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ERIC Number: EJ795095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
From "Pedagogik" to Educational Sciences? Higher Education Reform, Institutional Settings and the Formation of the Discipline of Educational Science in Sweden
Sundberg, Daniel
European Educational Research Journal, v6 n4 p393-410 2007
The purpose of this article is to address the question of "Pedagogik" as an academic discipline in Sweden based on a social study of the science's point of departure. The philosophical and epistemological issues which constitute the conceptual questions about the nature and content of educational science are, although crucial, peripheral to this article. The article is concerned with the "general consequences of the formation of the discipline" due to ongoing changes and reforms in Swedish higher education. Text analysis of self-evaluations of education departments in Sweden provide the material for a critical examination of the changing institutional settings for educational sciences. Three general tension fields are highlighted in the ongoing formation of the discipline: "Pedagogik" as a discipline opposing segmentation and professional specialisation, "Pedagogik" in relation to other disciplines/subjects in the university system, and the pragmatic specialisation of professional knowledge. The "boundary work" of the education departments in the positions they take in these tension fields is highlighted and analysed. Studying discipline formation processes can serve, in this regard, to deepen the reflexive self-understanding of the producers and users of educational knowledge. The article concludes with some outlines for further empirical research on the formation of the discipline of Swedish "Pedagogik". (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden