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ERIC Number: EJ737458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Still Social and Democratic? Inclusive Education Policies in the Nordic Welfare States
Arnesen, Anne-Lise; Lundahl, Lisbeth
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v50 n3 p285-300 Jul 2006
In this article, education policy is analyzed from a welfare state perspective. The aim is to Analise the significance attributed to social-inclusive aspects of education in contemporary education policies of the Nordic countries, and the extent to which education is regarded as an element in welfare policies. Four aspects are addressed: (1) access to education and measures to prevent social exclusion of young people, (2) comprehensiveness of education in terms of public/private, integration/segregation of e.g. minority children and children with special needs, (3) emphasis on democratic values and participation, (4) the importance of community and equality versus a focus on the individual. It is concluded that it is still justified to speak of the five Nordic countries as a rather distinct group. However, social-inclusive policies have also clearly been reformulated and delimited, related to a strengthening of the economic-utilitarian functions of education and a weakening of central education governance. (Contains 2 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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