Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain

Presentation and discussion of a book by a Nordic group of researchers surveying working conditions and practices for superintendents in education in their respective Nordic countries.

Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain looks at the role of superintendents in the chain of educational governance in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic group of researchers involved conducted a survey on working conditions and practices in their respective Nordic countries between 2009 and 2013 and this book launch, presented by NordForsk, will be the occasion for them to discuss the conclusions of their research. Initially published in English, the book has been edited and will now be published in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish in order to reach out to a broader audience of academics, professionals and policy-makers with the objective that it provides the foundation for a thorough comparative analysis of the similarities and differences between the four Nordic educational systems.

Moos, L., Nihlfors, E. & Paulsen, J.M. (Eds.)(2016): Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain. Dordrecht: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-25106-6.

Programme

12.30: Lunch

13.00: Welcome – Gunnel Gustafsson, NordForsk

13.15: Short presentation of the research project. Lejf Moos

Presentation and discussion of the books:

13.30: Superintendents in Denmark: Players in multiple networks

Presentation: Lejf Moos and Klaus Kasper Kofod, DPU, The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
Discussant: Professor Kurt Klaudi Klausen, The University of Southern Denmark

14.00: Superintendents in Finland: Striving with the changing operational environment

Presentation: Mika Risku, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä
Discussant: Virpi Lehmusvaara, President of The Finnish Association of Educational Superintendents (OPSIA)

14.30: Coffee break

15.00: Superintendents in Norway: Mediators in the governance chain

Presentation: Jan Merok Paulsen, Oslo University of Applied Sciences
Discussant: Professor Kjell Arne Røvik, University of Tromsø

15.30: Superintendents in Sweden: Structures, culture relations and leadership

Presentation: Elisabet Nihlfors, Uppsala University
Discussant: President Matz Nilsson, The Swedish Association of School Principals

16.00: Open discussion: Nordic trends and tendencies

16.30: Concluding remarks

16.45: Refreshments

  

Authors information

Denmark

  • Lejf Moos, DPU, The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
  • Klaus Kasper Kofod, DPU, The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
  • Ulf Brinkkjær, DPU, The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University

Finland

  • Mika Risku, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä
  • Seppo Pulkinen,  Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä
  • Pekka Kanervio, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä

Norway

  • Jan Merok Paulsen, Oslo University of Applied Sciences
  • Hans Christian Höyer, Hedmark University College
  • Guri Skedsmo, University of Oslo
  • Mona Strand, Hedmark University College

Sweden

  • Elisabet Nihlfors, Uppsala University
  • Olof Johansson, Center for Principal Development, Umeå University
  • Linda Jervik Steen, Center for Principal Development, Umeå University

When

05.12.2016
from 12:30 to 16:45
Registration deadline: 14.11.2016 - 17:00
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