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Working Conditions and Development at School. Preconditions for Pupil and Personnel Collaboration
KTH, Superseded Departments, Industrial Economics and Management.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The principal aim of this dissertation is empirically todevelop and test a collaboration model for how to operatesystematically with the work environment at school. Ontheoretical grounds, a case is made that collaboration betweendifferent groups (various professions and pupils) should beinvestigated despite different conditions, qualifications andages.“School Environment 2000”is a model for theongoing monitoring of the work environment at school. It isdesigned for integration into school-based activities, and itsmaterial offers an opportunity for any stakeholder involved toparticipate in activities concerning conditions at school. The“School Environment 2000”have been used by pupilsand personnel (totally 2,383) at 36 schools in 8 municipalitiesin Sweden. Three of the four studies are follow-up studies; thefourth study had matched control schools. All studies usedquestionnaires; the fourth were completed with other methods asdiaries, observations and interviews. The result showed that amajority of pupils specified both sickness-related andpsychosocial reasons for absence from school. The second(pupils) and third (personnel) study show associations betweenthe work environment and ill-health, especially by females.Among women, all the items describing self-reported complaintscorrelated significantly with the Work at school index and Workclimate index. In the fourth study, in which a work environmentintervention was tested, the participants adopted a morelimited concept than that contained in School Environment2000-questionnaire. A clear desire was expressed, for morestructure and order in school work. The participants attainedin the intervention program, compared with the controller, weremore engaged in greater collaboration with others, had becomemore active in managing problems and conflicts, had greaterinternal effectiveness and perceivedfacilitating factors inwork for change as depending less on personal attributes andbehaviours of personnel. The discussion focus the need forfollowup changes and their effects on health; collaboration topromote objective and subjective scope for action; andcollaboration for goal fulfilment. Special care must beconsidered pupils work environment. The school situation is agood time for learning how to create a good work environmentand to prevent ill-health.

Key Words:Work Environment Management, collaboration,school, pupil, employee, participation, evaluation, health,stress.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Industriell ekonomi och organisation , 2004. , 157 p.
Arbete och Hälsa, 2004:3
Keyword [en]
Work Environment Management, collaboration, school, pupil, employee, participation, evaluation, health, stress
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3727ISBN: 91-7283-698-9, 91-7045-704-2OAI: diva2:9568
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