Where are we heading? Current school policies in Sweden
A reflection on where the school system in Sweden is heading. Rather devastating critique of both the municipalization and the school market have emanated from researchers and in governmental as well as international reports. But does that impact policy? And if so, in what way?
With a PhD in Botany, and a teacher’s diploma, Per Kornhall has been a teacher and worked on the National level with educational issues. He is currently spending his time on writing books, lecturing and consultancy work. Per’s main focus is on professional learning and leadership for the same, and on re-professionalization of the teacher profession. He is part of a network of independent experts on education connected to the European Commission and member of the Royal Academy of Sweden’s School Committee. With a PhD in Botany, and a teacher’s diploma, I have been a teacher and worked on the National level with educational issues. I am currently half time employed as a researcher at Mälardalens University, and the other half(+) is spent on writing books, lecturing and consultancy. My main focus is on professional learning and leadership for the same, and on re-professionalization of the teacher profession. I am part of a network of independent experts on education connected to the European Commission and member of the Royal Academy of Sweden’s School Committee.
Many school systems are today plagued by a distrust in the professions working in them leading to among other things recruitment problems in the sector. This has come about through political measures implemented by politicians worried by measurements of efficiency and results such as PISA. The politicians have of course not intended the effect that we see on the professions. But how could this be turned around, and societies rightful demands on transparency of results be upheld at the same time?
Leads Network Day, Haninge 2018
The next step in school development – networked teaching development.
School systems all over the world gripple with how to create and sustain quality in education. Sometimes the answer is so simple that it goes unnoticed. If all teachers had the opportunity and the support they need to develop their teaching collaboratively–and if their cooperative work was aggregated to system level, what could then happen?
Leads Network Day, Haninge 2017
Session 1: (R)evolutionary professional learning
There is a lot of support in recent research for the importance of teachers working together to develop teaching. At the same time neoliberal management ideas have strongly influenced most school systems in Europe, creating a pressure for standardized teaching and measurement and, as in Sweden, outright marketization of education. I will make an argument for that revolving, evolutionary processes are important tools for teachers to regain mastery of their profession and its trade.
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