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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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Lind, Tommy – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
Governmental reforms since the early 1990s have acted as a push factor for starting new schools in Sweden and have created options for pupils to choose a school irrespective of municipal borders. This study highlights the upper secondary school system in small municipalities in northern Sweden since the late 1990s. The analysis shows that the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, School Organization, Municipalities
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Hultin, H.; Eichas, K.; Ferrer-Wreder, L.; Dimitrova, R.; Karlberg, M.; Galanti, M.R. – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
Previous studies indicate that school climate is important for student health and academic achievement. This study concerns the validity and reliability of the student edition a Swedish instrument for measuring pedagogical and social school climate (PESOC). Data were collected from 5,745 students at 97 Swedish secondary schools. Multilevel…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Educational Environment, Academic Achievement, Test Validity
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Pietarinen, Janne; Pyhältö, Kirsi; Soini, Tiina – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
This study aims to gain a better understanding of the Finnish national curriculum reform by examining how the educational practitioners, at the district level, orchestrate the shared sense-making concerning the reform work in their school districts. Qualitative focus group data was collected from 12 groups, throughout Finland, that were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, National Curriculum, School Districts
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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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Rasmusson, Maria; Albaek, Karsten; Lind, Patrik; Myrberg, Mats – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2019
The present study aims at investigating the long-term cognitive effects of vocational education and training (VET) in Sweden and Denmark using data from the PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills. While Sweden has moved towards a more academic vocational education, Denmark has kept the apprenticeship system. Using multiple regression analysis we estimate…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Apprenticeships, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries
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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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Hultén, Magnus; Larsson, Bo – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
The aim of this study is to contribute to an increased understanding of the flipped classroom movement. A total of 7 teachers working in school years 4-9 and who both actively flipped their classrooms and had been early adopters in this movement were interviewed. Two research questions were posed: "What characterizes flipped classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Classroom Techniques, Interviews
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Erixon Arreman, Inger; Dovemark, Marianne – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Under a recent national curriculum reform in Sweden within a highly decentralised, competitive, and marketised education system, access to post-16 education is restricted. In this study, we map and analyse the early onset of new preparatory programmes. We draw on interviews with local politicians and school staff in six different municipalities,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Justice, Interviews, School Statistics
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Bergmark, Ulrika; Kostenius, Catrine – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
This paper focuses on school situations students experienced as meaningful and how these experiences can guide educational improvement. Participants included 15 students in grade 3 from a Swedish school. In this qualitative study, the data consisted of drawings, multimodal productions, interviews, and field notes. The analysis resulted in four…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Foreign Countries, Student Empowerment, Educational Improvement
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Sataøen, Hogne Lerøy – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Norway have been subjected to several reforms in recent decades. There are transformed relationships between institutions and their environment, and higher educations' third mission is emphasized. To improve our understanding of HEIs' third mission, this paper employs boundary object theory, enabling us to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Institutional Mission, Entrepreneurship, Higher Education
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Reichenberg, Olof – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
The aim of this article is to identify the mechanisms behind the occurrence of teaching practices of seatwork and recitation across lessons. The study is based on an analysis of 74 video recorded lessons from 4 school classes in Swedish comprehensive schools during 2013. Firstly, the results suggest that teaching practices such as seatwork…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Regression (Statistics), Video Technology
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Gustafsson, Jan-Eric; Yang Hansen, Kajsa – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
The main aim of this study was to investigate the development of the correlation between family education and student achievement in Sweden, which previous research has found to be stable, in spite of increasing school segregation and widening differences in levels of achievement between schools. Based on register data for populations of graduates…
Descriptors: Educational History, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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Lidar, Malena; Karlberg, Martin; Almqvist, Jonas; Östman, Leif; Lundqvist, Eva – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Our main interest in this article is to explore whether Swedish teachers changed their teaching and assessment practices in relation to the new national tests in science education that were introduced 2009. Data was collected using a web-distributed questionnaire, which was answered by 407 teachers. The concept of teaching traditions is used to…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Political Issues, Moral Values, Teaching Methods