26 SES 14 A, Comparing International Educational Authorities – Efficiency, Structure and Goal Fulfillment
The Swedish State commission: 2017 Educational Authorities Inquiry on the organization of educational state agencies main task is to analyse the Swedish educational agencies and how they support and work together for better schools in Sweden. The government write in Commission directives that the Commission should focus on looking for which changes in the structure of authorities could lead to higher efficiency and thereby support schools in a more efficient way than today (Dir 2017:37).
Even if all countries in Europe and around the world has a national interest and ministries and/or national agencies who influence the local school there is almost non comparative research on how this is done. In this project we will do a comparative study of the different education state agencies mission – such as their normative and regulating function, support to school improvement, special pedagogical support and inspection, follow up on reforms and educational evaluations. This project is in that sense also filling a knowledge gap even in the international education community.
15 Countries/regions participate in the project; Australia, Canada, Alberta, Canada, Ontario, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zeeland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore and Sweden. In this symposium we will compare the agencies in Australia, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
To make the study comparative the country articles follow the same structure: an introduction to the country educational system and then results based on the bullet points below, with a concluding section on the efficiency of the system.
- The organisation of school authorities in your country and the role of the government
- A description of the development of the agency structure with a focus on the period after the millennium
- A description of the different agencies mission, place and importance in the system
- A report on the discussion today. Can you see any special trends in the discussion that you think will change the agency structure in the near future?
We can see that the organization and culture among the countries differ in relation to how prescriptive the agencies are. There is different views in how to control and support schools as well as if other organizations such as union and private companies play an important role.
We know from research that principals’ leadership is bound by context. By comparing prerequisites and processes on national, district, and local levels and between countries, norms taken for granted become visible (Dimmock & Walker, 2004). The pace of reforms, together with more detailed policies that are externally controlled often with a focus on the deficits (Gustavsson, Cliffordson & Erickson, 2014.), also creates issues around power and trust. Trust both within the local school and among various hierarchal levels affects understanding and communication of what is both needed and expected (Tschannen-Moran, 2004; Kramer, & Pittinsky 2012).
Theories that will be discussed in the different presentation are all linked to implementation research related to government’s policy decisions and national laws for education. Thus rational implementation theories explain what is happing or is theories of local enactment action more appropriate to use. Or is the explanation in the intersection between policy implementation and local enactment?
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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