Lärare med förmåga, samarbetsvilja, kunskap och kompetens
: En diskursanalys av Skolinspektionens tematiska kvalitetsgranskningar

Translated title of the thesis: Teachers with skills, cooperativeness, knowledge, and qualifications: A discourse analysis of the Swedish Schools Inspectorate’s thematical quality audits
  • Elin Götborg

Student thesis: Master, one year


The role of the Swedish Schools Inspectorate as an auditing authority and the effect of the audits on teachers, schools and teaching could be studied from various perspectives. In this study, the thematical quality audits from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate are in focus. Based on a Foucault-inspired discourse analysis, the discourses constructed in the thematical quality audits a regarding compulsory school during the years 2014-2018 are examined. Furthermore, the understanding of the constructed discourses is discussed relative to the audit community being their context. The result of the study shows that three main discourses could be seen as being constructed through the studied material. The discourse about the teacher skills, the discourse about the teacher knowledge and qualifications and the discourse about the teacher cooperativeness. All three are constructed as a consequence of the discourse about the successful teaching. In the study, the three discourses are also discussed relative to the growing audit community, the market-driven school (through New Public Management) and the scientific basis on which all education should be based according to the education act. The study argues that there are traces of these three perspectives in the discourses that are possible to view as constructed in the audits.  

Date of Award2021-Aug-30
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAngerd Eilard (Supervisor), Maria Bäcke (Examiner) & Sören Augustinsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Masterprogram i utbildningsvetenskap

Courses and Subjects

  • Education

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • swedish schools inspectorate
  • discourse analysis
  • thematical quality audits
  • teacher
  • compulsory school

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