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Simply Quality?: State Governance of Swedish Preschools’ Work with Children in Need of Special Support
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1549-9900
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4833-8292
2022 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 66, no 6, p. 1093-1107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this critical study is to generate knowledge about decisions by education authorities that serve an advisory and normative function for Swedish preschool education at the operational level, with a focus on work with children in need of special support. This has been achieved by scrutinising documents generated in conjunction with a quality audit within the framework of the Swedish Schools Inspectorate’s three-year focus on preschools from 2015 to 2017. The analysis shows that the documents can be understood as discursive expressions within and for a regime of truth, wherein the effects of power contribute to certain norms and values gaining precedence in the operationalisation of what constitutes qualitative special support. The analysis further shows that the state quality audit focuses on instrumental and measurable understandings of quality and highlights sameness rather than difference by downplaying the ethical and pedagogical aspects of the special support.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 66, no 6, p. 1093-1107
Keywords [en]
Children in need of special support in preschool, governing, power, policy document, quality audit, regimes of truth, special education
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-44791DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2021.1958375ISI: 000677890800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85113137581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-44791DiVA, id: diva2:1583578
Available from: 2021-08-09 Created: 2021-08-09 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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