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Recontextualization processes of policy into national curriculum from a perspective of equity and citizenship education – a Swedish perspective
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Studies in Curriculum, Teaching and Evaluation (SITE))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5554-6041
2015 (English)In: Education and Transition. Contributions from Educational Research. ECER 2015, European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest, September 7-11, 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the last decade there has been considerable focus on transnational policy discourse, especially within the European Union (EU), on how major national curriculum reforms can change the conditions of learning and knowledge in school. A main theme in the European policy discourse is the need for efficiency in instruction linked with the rights of all students to learn and to achieve the goals set up by school, but the ways in which the actual reforms are shaped differ between the different European countries.  In this paper the aim is to explore the following two questions in relation to the most recent curriculum reform in Sweden (Lgr 11): How can the question of curriculum knowledge be understood from a perspective of equity? Who is the 'good citizen' as it emerges from the curriculum content?

From a background of understanding curriculum as imbedded in wider transnational policy movements, the first question is examined by suggesting a framework for exploring the trajectories between equity policy and different types of curricula with implications for what counts as knowledge, drawing on the capabilities approach developed by Amartya Sen (1999) and Martha Nussbaum (2000). The other question is analysed by using two typologies for social studies and educating for democracy (Wahlström 2014). Drawing on the two analyses, supplemented with a questionnaire addressed to teachers concerning their view of the current curriculum, the preliminary results point at a predominantly instrumental view of knowledge also within humanities, a citizenship ideal in terms of 'the reasoning citizen', and less space for teachers' and students' to influence teaching content in the subject of social studies.

References

Biesta, Gert (2013): Responsible citizens: citizenship education between social inclusion and democratic politics. In Mark Priestley & Gert Biesta (Eds.):  Reinventing the Curriculum. New Trends in Curriculum Policy and Practice, pp. 99-116. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Nussbaum, Martha C. (2000) Women and Human Development. The Capabilities Approach. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sen, Amartya (1999) Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Unterhalter, Elaine & Brighouse, Harry (2007) Distribution of what for social justice in education? The case of education for all by 2015. In M. Walker & E. Unterhalter (Eds)

Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education, pp. 67-86. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wahlström, Ninni (2014): The changing role of the state in a denationalized educational policy context. In Andreas Nordin & Daniel Sundberg (Eds.): Transnational Policy Flows in European Education: the Making and Governing of knowledge in the Education Policy Field, pp.159-182. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, vol 42, no 1. Oxford: Symposium Books.

Wahlström, Ninni (2014): Equity – policy rhetoric or a matter of meaning of knowledge? Towards a framework for tracing the ‘efficiency-equity’ doctrine in curriculum documents. European Educational Research Journal 13(6), 731-743.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
transnational policy, equity, citizenship education
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Pedagogics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51831DiVA, id: diva2:916099
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ECER 2015, European Conference on Educational Research, Budapest, September 7–11, 2015
Available from: 2016-03-31 Created: 2016-03-31 Last updated: 2016-04-05Bibliographically approved

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