International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Swedish School Leaders Go Online

Urban Carlén and Ove Jobring
IT–university of Göteborg, Gothenburg University, Sweden


Swedish school leaders are gathered in a pilot project called School Leaders Online . To build a nation–wide Online Professional Community, Swedish National Agency for School Improvement implemented threaded forums as a tool for school leaders to share experiences about their common topics and work practice. Qualitative methods are used in order to show that participation in an informal learning setting is dependent on how school leaders negotiate meaning of their conditions at work, common topics for constructing knowledge and the capabilities to appropriate threaded forums. One conclusion will explain the importance of using several online tools in learning experiences.


Online professional community, school leaders, negotiation of meaning, implementation, threaded forum

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney

Ronghuai Huang,

Beijing Normal University

Vera A. Solis, Universidad Centroamericana

Lawrence Hamburg, Higher Education Academy

Sten Ludvigsen, Intermedia, Oslo

Lancaster University


Higher Education Academy

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