Future scenarios in a context of local educational governance
Background: In the 1990s significant changes took place in the Swedish educational system. Previously strong central government control was replaced by a goal-oriented system with considerable local control with greater freedom of action and on-site influence. Decisions as to the concrete form, content and organisation of teaching were to be made at school level. The responsibility of meeting national objectives decided by the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) now lies with the local authorities (municipalities).
Objective: To use scenarios to examine the applicability of futures thinking as a tool for school improvement, decision-making and planning within the national and a local context. MSU agreed to a two-year commitment with the purpose of contributing to an internationally broad application framework for future thinking in education. This means that the Swedish initiative adopts a deliberate future-oriented approach to support innovative capacity for leadership, operative strategies and school improvement in according with the Swedish decentralized educational philosophy and responsibilities of the Agency.
Target: Primary and secondary education
Timeframe: 2005 – 2008
Who runs it: The Swedish National Agency for School Improvement (MSU), Analysis and Support Unit (AU)
How does it work: The Agency is using the OECD scenarios in two phases and action levels--on the national level and in the Borås municipality.
On the national level:
In the Borås municipality:
Evaluation: Continual, formative local evaluations organized in the municipality as well as a summative evaluation at the end of the project on Sweden’s participation in SfT as a whole.
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Project report (.pdf):