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ERIC Number: EJ875311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
The Controlled School Market and Urban Schools in Sweden
Bunar, Nihad
Journal of School Choice, v4 n1 p47-73 2010
The aim of this article is to outline some major defining aspects of the Swedish controlled school market and to describe and analyze how a number of urban school leaders in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Malmo define, understand, and respond to the competition they see. Based on interviews with school leaders and research on a wide range of secondary literature, it is possible to identify three types of rivals: "White" schools, ordinary and religious/ethnic free schools, and neighboring urban schools. The responding strategies vary from the logic of resignation and condemnation of parents for making "wrong" choices to a critical redefinition of pedagogical practices toward minority students and the equivocal alliances. I argue that the specific features of the Swedish urban school market create noteworthy new opportunities and new difficulties. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden; Sweden (Stockholm)