ERIC Number: EJ1055625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
State School Inspection Policy in Norway and Sweden (2002-2012): A Reconfiguration of Governing Modes?
Hall, Jeffrey Brooks; Sivesind, Kirsten
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n3 p429-458 2015
There is growing research interest in school inspection throughout Europe; however, there have been few comparative studies between Swedish and Norwegian school inspectorates. Such a study is necessary since little is known about how inspection policies are shaped through "governing modes" in the two Nordic countries. This paper explores the similarities and differences between state school inspection policies within the two countries from 2002 to 2012. Based on a rigorous, comparative document analysis of 23 policy documents, a particular focus is given to how school inspection adheres to professional-bureaucratic control as a mode of governing and/or details national expectations through performance audit, potentially intervening into school practices. We demonstrate that even if the cases of public administration seem to be somewhat homogenous from the outside, there is substantial evidence of major differences in the inspection policies of these two countries which can be explored by comparative analysis. Specifically, this paper contributes both conceptually and comparatively to understanding how a study of purposive and evaluative modes of governing can add to the field of school inspection studies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Comparative Analysis, Educational Policy, Governance, Government School Relationship, Content Analysis, Educational History, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway; Sweden