1st Edition

The Nordic Education Model in Context Historical Developments and Current Renegotiations

    368 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Tracing historical and cultural factors which gave rise to the Nordic Education Model, this volume explores why Northern European education policy has become an international benchmark for schooling.

    The text explains the historical connection between a Nordic ideal of democracy and schooling, and indicates how values of equality, welfare, justice, and individualism might be successfully integrated in national school systems and curricula around the world. The volume also highlights recent debates around the longevity of the Nordic model and explores the risks and challenges posed by international policy and assessment agendas. Exploring how Nordic education polices successfully merge social equity with academic excellence, the book combines cultural, historical, sociological and philosophical analysis with a deep exploration of curriculum and teaching.

    This book will be of great interest to researchers, scholars, and postgraduates working across the fields of curriculum, comparative education, cultural studies and history and philosophy of education and education policy.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Introduction: The Nordic Education Model. Trajectories, Configurations, Challenges
    Daniel Tröhler

    Part 1: Trajectories

    Chapter 1: Mapping the Nation: Fabricating Citizens From Patriotism Towards Nordicism?
    Brit-Marie Hovland

    Chapter 2: The Danish Nation-State as Crafted in Textbook Narratives: From Democracy Toward a Nordic Model
    Nicole Gotling

    Chapter 3: Constructions of the In-/Educable: A Nordic Outlook on Changing Legal and Educational Statuses of Pupils with Disabilities
    Gøril Moljord & Hilde Bondevik

    Chapter 4: Schoolteachers, Child-Centered Education, and the Nordic Education Model: Danish and Norwegian Experiences, 1920–1935
    Afshan Bibi

    Chapter 5: Integrating, Segregating, Emancipating? The General and the Specific in Nordic Sámi Education in the Early Twentieth Century and Today
    Otso Kortekangas

    Part 2: Configurations

    Chapter 6: The Nordic Model and the Educational Welfare State in a European Light: Social Problem Solving and Secular-Religious Ambitions when Modernizing Sweden and France
    Mette Buchardt

    Chapter 7: Rooms of Togetherness—Nordic Ideals of Knowledge in Education
    Inga Bostad & Mariann Solberg

    Chapter 8: Understanding as Liberation: The Nordic Education Model as a Way to Becoming Independent Citizens?
    Anders Lindseth

    Chapter 9: Trajectories of New Math in the Nordic Countries
    Bjørn Smestad & Hilde Opsal

    Chapter 10: The Educationalization of the Swedish Welfare State and the Expectations of School Teachers
    Åsa Melander

    Chapter 11: Expertise-seeking Arrangements in Education Policymaking: A Comparison between Norway and the United States
    Chanwoong Baek

    Part 3: Challenges

    Chapter 12: Trajectories of Assessment and Certification in the North. Grading and Testing Policy in Norwegian and Swedish Basic Education
    Sverre Tveit & Christian Lundahl

    Chapter 13: From Knowledge to Skills and Competence: Epistemic Reconfiguration in Nordic Basic Education, 1980–2020
    Magnus Hultén, Harald Jarning, Jens Erik Kristensen

    Chapter 14: Gender, Equality, and Education—Are We About to Abandon Our Nordic Ideals?
    Elin Rødahl Lie

    Chapter 15: From Active Members of the School Community to Active Knowledge Acquirers. The Rhetoric on Students in Norwegian Curricula Across Time
    Bernadette Hörmann & Berit Karseth

    Chapter 16: International Legitimations of the Swedish School Reform 2015/2018
    Andreas Nordin

    Chapter 17: Surveying Policy Discourses Across Time and Space: Internationalization of Knowledge Providers and Nordic Narratives
    Kirsten Sivesind, Dijana Tiplic, & Lars G. Johnsen


    Daniel Tröhler is Professor of Education at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Inga Bostad is Professor of Philosophy of Education and former Pro-Rector at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, where is she head of the research project "The Nordic Education Model". She is also Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway.

    Bernadette Hörmann is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Sverre Tveit is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oslo and is Associate Professor at the University of Agder, Norway.