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Anette Olin

Assistant Head of Department

Department of Education and Special
Visiting address
Västra Hamngatan 25
41117 Göteborg
Room number
A2 143
Postal address
Box 300
40530 Göteborg

About Anette Olin

Research interests What is school development from an insider perspective? This is the question I address in my dissertation work targeting the developmental processes of a school. It is an action research study where the empirical material was gathered throughout a school year when I worked as a developmental leader at the school. The focus is on teacher collaboration, and primarily the formal meeting forums where school development issues were dealt with. A point of departure is that collaboration and collective work in schools are a significant component of the everyday work of many teachers. This is a consequence of the comprehensive school reforms of the 1990s. Many aspects are of interest: What is the content of the developmental work that is done? What guides this work? How is developmental work expressed in practice? How is it described by those involved? How is the school organized to make collective work possible? What is the role of the school development leader?

Teaching interests Both future teachers and practising teachers are educated and undergo professional development courses to pursue school development. But is it so obvious what is meant by school development? To be defensible, the content of school development should be related to ideological and didactic choices, for instance. My interest is therefore to train people for school development (through action research, for example) but above all also to introduce reflection and problematizing about school development as a phenomenon, both in undergraduate education and in commissioned courses.

Keywords school development, practice, action research, hermeneutics Selected publications

Research groups and projects School development Collegium of Action Research