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Värdegrunden i skolan: En kritisk studie av innehållet och arbetet med skolans värdegrund i en senmodern kontext
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The values in swedish schools : A critical study regarding the content and the work processes with the written values in swedish schools in a late modern context. (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate the content and work processes regarding the values written in the curriculum for Swedish high schools and compare it with theories regarding the individualized society and political moralism. After the clarification of the content in the values of Swedish high schools and the work processes that are supposed to give students fundamental understanding about them, I analyze and compere it to the theories that are presented in the study. The main questions of the study are the following: What kinds of values are found in the curriculum for Swedish high schools? In general, how do Swedish high schools work with the written values when focus have gone from education and learning to instrumental knowledge, results, abilities and flexibility?

The result showed that the content and work processes regarding the values in Swedish high schools are purely instrumental and moralistic. Due to the fact, that the individualized society and the neoliberal ideology do not require reflection and real understanding regarding the values. Therefore are the schools now more focused instrumental knowledge rather than universal knowledge based on understanding.

This is not a surprising result, due to the fact that the public and the political discourse are colonized by moralism. This is the reaction individuals have to the fragmented society, where an alternative to the neoliberal ideology is nonexistent. The only kind of criticism in today’s society is based on moralism, which is affecting the work processes regarding the values in Swedish high schools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
School, values, curriculum, Gy11, neoliberal ideology, moralism, instrumentality, individuality
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-14037OAI: diva2:821307
Educational program
Teacher Education
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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