Gewirtz, 2007). An earlier study (Bergh, 2010) of how the use of the quality concept has successively changed in Swedish authoritative educational texts from the 1990s and onwards provides a broader context for the local study, which empirically builds on interviews with local politicians, civil servants, school leaders and teachers. The results show that the national policy rhetoric has a strong impact on local practice, but also that certain interpretations are taken further in the local context, such as an emphasis on market forces. Although possible conflicts in the national context are concealed by the use of positive concepts like quality, these conflicts eventually erupt in the local setting, often with far reaching consequences for its different actors and for the education in question. 

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Co-Action Publishing , 2015. no 2
Keyword [en]
quality; conceptual history; autonomy; control; teacher; Sweden
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-50272DOI: 10.3402/nstep.v1.28146OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-50272DiVA: diva2:927627
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-12 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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