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A changed language of education with new actors and solutions: the authorization of promotion and prevention programmes in Swedish schools
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning & Demokrati, pedagogikämnet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8409-9196
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning & Demokrati, pedagogikämnet)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9735-3440
2014 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, Vol. 46, no 6, p. 778-797Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article demonstrates how changes in the language of Swedish education policy have opened up a new social perception of education, in which space has been created for new actors, models and solutions in terms of managing activities in schools. Specifically, it seeks to illustrate how various promotion and prevention programmes have been authorized and disseminated without critical inquiry or resistance in the education sector. To this end, we analyse how the specific, essentially contested concepts of health, value base and communication have been employed in authoritative national documents over the two last decades. For our analysis, we draw on speech act theory, with a focus on linguistic performativity, as we have been interested in analysing how concrete authoritative actors have ‘performed’ various arguments. The analysis helps us to understand how the linguistic force originating from authoritative agencies can be used by different actors as a way to legitimize their arguments and actions. The results demonstrate how different national authorities, as a consequence of their use of the three concepts analysed, have contributed to the establishment of promotion and prevention programmes in education.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 46, no 6, p. 778-797
Keywords [en]
policy analysis; Sweden; speech acts; national curriculum; health; values
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Educational Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38757DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2014.934718ISI: 000345075900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84911987066OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38757DiVA, id: diva2:764433
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En värdefull skola - en studie av värdepremisser i främjande och förebyggande program i skolan i relation till skolans värdegrund och barnkonventionen
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-5697Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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