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Standards-based curricula in a denationalised conception of education: the case of Sweden
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning och Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5554-6041
2012 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 342-356Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, the authors examine the development of the Swedish educational reform of 1991 from an international and European perspective, and from the perspective of what counts as knowledge in a recently implemented Swedish curriculum reform. With effect from 2011, the Swedish government has significantly reshaped the curricula for preschool, compulsory school and upper secondary school education, but in terms of governing principles for schools, these curriculum reforms can be regarded as a continuation of the 1991 reform. We argue that this latest reform, as part of an international policy discourse, can be said to represent a denationalised and instrumental conception of education, and that the implications for the formation of knowledge within this conception can be understood as a standards-based curriculum shaped by two powerful international influences: a technical-instrumental discourse of curriculum, emphasising the form, structure and function of the curriculum; and a neo-conservative discourse of curriculum, with an emphasis on curriculum content as a given and uncontested body of knowledge.

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2012. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 342-356
Keywords [en]
educational reform, denationalisation, instrumentalisation, standards-based curricula
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25977DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2012.11.3.342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25977DiVA, id: diva2:555940
Available from: 2012-09-23 Created: 2012-09-23 Last updated: 2018-05-10Bibliographically approved

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