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Citizen Education in national school policy documents in Sweden
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2005 (English)In: NFPF NERA Symposium: Research on Moral values and participation in school practice and Policy documents,2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Swedish compulsory school is commissioned by the government to bring up democratic citizens. This assignment is articulated in current national policy documents of education. The ways in which this assignment is defined and described on this policy level can be highlighted in terms of what citizens that are desired for the schools to educate. In a historical perspective, the citizen-educating assignment of the schools can be traced back to the introduction of the first elementary school of Sweden, 1842. Ever since, the assignment has been formulated and reformulated in different ways in different times, related to the political -needs- experienced in the vital societal and historical situation in which it is produced, received and applied. In my presentation I aim to highlight the current definitions and descriptions of this assignment in the early 1990ies, the time in which the contemporary policy documents for the Swedish compulsory school are produced. I attempt to do this in terms of what citizenship dimensions that tend to become visible in this current Swedish policy language, and what dimension that can be considered as dominant. Three citizenship dimensions can be outlined as central in the political educational understanding of the schools- assignment to bring up democratic citizens in Sweden: An economic- and working life-oriented dimension, a political dimension and a cultural dimension. Among these three the economic and working life-oriented citizenship dimension can be regarded as dominant for the current political understanding of the upbringing of citizens of Swedish schools. Some aspects of this domination are briefly sketched.

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Keyword [en]
education, citizen, national school, political, economic, cultural citizenship
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42558Local ID: 65939OAI: diva2:263415
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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