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ERIC Number: EJ1146264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1365-4802
Innovation Practices in Schools: The Impact of Different Models of Organization on the Practice of Norwegian Municipalities
Jentoft, Nina
Improving Schools, v20 n2 p161-177 Jul 2017
Services provided by primary schools have a significant impact on citizens' living conditions. We need more knowledge of how innovation activities in primary schools should be organized and managed. This article addresses this gap by raising the following question: "Why do municipalities have different ways of organizing preventive work in primary schools and what impact do different organizational approaches have on professionals' judgement and their decisions to call attention to children at risk, their response patterns and interdisciplinary/interagency cooperation?" The qualitative exploration of these questions is based on in-depth interviews with head teachers and teachers in 10 Norwegian municipalities. My findings indicate that institutional entrepreneurship can be essential in creating an arena for "bricolage" or collaborative processes and that, through a new organizational approach, an altered institutional framework contributes to building cooperation among professionals and gives a basis for incremental innovations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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