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Lärare och skolans omstrukturering: Ett möte mellan utbildningspolitiska intentioner och grundskollärares perspektiv på förändringar i den svenska skolan : [an encounter between political intentions and compulsory school teachers' perspective of school changes in Sweden]
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
1997 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The endeavour of this dissertation is to search for an understanding of the restructuring withinthe Swedish Comprehensive School System during the 80's and 90's. To that purpose the authorhas described the political intentions of the current restructuring (in terms of decentralization,freedom of choice and privatization) and the teachers' conceptions of the school changes. Bybringing the intentions face to face with the conceptions, expressed by the teachers, the restructuring has been characterized by four concepts: room for acting, lack of confidence, subordination and alliance.

A picture appeared of a group of teachers, within the compulsory school, losing control of theschool activities. In some cases the teachers placed themselves beside the political demands. Inanother situation they have offered their professional knowledge (often without getting responsefrom superiors) in order to adapt their actions to the requests from above. The adaption sometimes also seems to occur unreserved, without consideration of the teacher's professionalism.

Simultaneously the intentions and decisions of the teachers as well as the principals seem tobe influenced by the alliance making among the school actors which now has a vital importancein the school arena. The alliances could be more important in the organization of the schoolactivities than the formulation and solution of pedagogical issues. In such a context it could berelevant to ask if the teacher professionalization project, initiated by the central political level,goes astray.

When the alliance making has an increasing importance to the school, it might easily deprivethe teachers of their possibility to initiate and control the school activities. In the light of thatcircumstance. it could be defensible to interpret the implications of the restructuring in terms ofproletarianization. Here, we are able to talk about a new policy context which could be characterized in terms of split, self discipline and suspiciousness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 1997. , 123 p.
Uppsala Studies in Education, ISSN 0347-1314 ; 71
Keyword [en]
Education, political intention, teacher's conception, school change, restructuring, proletarianization
Keyword [sv]
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105ISBN: 91-554-3935-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105DiVA: diva2:160588
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1997-04-25, universitetets lärosal IX, Uppsala universitet, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 1997-04-04 Created: 1997-04-04Bibliographically approved

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