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Different systems, different identities: the work of inspectors in Sweden and England

Baxter, Jacqueline (2017). Different systems, different identities: the work of inspectors in Sweden and England. In: Baxter, Jacqueline ed. School Inspectors: Policy Implementers, Policy Shapers in National Policy Contexts. Accountability and Educational Improvement. London: Springer, pp. 45–69.

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School inspection has formed part of both English and Swedish approaches to governing education for some time now. But latterly due to the neo liberal drive for educational excellence, both countries have remodelled their inspector work-force. Using Jacobsson's theory of governance as a regulative, meditative and inquisitive activity, this chapter investigates the effects that these shifts have had on the operational work of inspectors. Drawing upon interview data with inspectors and head teachers from both systems combined with documentary analysis we examine how the remodelling of the workforce in both countries has impacted on the ways in which inspectors carry out their work. The chapter concludes that inspection operating within a neo liberal framework of regulation must constantly shift and evolve in order to remain credible. It also points out that these shifts in themselves create tensions around the role and operational work of inspectors in both countries.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 3-319-52535-2, 978-3-319-52535-8
Keywords: education policy; Sweden; Swedish Inspectorate; school inspectors; Ofsted; SICI; governance; education governance; schools; quality of education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48505
Depositing User: Jacqueline Baxter
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 09:44
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 10:48
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