Who governs the Swedish school?: Local school policy research from a historical and transnational curriculum theory perspective.
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN 2002-0317, Vol. 1, no 1, 81-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, we present a comparative research project on municipal school policy in Sweden 1950-2010 which in our view contributes to the research fields of education policy and curriculum theory. Our project which started in 2014 links to a line of international research on education policy concerned with the tensions between decentralisation and globalisation and comparative research investigating transnational transfers of education policy ideas. In this article, we provide some preliminary findings which display municipal school policy dealing with national and transnational school initiatives and affecting local school actions. Most of the findings in this article concern the time period 1950-1975, during which the present two Swedish school forms, Grundskolan (a 9-year comprehensive school) and Gymnasieskolan (upper secondary school), were introduced and established. We compare local policy, through six interrelated indicators, in two municipalities with different structures and origins. On the basis of our findings, we conclude that municipal school policy research in a comparative and historical perspective is an important field of research as it reveals the complexity of school governance. Historical studies of municipal school policy and practice are crucial for exploring different dimensions of curriculum theory, including the transnational dimension.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 1, no 1, 81-94 p.
local school policy; local school history; education policy; curriculum theory; globalization
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242619DOI: 27009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242619DiVA: diva2:784318
ProjectsVem har styrt skolan? ommunen, skolan och staten under 60 år av svenska skolreformer i en föränderlig värld
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2013-2219