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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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Lundahl, Lisbeth; Arreman, Inger Erixon; Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2013
Sweden has commonly been regarded as a striking example of a social democratic welfare-state regime (Esping-Andersen 1996), characterized by strong state governance and active involvement in welfare matters. In the last two decades, however, the Swedish public sector and education system have been radically and extensively transformed in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Commercialization, Educational Policy
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Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2011
The Swedish education system has undergone major restructuring since the early 1990s. The new policy, including e.g. decentralisation, accountability, school choice and a tax-funded voucher system, has led to an expanding "school market". This article explores how upper secondary school principals perceive the increased competition among…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy
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Erixon Arreman, Inger; Holm, Ann-Sofie – Education Inquiry, 2011
In the early 1990s, Sweden experienced state policy reforms, which opened the way for new, private actors to run publicly funded independent schools. In 2010 the independent schools recruited almost a quarter of the upper secondary students. More than eight of the ten schools were managed by limited companies. Against this backdrop, and drawing on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Secondary Schools