Management of professionals in school practices

Alice Juel Jacobsen, Anders Buch

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This article investigates organizational reform changes as they are con-structed in the interaction between managers and teachers in a school context. The empirical basis is comprised of case studies carried out in Danish upper secondary schools. An ethnographic approach and a concept of paradox related to an under-standing of professionals are used to investigate the practices involved in the change processes. The article argues that the ambiguity of a primus inter pares management position among professionals leads to several paradoxes, deadlocks, and detours, all of which affect the work for change in the schools. Significant paradoxes are identi-fied on the basis of the empirical material, and methodological advantages of a pro-posed paradox perspective, are demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProfessions and Professionalism
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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