ERIC Number: EJ1157397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
School Leaders' and Teachers' Work with National Test Results: Lost in Translation?
Gunnulfsen, Ann Elisabeth
Journal of Educational Change, v18 n4 p495-519 Nov 2017
Studies have shown that school leaders are important in work with large-scale policy reforms in schools. However, the issue of how school leaders and teachers discuss and enact policy is under-studied. This article explores the discursive processes in school leaders' and teachers' policy enactment as they construct responses to policy. The data consists of video recordings and observation of leadership meetings and teacher-team meetings. A critical discourse analytical approach combined with perspectives of policy enactment as a process of interpretation serve as analytical concepts. The findings indicate the school leaders act more as narrators and enthusiasts, while the deputy managers and teacher-team leaders are more messengers and enforcers. The teachers mostly keep the discursive role as critics and preventers of "overburdening." A main argument is that the policy expectation of using national test results as a tool to develop school quality and student learning seems to be lost in translation.
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Test Results, Administrator Role, Teacher Role, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Educational Change, Discourse Analysis, Video Technology, Observation, Meetings, Data Analysis, Knowledge Level, Expectation, Educational Quality
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