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ERIC Number: EJ976172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Social Representations of Educability in Finland: 20 Years of Continuity and Change
Raty, Hannu; Komulainen, Katri; Hirva, Laura
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v15 n3 p395-409 Sep 2012
This study set out to replicate a survey conducted 20 years ago on Finnish parents' social representations of educability. A nationwide sample of parents (N = 642) were asked to indicate their opinions on a set of statements pertaining to topical educational issues. The results indicated that educational discussion is still structured by two major competing representations of intelligence, the "natural" and the "social", and the corresponding educational policies, the "selective" and the "comprehensive". Further, some novel and still relatively independent representations, such as the diversity of human abilities and entrepreneurship education, were identified. The comprehensive representation found support particularly among the vocationally educated parents, who were worried about social equality, while the selective representation, i.e., the ideology of natural giftedness, found support among the academically educated fathers. The representational field of educability seemed quite established, indicating relative continuity of educational discourse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland