The relevance of class in education policy and research: the case of Sweden’s vocational education
2012 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 3, no 4, 591-613 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Over the last few decades, less importance has been attached to the concept of class in educational policy and educational research. Due to the continued relevance of class in many educational contexts, this article argues that this trend is unfortunate, untimely and unwarranted, and that important questions are overlooked as a result. As a case in point, the article examines contemporary policy trends in upper-secondary vocational education in Sweden. The article comprises two interrelated sections. The first discusses the more general matter of the relevance of class (and its critique) and how class can be understood in contemporary society. Following the conclusions from part one, the second section demonstrates how problems arise when vocational education is removed from its class context, illustrated by contemporary policy trends in Sweden where not only issues of class are ignored, but policies are also adopted that are likely to augment class inequalities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 3, no 4, 591-613 p.
social class, education policy, vocational education, upper-secondary education, curriculum
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-31898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-31898DiVA: diva2:655430