publication . Article . 2015

School Leaders as Coupling Agents – Mediating Between External Demands and Internal Values

Liljenberg, Mette;
Open Access English
  • Published: 04 Dec 2015 Journal: Education Inquiry (issn: 2000-4508, eissn: 2000-4508, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Education Inquiry
The Swedish education system has undergone an extensive transformation and a new policy context characterised by external control, marketing and managerial accountability is now in place. In previous research, the new context has been presented as something school leaders have to balance against democratic professionalism but eventually give way to. This article intends to make this picture more nuanced by exploring how school leaders make sense of and respond to external demands related to the new policy context. The article takes institutional theory and the concept of coupling – the relationship between the environment of schooling and the participants and pr...
free text keywords: education policy, accountability, pedagogical leadership, coupling mechanism, decoupling
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