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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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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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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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Hopfenbeck, Therese N.; Lenkeit, Jenny; El Masri, Yasmine; Cantrell, Kate; Ryan, Jeanne; Baird, Jo-Anne – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
International large-scale assessments are on the rise, with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) seen by many as having strategic prominence in education policy debates. The present article reviews PISA-related English-language peer-reviewed articles from the programme's first cycle in 2000 to its most current in 2015. Five…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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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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Chong, Pei Wen – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Borrowing the lens of Finnish education policymakers, this article aims at dissecting the Finnish conception of inclusion and its approach in constructing an inclusive "special" education system as set against the wider debates and practices that shed different lights on the meaning and viability of inclusion. The discussion explores the…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Equal Education, Neoliberalism, Foreign Countries
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Costa, Patrícia; Araújo, Luísa – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
This study investigates how reading achievement relates to student and school characteristics in countries with different reading scores at the fourth grade level. Data comes from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 for Denmark, Sweden, and France and the multilevel analysis includes two levels: student/home and…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Cross Cultural Studies, School Effectiveness, Institutional Characteristics
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Nielsen, Mathias Wullum – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
This study investigates how Denmark, Norway, and Sweden approach issues of gender equality in research differently. Based on a comparative document analysis of gender equality activities in six Scandinavian universities, together with an examination of the legislative and political frameworks surrounding these activities, the article provides new…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research
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Erikson, Josefina – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
The 1991, Swedish upper secondary school reform presents internationally an unusual case of the far-reaching integration of academic and vocational programmes. It has often been claimed that late tracking, such as characterizes this reform, helps to reduce inequalities between different social classes. This article addresses the question of how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Secondary Education, Educational Policy
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Wermke, Wieland; Forsberg, Eva – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
This article discusses teacher autonomy in the case of the Swedish teaching profession since the 1980s. It is argued that deregulation, decentralization, and marketization reforms of the 1990s have indeed increased teacher autonomy, but in some respects also led to a increase of complexity in the Swedish school system. In order to handle this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy, Teaching (Occupation), Educational Change
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Berisha, Anna-Kaisa; Seppänen, Piia – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
The Finnish comprehensive school system is regularly referred to as a uniform and "no-tracking". In this article, we show with novel urban case data in Finland that school performance differed significantly between schools, most strikingly between school classes, and was connected to the school's selectiveness in pupil admission. A…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Choice, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Hall, Jeffrey Brooks – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
State school inspection creates expectations in the interface between transnational ideas and national policy contexts. This article investigates how inspectors and education directors understand and reformulate their regulatory roles in relation to the new framework for school inspection policy in Norway. Using data from the LEX-EL project,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Inspection, Secondary Education
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