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ERIC Number: EJ777611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-15
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
A School for Everyone?: The Swedish School System's Struggles to Reconcile Societal Goals with School and Classroom Practices
O'Brien, Leigh M.
Childhood Education, v83 n6 p374 Aug 2007
In this article, the author discusses her investigations into the connection between the values of Swedish society and Swedish classroom practices by way of the early childhood special education system. She describes Swedish educational policies and the challenges surrounding moving from policy to practice, and also uncovers themes regarding classroom and school practices. The following themes regarding teaching emerged from her investigations: (1) teaching for all students sometimes does occur in the general education class; (2) social cohesiveness is an occasional priority; (3) children's differences were often accepted and respected at the preschool level, although teachers' attitudes were not so positive as children progressed through school; (4) some teachers attempted to minimize the differences between remedial and ordinary teaching, although this was a struggle for some; and (5) preparation of teachers to teach all children in the classroom remains a concern. Implications from these findings are discussed. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden