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Admission policy of the Swedish teacher education favouring men: Discussion in the Parliament 1962
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Education, Psychology and Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6016-4416
2012 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 3, no 2, 227-247 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1962 the Swedish Parliament decided on a school reform. Meritocracy and equal opportunity were important goals. However, these ideals were not applied to elementary school teacher education, where a sex quota policy favoured male applicants. In the Parliamentary debate, a woman member of the Right Wing Party raised objections to the policy. A man representative of the Social Democrat government's education politics had to explain why the admission policy that favoured men was not abolished. By evoking historical ideas of women teachers as inferior, and warnings of the feminisation of schools as a great threat, the admission rules were defended. Also, the analysis of the debate shows that women were supposed to hold back their individual rights and a woman arguing in favour of a gender neutral admission policy risked being labelled as “unwomanly”.

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2012. Vol. 3, no 2, 227-247 p.
Keyword [en]
Teacher education, teachers, equity, femininity, masculinity
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-20033DiVA: diva2:534250
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2016-07-20Bibliographically approved

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