23 SES 13 B, Governing by Inspection: School Inspecting as Brokering and Mediating Work
School inspection involves multiple forms of governing. Inspection activities are regulative, inquisitive and meditative (Jacobsson 2010) and correspondingly initiate different forms of "inspection work" in schools and governing bodies. The aim of this paper is to explore inspection work carried out before, during and after inspection events. The paper is based on document analysis of forms and accounts sent to the Swedish schools inspectorate and interviews with principals and responsible key actors within municipalities and school companies. Preliminary results show that inspection work is geared to internalisation and routinization of evaluative thinking and documentation: Quality assurance, or "systematic quality work", has become the new panacea in the "evaluation society" (Dahler-Larsen 2012). Inspection work is rendered possible by transparent inspection schemes which govern in advance. The inspectees turn their organizations inside out and learn to cope with inspection by adaptation or even strategic behaviour. Coping with inspection also involves translation of bureaucratic demands and negative feedback into organizational learning. Jacobsson, B. (2010). Making sense of Europeanization. Jerusalem Papers in Regulation & Governance. Working Paper No. 11, June 2010. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University, Jerusalem Forum on Regulation & Governance. Dahler-Larsen, P. (2012). The Evaluation Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
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