The vocational-academic divide in neoliberal upper secondary curricula: the Swedish case

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Author: Nylund, Mattias; Rosvall, Per-Ake; Ledman, Kristina


A historical tension between a more general and a more specific focus in post-compulsory education is made visible in some educational systems by the division into more academic and more vocational programmes. Embedded in this tension are questions of social justice and the purposes of education. In addition, division into academic and vocational programmes has class dimensions since youth with working class backgrounds are often over-represented in vocational programmes. This study investigates how this tension is handled in the Swedish upper secondary curriculum, which reflects an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Secondary education; Higher education

Keywords: Social aspects; Curriculum

Geographic subjects: Sweden; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 32

Journal number: 6

Journal date: November 2017

Pages: pp. 788-808

ISSN: 0268-0939, 1464-5106 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 129.875

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