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Technology for all: turning a keyword into a school subject in post-war Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5257-8208
2013 (English)In: History of Education, ISSN 0046-760X, E-ISSN 1464-5130, Vol. 42, no 5, 622-637 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The decades following the Second World War saw strong technological development and economic growth. They also saw the advent of technology education, a period of extensive curriculum development in this field. But what was done and why? In order to obtain a better understanding of the historical roots of technology education, in this study the mid-century school reforms in Sweden are examined and, more specifically, the birth of the new subject of Technology (Teknik) in compulsory schools. In this article, the political forces driving the introduction and shaping of this new subject are emphasised. In a time of rapid transformations of educational systems and labour markets, the term Teknik proved to be a useful concept for policy-makers and reform technocrats. However, the subject came to re-create the inequalities of the earlier differentiated school system, despite its presence within the framework of a school for all.

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Taylor and Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles , 2013. Vol. 42, no 5, 622-637 p.
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educational change; educational planning; educational policy; industrial arts; technology education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103886DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2013.832410ISI: 000327475000005OAI: diva2:692296
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