Publication: School language and learning

Anna Slotte-Lüttge & Liselott Forsman (2013) Skolspråk och lärande. Utbildningsstyrelsen, Guider och handböcker 2013:5.

Students’ knowledge of the school language is crucial for their success in all subjects. Language awareness needs to inform all teaching: language is not only used to express knowledge, it is also part of the knowledge.

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Conference: Education for Social Justice

Reading for Life’s Inaugural Conference Education for Social Justice will be held at Uppsala University on 28-29 November 2013. The conference offers rare opportunities to discuss cutting-edge research, build innovative networks, and explore possibilities for new directions in educational policies and democratic pedagogies with a diverse group of teachers, teacher educators, academics, school leaders and administrators who share a deep engagement and commitment to equity and social justice in education. Note early bird deadline 31 August 2013!

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Publication: Youth and marginalisation

Gestur Gudmundsson, Dennis Beach and Viggo Vestel (eds.) 2013 Youth and marginalisation: Young people from immigrant families in Scandinavia. Tufnell Press

This book is the result of extensive ethnographic research that has analysed the experiences of young people from immigrant families in the Nordic cities of Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo. Concepts of cultural and urban studies, sociology, education and other disciplines are used – inclusion/exclusion, territorial stigmatisation, post-colonialism and critical race theory. The Nordic countries are often seen as the home of egalitarianism and decent hosts of immigrants, but this book reveals a more complicated picture. For more information, please see leaflet.


New publication: Vocational Education and Societal Differences

Ammatilllinen koulutusKristiina Brunila, Katariina Hakala, Elina Lahelma ja Antti Teittinen (eds.) 2013 Ammatillinen koulutus ja yhteiskunnalliset eronteot. Gaudeamus.

How does education retain and produce societal differences? This publication explains the construction of inequalities and hierarchies in different educational and vocational fields.  How do students end up in different branches and how do societal differences such as age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, cultural background, criminal background and disability influence the construction of a of a worker-citizen?

The publication shows how vocational education, market society, working life, neoliberalism, inequalities and citizenship are interlinked.

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