Who creams? Explaining the classroom cream-skimming behavior of teachers from a street-level bureaucracy perspective

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    Ideas as to how and why individuals resort to creaming are generated primarily by a few qualitative studies and have, to our knowledge, not been tested quantitatively. This article aims to fill this gap and explains the classroom cream-skimming behavior of school teachers in Denmark, defined as prioritizing the teaching of academically promising students. Drawing on the street-level bureaucracy literature, it tests the following propositions: (1) creaming is directly related to an inadequacy of resources, and this relationship is moderated by the breadth of parental involvement in their children’s education; (2) creaming is weakly related to the presence of bureaucratic success criteria; and (3) creaming is directly related to the level of parental involvement in and satisfaction with their children’s education. These are tested using data from a 2011 survey of Danish
    and mathematics teachers in public and private schools across Denmark, and a class-fixedeffects design. Overall, the findings provide varying support for these propositions.
    TidsskriftInternational Public Management Journal
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)524-559
    Antal sider36
    StatusUdgivet - 2019


    • Skoler, fag og institutioner