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ERIC Number: ED448115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 16
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A Climate of Trust: A Visit to Two Swedish Schools.
Nordgren, R. D.
This paper describes a Florida educator's visit to two Swedish schools for students aged 16 to 19. The educator spent 2 days visiting Duveholmsskolan in Katrineholm (about 70 miles west of Stockholm) and 3 days visiting Wargentinsskolan in Ostersund (situated 350 miles north of Stockholm and about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle) observing the classrooms and campuses and interviewing teachers, students, and administrators. The paper gives an overview of secondary education in Sweden and then details the happenings at a school board meeting in Katrineholm. It reports that the educational atmosphere in Sweden is relaxed and that both schools offer flexible schedules. The paper goes through a day at the schools where students are responsible, as in a true democracy. The U.S. educator did not once witness a teacher direct a student to do something. The paper questions whether U.S. educators can expect to build trust and responsibility in their own schools when they find it necessary to constantly supervise their students. Contains 11 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden