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Equivalence and the challenge of 'freedom of choice' - Consequences of a changed Policy on a Democratic Citizenship in Sweden
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2006 (English)In: Enacting equity in education.: Towards a comparison of equitable practices in different European local contexts / [ed] Lázaro Moreno Herrera, Helsinki: University of Helsinki Press , 2006, 156-175 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Equivalence is regarded as a central concept in contemporary Swedish education policy. One important aspect in the education policy is to describe and determine the Swedish schools- assignment to bring up democratic citizens. The concept of equivalence, hence, plays an important role in this policy-making practice. In the 1990s equivalence is challenged by another concept: -freedom of choice-. Here some possible outcomes of a changed conceptual framework in the education policy are tried out, regarding the political understanding of a democratic citizenship. Three questions are pulled forth in order to carry out this aim. The challenge of -freedom of choice- on equivalence contributes to a change in the political understanding of a democratic citizenship in Swedish education policy. A phenomenon that occurs in at least three aspects: the political participation (from co-acting to re-acting), the political activity (from directing to voting) and the political role of the citizen in society (from being a designer to a consumer).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: University of Helsinki Press , 2006. 156-175 p.
, Research report, REsearch Centre for Social Studies Education, 8
Keyword [en]
freedom of choice, equivalence, democracy, political citizenship, consumer
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42557Local ID: 65919ISBN: 952-10-3196-4ISBN: 978-95-210-3196-0OAI: diva2:263414
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-09-13Bibliographically approved

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