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Studying relational spaces in secondary school: applying a spatial framework for the study of borderlands and relational work in school improvement processes
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences. (STORIES)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1871-4488
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences. (STORIES)
2014 (English)In: Improving Schools, ISSN 1365-4802, E-ISSN 1475-7583, Vol. 17, no 2, 135-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article introduces a theoretical framework for studying school improvement processes such as making school environments safer. Using concepts from spatial theory, in which distinctions between mental, social and physical space are applied, makes for a multidimensional analysis of processes of change. In a multi-level case study, these were combined with task perception analysis, where all categories of personnel and management in the school were studied. The results indicated the significance of borderlands in the school for helping students, of organizational transgressions aimed at “making things work” and of social spaces created in the borderlands that contributed to the necessary social glue in the school. This theoretical framework offers alternative and fruitful lenses which can enrich studies of school improvement processes. The use of multiple data sources allows for triangulation, which in turn improves the validity and reliability of the results.

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2014. Vol. 17, no 2, 135-147 p.
Keyword [en]
borderlands in school, common areas in school, school improvement, secondary school, spatial theories
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-15118DOI: 10.1177/1365480214534540Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907227058OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-15118DiVA: diva2:645392
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Att förebygga hot och våld i skolan genom hållbara relationer — en studie av lärares relationsarbete i skolans mellanrum
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AFA Insurance, 110145
Available from: 2013-09-04 Created: 2013-09-04 Last updated: 2014-12-12Bibliographically approved

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