ERIC Number: ED228102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Legitimating Frameworks for Social Knowledge in Schools in Australia and Sweden.
A conceptual framework for the study of education is proposed and then used in case studies which examine education and educational change in Australia and Sweden. There are three main aspects to the study of education and educational change: (1) the social-structural framework, which includes both the structure of society as a whole and of the education system itself; (2) the process of the delivery of education, which includes decision making and the pedagogical method; and (3) the content, which constitutes the knowledge generated, selected, and transmitted within the formal institution of education. Sweden and Australia have two contrasting socio-political, cultural, and educational systems. The case studies show that a strong, centralized government, with well-developed institutions, research capacities, and a unifying philosophy (as in Sweden), exercises a tight control on the generation, dissemination, and legitimation of knowledge, whereas greater flexibility exists in all three when a society and a government's institutions and values are more heterogeneous (as in Australia). (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Sweden
Note: Paper presented at the ACIES Annual Conference (Bendigo, Australia, November, 1980).