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ERIC Number: EJ1014912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Democracy Lessons in Market-Oriented Schools: The Case of Swedish Upper Secondary Education
Lundahl, Lisbeth; Olson, Maria
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v8 n2 p201-213 Jul 2013
Based on recent ethnographic research, this article explores young people's opportunities of formal and informal democracy learning and expressions of such learning in the highly market-influenced Swedish upper secondary education. With its ambitious democracy-fostering goals and far-reaching marketisation, Swedish education constitutes an interesting case in this respect. The analysis indicates that "voting with the feet" emerges as an important way of exerting student influence. At the same time, young people's voice is surprisingly neglected in classroom practice. Increased focus on performance and goal attainment tends to overshadow less "rewarding" aspects of the curriculum, such as democracy teaching and learning, both from the side of teachers and students. Students are also increasingly expected to act as school representatives and to avoid giving negative impressions of their school. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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