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ERIC Number: EJ1152366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
National Testing: Gains or Strains? School Leaders' Responses to Policy Demands
Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth; Møller, Jorunn
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v16 n3 p455-474 2017
Studies have shown that principals are essential in successfully implementing large-scale policy reforms in schools. However, the issue of how school leaders interpret and transform reforms is understudied. This article explores how twelve Norwegian school leaders respond to external demands in a new policy context emphasizing national test results. The study aims to explore school-level aspects of policy interpretation. The distinction between external and internal accountability and different coupling mechanisms serve as analytical concepts. The findings involving symbolic responses and interpretations that fit with preexisting understanding suggest the school leaders were not directly governed by the new policy context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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