Is there a “Nordic model” of education?

In a special issue in Research in Comparative and International Education which includes contributions from the Nordic countries, Lisbeth Lundahl, leader of JustEd 1482616_lundahl230pxteam 2, has written the introductory article.

“My article emanates from two speeches on ‘the Nordic model of education’ – the one at the first JustEd conference in Lillehammer two years ago and the keynote in Gothenburg (NERA) last year,” says Lisbeth.

The concept of a Nordic model of education is sometimes used to refer to the considerable similarities of education reforms and systems of the five Nordic countries during the second half of the 20th century – reforms that aimed at social justice, equality and cohesion not least by providing schooling of high and equal quality, regardless of children’s and young people’s resources, origin and location.

“This article discusses to what extent one may still speak of such a ‘Nordic model of education’, considering the impact of neoliberal policies in all of the five countries. It is concluded that even if the education systems still display a number of common, inclusive traits, extensive marketization and privatization practices in Nordic countries, and particularly of Swedish education, raise serious doubts about the survival of the alleged Nordic model.”

Read the article here.


Fair and equal education for all students?

Panel discussion on Wednesday 9 March at 9:30–12:00.

Issues related to diversity and education, dropping out of education, social exclusion and inclusion of young people, marginalization and belonging are focal questions in all the Nordic countries as well as globally. Schools, other educational institutions as well as various actors within and beyond these institutions have a significant role in the processes of exclusion and inclusion.

What are the most prevailing inequalities with regard to gender, social class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, (dis)ability and language in the schools in different Nordic countries, and what is done to alleviate these inequalities?

Nordic National Boards of Education

Panellists are
Director General Anna Ekström,
Swedish National Agency for Education,
Director General Aulis Pitkälä,
Finnish National Board of Education and
Professor John Benedicto Krejsler
Aarhus University (Denmark).

University Lecturer Fritjof Sahlström will moderate the discussion and Professor Joron Pihl, Oslo and Akershus University College, and Professor Hannu Simola, University of Helsinki will act as discussants.

The discussion is a part of the JustEd conference “Actors for Social Justice in Education” arranged by the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries’.

Venue: Minerva Plaza, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 5A.

The discussion is open for all and free of charge.

Read more here.


PhD research fellowship position – Comparing Finnish and Norwegian Classrooms

JustEd team 3 is looking for a PhD researcher comparing Finnish and Norwegian classrooms. The appointment is made for a period of three years at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Teacher Education and School Research. The vacant position is attached to the NFR funded research  project “Linking Instruction and Student Achievement” (LISA) linked to the research group Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO).

Classrooms are being video taped in the LISA study.

Teacher instructions and practices in classroomsare being video taped and analyzed in the LISA study.

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Whole life to Work – Education in the Knowledge Capitalism

“We are critically analyzing cross-sectional and decentralized politics and $RRMK2SEeducational practices in the era of marketization, knowledge capitalism, entrepreneurialism and individualization,” said Kristiina Brunila at the book release event of the brand new anthology Koko elämä töihin. Koulutus tietokykykapitalismissa (2015)(Whole life to Work. Education in the Knowledge Capitalism).

Kristiina Brunila and her colleagues Jussi Onnismaa and Heikki Pasanen arranged a discussion on Thursday 11 February to highlight the aim of book, which is to open up the discussion about the human capacity of receiving information, learning new things, feeling emotions and creating, and their relationship with economic growth.

Paavo Arhinmäki, Chairperson of the Left Alliance Party and Member of the Finnish Parliament, in the public.

Paavo Arhinmäki, Chairperson of the Left Alliance Party and Member of the Finnish Parliament, was found in the audience.

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