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ERIC Number: EJ1072855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Sense-Making in a Temporary Organization: Implementing a New Curriculum in a Swedish Municipality
Nordholm, Daniel Erik
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v59 n5 p531-545 2015
This article explores sense-making in a municipality-led temporary organization established in response to the introduction of a new curriculum and marking system in Sweden. Qualitative data were extracted from audio-recorded interviews (n = 18) and observations of central subject group meetings (n = 6). By applying core elements of sociological theories of sense-making, the findings suggest that participants established coherent knowledge structures by pragmatic task interpretation and reduction of complexity in connection with disruptions of the work. The forms of complexity reduced were related to the specific tasks assigned and the separate, short-term nature of the organizational units. The article concludes that the process of sense-making impacts the character and outcome of development efforts by temporary organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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