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Elevvård i grundskolan: Resurser, organisering och praktik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Pupil welfare in Swedish schools : Resources, organization and practice (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis is to describe and analyse the organization, resources and practice of pupil welfare work in municipal compulsory schools. In one study, telephone interviews with head masters from a random sample of 100 municipal compulsory schools have been carried out. A second study is based on material from two case studies, where the work of the pupil welfare team members and the everyday organizing of pupil welfare, are scrutinized.

The distribution of special pupil welfare resources varied considerably. Almost one-third of the variation could be explained by organizational and structural variables included in a regression analysis. Practically all schools in the sample had a school nurse, while school social workers and in particular school psychologists, were available to a lesser extent. Regarding the latter two professions, the results indicate that these resources are allocated to pupils of different age groups. The involvement of different kinds of municipal service in pupil welfare work is becoming a common form of organization. The case studies show that these service units can become influential actors in the organizing of local pupil welfare work.

School nurses appear to be an institutionalized resource, with regard to their presence in schools and the content of their work. The school social worker lacks a specific technology of her own that distinguishes her work from other professions. School social work is performed by several professions and for some tasks domain conflicts can arouse. These conflicts can to a certain degree be rooted in the enhanced consultative role of the pupil welfare specialists, which affects the division of labour between the actors. The pupil welfare meetings studied in the case studies where characterized by asymmetrical relationships, where little space were given for pupils and their parents to be actively involved in the decision-making process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för socialt arbete - Socialhögskolan , 2007. , 344 p.
Rapport i socialt arbete, ISSN 0281-6288 ; 121
Keyword [en]
social work
Keyword [sv]
Elevvård, elevhälsa, elevvårdspersonal, skolkurator, skolsocialt arbete, skola, organisation, socialt arbete, pupil welfare, school social worker, organization
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6760ISBN: 91-7155-406-8OAI: diva2:196991
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2007-05-04, Aula Svea, Socialhögskolan, Sveaplan, Stockholm, 13:00
Available from: 2007-04-12 Created: 2007-04-12 Last updated: 2010-10-21Bibliographically approved

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