Twelve Years of Upper-Secondary Education in Sweden: The Beginnings of a Neo-Liberal Policy Hegemony?

  • Dennis Beach


This chapter has been developed similarly to Chap.  3 by combining analyses of new research with a previous article. This article is by Beach and Dovemark and entitled Twelve years of upper-secondary education in Sweden: the beginnings of a neo-liberal policy hegemony. It was published in the journal Educational Review in 2011. Taking up where the previous article connected to the previous chapter left off, but based largely on different ethnographic fieldwork and data, it considered learning practices and learner identities during the past 12 years of upper-secondary school development in Sweden, with respect to two sets of pupils. One was a successful high performing academic elite group in the natural sciences programme. The other was an academically less successful group of pupils on vocational programmes.

The chapter builds on this article. Two things are considered in particular about the schooling experiences and expressions presented by the two different groups. One is how the two sets of pupils and their school activities are described and positioned by teachers. The other is how the pupils describe their own activities and position themselves. Questions relating to educational participation and future life opportunities are considered and there is also an attempt to make a connection to a possible social-class relationship between educational performances, school choices and educational success.


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  1. 1.Department of Education and Special EducationUniversity of GothenburgGöteborgSweden

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