26 SES 10 A, How Successful School Leaders Mediate and Enact Government Reforms
The research aims to better understand how new policies are handled at the local level in Sweden. In the two last decades the Swedish education system has experienced changes through a stream of constant government reforms that affect individual schools, teachers, principals and school boards. In this paper, we focus on how trust and expectations from the school board and superintendent are expressed in local policy processes, how support and evaluation structures are constructed in relation to new reforms, how leadership actions at national and district levels are comprehended by principals and their staff. In particular, we will examine whether national decisions are perceived as positive reforms or as new control mechanisms. The analysis tell us that it seems to be unclear to local politicians, superintendents and local heads of municipal governments which unit is ultimately responsible for the local school system. To get improved effects of new educational reforms we propose that there should be a greater focus on the environment in the school district and support structures created for the local school leadership.
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
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