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Role and Influence of School Boards on Improving Educational Quality
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (STEP)
Oslo och Akershus Universitet.
Oslo universitet.
Arhus o Köpenhamns universitet.
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2014 (English)In: School Boards in the Goverance Process / [ed] Moos, L. & Paulsen, J. M., Dordrecht: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014, 135-148 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ensuring educational quality is high on the policy agenda in many countries, especially efforts regarding students’ learning outcomes.

In the Nordic countries, local school authorities are in charge of developing systems to assure and enhance school quality. This chapter discusses how members of the school boards perceive their roles, functions, and positions. Based on a survey, we report on the extent to which they are satisfied with student achievements, their expectations towards the work of the superintendent and principals, and their own work related to improving school quality. We examine how the school board members see their own opportunities to influence decisions about school practices and whether the knowledge and capacity in different professional groups are to sufficiently fulfill tasks and responsibilities.

In this chapter, we will argue that new governing modes and accountability processes have led to the establishment of new roles and relationships between national authorities and local levels of school governing. One example is quality assurance and the use of quality reports. During the last decade, the focus on establishing systems for quality assurance has intensified. A quality assurance system, in the sense of quality reports, is included in Education Acts in each country. The ways in which reporting and feedback systems are organized differ, but in all Nordic countries quality assurance is an important task for school boards.

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Dordrecht: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. 135-148 p.
, Educational Governance Research, 1
Keyword [en]
school boards, role and influence, educational quality
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225344DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05494-0_9ISBN: 978-3-319-05493-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-225344DiVA: diva2:720700
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-06-02 Created: 2014-06-02 Last updated: 2014-09-25Bibliographically approved

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