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Kirikkaleli, Dervis; Ertugrul, Hasan Murat; Sari, Arif; Ozun, Alper; Kiral, Halis – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2021
The purpose of this study is to determine the direction of causality between the quality of education and technological development for the selected Northern European countries over the period 2006-2017. To this end, we employ the bootstrap panel causality test. The findings of our study indicate that the quality of education leads to changes in…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Educational Innovation, Technology Uses in Education
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Prøitz, Tine S.; Nordin, Andreas – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
Discursively learning outcomes have been embedded within an education-policy context characterised by a shift from teaching to learning. In the dominant education policy discourse, learning outcomes have come to play an important role in education whose emphasis is more on product than process, which by its critics have been characterised as…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy, Learning Processes, Educational Philosophy
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Hallsén, Stina; Nordin, Andreas – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
Since WWII, Sweden has had an international reputation for being modern and progressive, with schooling that provides equal opportunities for all children. Analysing local enactment of the national pursuit of modernisation in two contrasting municipalities, this paper offers new perspectives on Swedish education history beyond the image of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Technological Advancement, Technology Uses in Education
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Stray, Janicke Heldal; Wood, Bronwyn – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
While a number of studies have established the growing role impact PISA has had on national education policy, much less is known about the global-local recontextualization of policy transfer, and the role of national policy officials. Through interviews with key policy officials in Norway and New Zealand, the study revealed a growing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Policy, Cultural Pluralism
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Helakorpi, Jenni; Lappalainen, Sirpa; Mietola, Reetta – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
The article examines policies intended to promote the basic education of Roma and Traveller minorities in Finland, Sweden, and Norway by analysing key national Roma and Traveller policy (n = 5) and education policy documents (n = 3). Analysis shows how the Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Roma policies translate the general policy aims of improving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Compulsory Education, Educational Policy
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Holen, Solveig; Lødding, Berit; Helgøy, Ingrid; Homme, Anne Dåsvatn – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
Despite great attention and numerous efforts across countries to reduce school dropout, it remains a persistent challenge. One such initiative, named New Possibilities, launched by the Norwegian Ministry in 2010, was a nationwide, flexible program aimed at providing intensive training to poor achievers during the last months of 10th grade, before…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Intervention, Secondary School Students, Educational Attainment
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Tanner, Marie; Pérez Prieto, Héctor – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
The aim is to analyse how policy decisions about assessment practices influence what it means to be a student in a performative system. We examine an occasion where a previously mandatory national test became optional, and how students took the opportunity to try to change the school's decision about this. The study is based on student group…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Performance Based Assessment, Neoliberalism
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Tiplic, Dijana; Elstad, Eyvind; Brandmo, Christian; Steingrímsdóttir, María; Engilbertsson, Guðmundur – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2020
Encouraging teachers to participate in collaborative learning activities for professional development has become an important part of educational reform strategies in many countries. Recent research suggests these activities may play an important role in the professionalization of the teaching profession. In Iceland, teachers report the highest…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Educational Change, Teacher Collaboration, Foreign Countries
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Dodillet, Susanne – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
A global demand for excellence programs and elite education for pupils identified as specially gifted has emerged in recent decades. This article provides preliminary insights into the ongoing efforts to integrate special tracks for "the best" with the egalitarian ideal of A School for All, which remains highly influential in the Swedish…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gifted, Secondary Schools, School Culture
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Svensson, Malin – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
This article examines challenges experienced by teachers of asylum-seeking pupils in Sweden, where the right to education is part of a policy of promoting "normal life" during the asylum process. A theoretical framework contributed a deepened understanding of the teachers' experiences as street-level bureaucrats. Interviews indicated…
Descriptors: Refugees, Public Policy, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Sandström, Margareta; Klang, Nina; Lindqvist, Gunilla – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
In Sweden, policy changes for provision of special support have been introduced, implying that teachers are obliged to provide and evaluate "extra adaptations" in regular classrooms prior to referring pupils to special support. The policy changes raise questions about school staffs' views of support measures and of necessary professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrative Organization, School Administration, Special Education
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Šupule, Inese; Søholt, Susanne – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
Rural depopulation, decreasing numbers of children, and general centralization, combined with high expectations for education, are factors that challenge rural communities and school structures in both Latvia and Norway. The aim of this article is to compare the role of the municipality and other levels of governance in making decisions on school…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Municipalities, Comparative Analysis, Public Officials
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Hardy, Ian; Rönnerman, Karin – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
This article investigates the implementation of the "förstelärare" or "First teacher" reform in Sweden. We draw upon the insights of a superintendent, union official, principal, three First teachers, and two of their colleagues in one school, and recent literature on career development reform. We employ Michael Fullan's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Faculty Development
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McIntosh, James – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
This article examines whether the way that PISA models item outcomes in mathematics affects the validity of its country rankings. As an alternative to PISA methodology a two-parameter model is applied to PISA mathematics item data from Canada and Finland for the year 2012. In the estimation procedure item difficulty and dispersion parameters are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students, International Assessment
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Tholin, Jörgen – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
In Swedish compulsory school, students can choose to study a modern language in addition to English, i.e., French, Spanish, or German. Since 1994, instruction time for modern languages has been extended, the learning objectives have been made more attainable, and national assessment materials have been introduced. The government made these changes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), French
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