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Individual development plans as governace tools; Changed governance of teachers´ work

Journal article
Authors Karolina Parding
Andreas Liljegren
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume 61
Issue 6
Pages 689-700
ISSN 0031-3831
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 689-700
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2016.11...
Keywords profession, organization, teaching, Individual development plan
Subject categories Educational Sciences


Auditing, accountability, and transparency are concepts that greatly impact the working conditions of today’s public sector professionals, including teachers. Documentation requirements have been on the increase for some time, which can be seen in the education sector’s Individual Development Plans (IDPs), for example. These IDPs are pedagogical tools, but can also be seen as governance tools, which is how we will treat them here. In this conceptual paper, we argue that to improve knowledge of education policy changes, there is a need to consider the changed documentation requirements from the perspective of sociology of professions. To this end, we use Evetts’ occupational and organisational logics and Abbott’s three aspects of professional work.

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