Avancerade språkstudier som konkurrensfördel: Fallet engelska i gymnasieskolan
2010 (Swedish)In: Praktiske grunde. Tidsskrift for kultur og samfunnsvitenskab, ISSN 1902-2271, E-ISSN 1902-2271, no 4, 41-56 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
The new, complex system for admittance to higher education in Sweden has created a situation where pupils in upper secondary school can choose to read certain courses that give extra credits, thus giving them an edge when trying to enter highly selected programs at the university level. Extra credits are given for courses in advanced mathematics and modern languages, for example. From a sociological viewpoint it is interesting to examine which groups of pupils take advantage of this innovation, with respect to social class, gender, inherited and acquired capital. We focus on the case of the advanced course in English which has increased its proportion of pupils, most of them enrolled in pro-grams that prepare them for higher education. We can show that it is mainly pupils with a high amount of acquired educational capital from higher social backgrounds who avail themselves of this opportunity. At the same time, the prevalence of female students in the course has decreased. We also conclude that the pupils misrecognize the value of the extra credits awarded as a valid explanation for their choice of advanced studies of English.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. no 4, 41-56 p.
upper secondary school, modern languages, English, extra credits
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociology of Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-288687DiVA: diva2:924407
FunderSwedish Research Council