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Nurmi, H., Leinonen, J., Örn, M., Ylitapio-Mäntylä, O. (2024). Cultural Antecedents in Multisectoral Collaboration Promoting the Well-Being of School-Aged Children. In: Ahtiainen, R., Hanhimäki, E., Leinonen, J., Risku, M., Smeds-Nylund, AS. (eds) Leadership in Educational Contexts in Finland. Educational Governance Research, vol 23. Springer, Cham.

Cultural antecedents in multisectoral collaboration promoting the well-being of school-aged children

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Author: Nurmi, Henna1; Leinonen, Jaana1; Örn, Malla2;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
2Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-10-13


This study focuses on the antecedents of collaborative culture in multisectoral collaboration promoting school-aged children’s well-being in Finnish municipalities. The purpose of this study is to understand the role of cultural conditions in collaboration by examining the ‘voices’ of principals and heads of local educational departments in local collaborative structures and practices. This work is an interpretive qualitative study, and the empirical data consist of 20 thematic interviews collected from principals and heads of local educational departments. The data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis method. The findings show that legislative, strategic, structural and physical frameworks create visible frames and artefacts that enhance collaborative culture. At the level of espoused beliefs and values, the systematic methods of collaboration and the development of collaborative practices support collaboration, whereas the discontinuity of collaborative practices limits it. At the level of basic assumptions, multisectoral collaboration can be strengthened through shared values, recognising the importance of principals’ and heads of local educational departments’ role as constructors of collaborative culture, understanding of well-being promotion as a common task, knowledge about other sectors, shared understanding of needs associated with well-being promotion and familiarity with other sectors. Multisectoral collaboration can also be supported through workable group dynamics, respect, trust in collaborators and personal positive attitudes, willingness to collaborate and collaborative skills. Old traditions usually hinder collaboration.

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Series: Educational governance research
ISSN: 2365-9548
ISSN-L: 2365-9556
ISBN: 978-3-031-37604-7
ISBN Print: 978-3-031-37603-0 978-3-031-37606-1
Issue: 23
Pages: 303 - 322
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-37604-7_15
Host publication: Leadership in educational contexts in Finland : theoretical and empirical perspectives
Host publication editor: Ahtiainen, Raisa
Hanhimäki, Eija
Leinonen, Jaana
Risku, Mika
Smeds-Nylund, Ann-Sofie
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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