Abstract of "The 26th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement” Santiago 2013 pages:14
International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) location:Santiago, Chili date:3-6 January 2013
The transition from primary to secondary school is a difficult one for many students. In this paper we report on one of many attempts to smoothen this transition: the “Educational Care and Support File” (ECSF). This file aims at safeguarding the continuity in schools’ interventions to provide the appropriate special care and support for students’ learning. This ECSF ‘moves’ with the pupil from primary to secondary school in order to inform the teaching staff in secondary school about the care and support initiatives a particular student has received in primary school.
We use this innovation as a case study of implementation processes and more in particular on the role of artifacts in it. Drawing on a conceptual framework, rooted in both sense-making theory and neo-institutional theory, we use data from content analysis on the ECSF as well as extensive interviews with teachers and principals to build case studies of four Belgian schools. In our analysis we focus in particular on the organizational routines that are being established by the artifact (that in a sense operates as an actor) and how this is influenced by processes of interactive sense-making among staff members as well as by institutional factors.