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The Swedish teacher certification reform: Solving problems while triggering others, and getting to maybe?

Författare och institution:
Lars Karlsson (Förvaltningshögskolan)
Publicerad i:
NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association), Gothenburg, Congress 4-6 March ,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The Swedish teacher certification reform: Solving a problem and triggering/provoking others The Swedish teacher certification (STC) reform forms part of a large package of around 20 new educational reforms. Newly graduated and teachers with many years of service have to apply to the National Agency for Education for certification, and the agency has also set up a disciplinary board with the right to withdraw a teacher’s certi-ficate. From 2015, only certified teachers will be eligible for permanent employment. The purpose is to raise the level of skills among teachers, so as to improve the quality of educational services and the status of the teaching profession. Several studies have analysed teacher certification reforms with regard to issues of professionalization and as to whether certification does make a difference, and a hand-ful have also focused STC. In this paper, we approach STC from a hitherto neglected policy perspective by paying attention to tensions between national and local educa-tional governance embedded in the reform. What is the policy problem addressed by STC, and how is it supposed to be remedied? How does the local implementation of STC interact with other new and former educational policies? The paper is theoretically informed by policy analysis and neo-institutionalism, which suggest that former policies create institutional legacies that affect the implementation of new reforms in various ways. Several sources of data constitute the empirical element of the paper; policy documents, a survey covering all municipal and private school providers, and interviews with representatives of 25 purposively sampled public and private school providers. Results reveal that while diverse local implementation strategies have been employed, the STC reform has landed up in an overcrowded educational policy milieu. In this milieu, new and former reforms scratch against each other and give rise to several unforeseen problems which are difficult or even impossible to solve locally. The reform at stake in this paper reflects a general policy trend in which teacher certi-fication and raising the level of skills among teachers is seen as key measures to improve the quality of educational services. Thus, we believe the results and discus-sion in this paper is of relevance beyond the national Swedish context.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Statsvetenskap ->
Studier av offentlig förvaltning
Swedish teacher certification reform, over crowded educational policiy milieu, implementation
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2016-01-04 15:11
Posten ändrad:
2016-01-04 15:30

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