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Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka; Börjesson, Mikael; Beach, Dennis; Haltia, Nina; Jónasson, Jón Torfi; Jauhiainen, Annukka; Jauhiainen, Arto; Kosunen, Sonja; Nori, Hanna; Vabø, Agnete – Education Inquiry, 2018
The purpose of this review is to investigate cross-cutting research themes and issues related to access and stratification in Nordic higher education (H.E.) (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden). We synthesise how recent changes in H.E. policy, practise, and appropriations have influenced educational opportunities along social class,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Access to Education, Educational Change
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Nylund, Mattias; Rosvall, Per-Åke; Eiríksdóttir, Elsa; Holm, Ann-Sofie; Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka; Niemi, Anna-Maija; Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún – Education Inquiry, 2018
In this study we examine how the academic-vocational divide is manifested today in Finland, Iceland and Sweden in the division between vocationally (VET) and academically-oriented programmes at the upper-secondary school level. The paper is based on a critical re-analysis of results from previous studies; in it we investigate the implications of…
Descriptors: Social Class, Gender Differences, Vocational Education, Academic Education
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Dovemark, Marianne; Kosunen, Sonja; Kauko, Jaakko; Magnúsdóttir, Berglind; Hansen, Petteri; Rasmussen, Palle – Education Inquiry, 2018
The Nordic countries are often perceived as a coherent group representing the Nordic model of welfare states, with a strong emphasis on the public provision of universal welfare and a strong concern with social equality. But today we see a change in the Nordic model as part of a global knowledge economy. The aim of this article is to examine…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Privatization, Commercialization, Educational Change
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Hakala, Katariina; Björnsdóttir, Kristín; Lappalainen, Sirpa; Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir; Teittinen, Antti – Education Inquiry, 2018
Disability studies in education (DSE) is an interdisciplinary field derived from the need to re-conceptualise special education dominated by a medical perspective on disability. In this article we identify what characterises DSE research and consider whether there is a case for arguing for a specific field of DSE in Finland and Iceland. Our…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Cross Cultural Studies, Special Education, Social Environment
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Pihl, Joron; Holm, Gunilla; Riitaoja, Anna-Leena; Kjaran, Jón Ingvar; Carlson, Marie – Education Inquiry, 2018
The purpose of this article is analysis of discursive marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states. What knowledge do Nordic research discourses produce about marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states? What are the Nordic contributions to research discourses on marginalisation through education? We apply a discourse…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Welfare Services, Social Systems
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Dal, Michael; Elo, Janne; Leffler, Eva; Svedberg, Gudrun; Westerberg, Mats – Education Inquiry, 2016
Strategies for entrepreneurship in the educational system are present not only in the Nordic countries, but also in the majority of other Western countries. Linked to these strategies different research efforts have been made. Although the research efforts have a common origin in supranational policies on entrepreneurship, there has been little…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Cross Cultural Studies, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún; Ásgeir Jóhannesson, Ingólfur – Education Inquiry, 2014
Iceland was one of the first countries to collapse in the global financial crisis of 2008 and it followed the OECD suggestion by opening upper secondary schools for young jobseekers, but without increasing the number of teachers. The upper secondary school level is also in a period of educational change, as it is in many other countries nowadays.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Well Being, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers
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Hudson, Christine – Education Inquiry, 2011
Public sector reform involving decentralisation and marketisation has led to "soft" indirect forms of governance aimed at steering more fragmented systems. Although based on information and guidance rather than hierarchy and legislation, these new methods of regulating through evaluation and quality control may be as powerful as more…
Descriptors: Governance, Compulsory Education, Educational Change, Administrative Organization