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ERIC Number: EJ1082212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1474-9041
Marketization on Export: Representations of the Swedish Free School Model in English Media
Rönnberg, Linda
European Educational Research Journal, v14 n6 p549-565 Nov 2015
This paper explores how "social democratic" Sweden initiated and implemented choice reforms that attracted the interest of "liberal" England. By studying how English media framed and portrayed the Swedish free school "export" from 2008 to 2014, this paper aims to describe and discuss how a market-oriented policy idea, the Swedish system of free schools, is represented as it travels across national contexts. Initially, the Swedish free school model was portrayed as an inspiration for both the English political left and, in particular, the right. However, the national stereotypical representation of Sweden as a legitimate "reference society" was significantly toned down after the 2010 election--often accompanied by references to Sweden's poor performances in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The study shows how Swedish policy "retailers," such as school chain representatives, use the media for further display and reach. In summary, such educational policy retailing, along with media--policy interaction that (re)interprets national stereotypes linked to political legitimation, are important sources for understanding and further exploring international flows and interpretations of market-oriented reform ideas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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