The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 527–534 | Cite as

Educational Research: the State of Sweden and the Australian 2.2 world

  • Rita Foss Lindblad
  • Sverker LindbladEmail author


Current tendencies in educational research in Sweden are presented and compared to Australia. We here refer to; organization of research, research allocation, publication patterns, and assessments of research qualities. Different trajectories of educational research were identified, where Australian research was organized as a field of study, while Swedish research had a disciplinary organization, which now is eroding into a situation more close to the Australian one. In other aspects the Australian and Swedish trajectories seem to harmonize, except for the fact that RAEs in Sweden are initiated and run by the universities themselves. There are also some differences in how research qualities are assessed and the outcomes of these assessments. Given these findings different strategies to deal with the current situation are discussed.


Educational research Research assessment Bibliometrics Governance Sociology of knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BoråsBoråsSweden
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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