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UV9343 – Government Policy, School Administrative Practice, and Teaching: Infrastructure and Practice

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Course content

The two-day program will address central issues in educational policy implementation and school administration.  A key aspect of the work will center on exploring relations between government policy, school administrative practice, and classroom teaching.  Focusing on recent developments in the education policy sector – standards, high stakes accountability, use of performance metrics – the course will examine whether and how these shifts have penetrate schools and classrooms.  Specifically, the lecture will examine how local school leaders and teachers make sense of and respond to these policy shifts and whether and how they penetrate practice in schools and classrooms.  A second key aspect of the seminar will focus on school administrative practice, challenging dominant ways of conceptualizing the phenomena, considering the entailments of taking a distributed perspective to the work, and engaging with the epistemological and methodological implications of a distributed perspective.  In doing so, we will compare and contrast some recent empirical findings from research and school leadership and management and discuss how the findings are a function of their epistemological and methodological approaches.

Learning outcome


  • To examine key empirical findings on relations between education policy, school administration, and teaching practice.
  • To explore methodological approaches and challenges in studying relations between government policy and school and classroom practice.
  • To identify and define core theoretical constructs for empirical research on education policy implementation and school leadership.
  • To identify approaches for bridging the divide between educational research/theory and practice.


PhD-candidates enrolled in NATED will be given priority, but it is also possible for other PhD-candidates to apply for the course.

Candidates admitted to a PhD-program at UiO: Apply by Studentweb

Other applicants: apply through registration form

Deadline for registration: October 21, 2013


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Recommended previous knowledge

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission on a Ph.D. - Programme and at least a Masters Degree


Location: University of Oslo, Helga Eng’s Hus, room 231
Duration: 14 hours, two days
Dates:  November 7-8

Responsible: Professor Jorunn Møller (ILS) in cooperation with Associate Professor Gunn Søreide, University of Bergen.
Guest Professors: Professor James Spillane, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy, Evanston, Illinois
Work format: Open lectures and seminars

Programme: programme

Pre-readings: pre-reading

Paper for seminar: 5000-6000 words. Send to track leaders no later than 30. october , 2013, Email addresses: ,


  • 1 credit points for course participation (80% attendance required)
  • 3 credit points for course participation and submitted paper


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Autumn 2013


Autumn 2013

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