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In search for transparency and participation: organization for reform of national course syllabi in compulsory school
Mälardalens högskola. (MEA)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SEC/Praxeologi)
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The  article present and discuss how a national reform initiative was created and carried out during 2009 and 2010 in Sweden aiming at change of national curriculum and course syllabi for compulsory school. The research objective is to study how the organization for the revision was constructed and how the work process was carried out.  The vision the National Agency for Education had was to increase transparency and participation during the process, compared with earlier revisions of curricula and syllabi.  As a part of the transparency the work with the revision was also evaluated. It is part of the evaluation that is referred to in this study. As a way of evaluating the work, participants in the revision were asked to comment. The participant groups comprise those who worked with the first version of the course syllabi such as workgroups, reference groups with experts and schools all over the country, researchers, teachers and the staff at the National Agency for Education who wrote the last version. The method used for data collection comprises text analysis, observations, interviews and questionnaires. A conclusion that can be made from the design of the reform process is that transparency and participation can be discussed both from a political and a practical perspective. The different actors found the model for the organization suitable, but gave a lot of suggestions for improving the work process in general.

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Keyword [en]
National reform, Compulsory School, Participation, Evaluation
National Category
Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Research subject
Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145512DiVA: diva2:396301
9th Annual Conference Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4-7, 2011, Honolulu
Available from: 2011-02-09 Created: 2011-02-09 Last updated: 2011-12-19Bibliographically approved

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