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ERIC Number: EJ801800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
The Free Schools "Riddle": Between Traditional Social Democratic, Neo-Liberal and Multicultural Tenets
Bunar, Nihad
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v52 n4 p423-438 Aug 2008
The question of what role free schools should perform in the Swedish educational system has been a contested subject between three ideological, theoretical, political and policy tenets. The first, "contribution to pedagogical diversity in a controlled school market" reflects a traditional social democratic view. The second, "contribution to a better education on a competitive school market" reflects a neo-liberal approach. The third tenet, "contribution to the maintenance of groups' and individuals' cultural and religious identity" reflects a multicultural view insisting on the thesis that a family's cultural and religious identity should be a steering motive for the school choice. The aim of this article is to take a closer look at what the three tenets that constitute the "riddle" contain--including their claims, responses to critics, arguments and empirical evidence--and to discuss some of their practical impacts on the shaping of educational policy. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden