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
Part 1: Trajectories
Chapter 1: Mapping the Nation: Fabricating Citizens From Patriotism Towards Nordicism?
Chapter 2: The Danish Nation-State as Crafted in Textbook Narratives: From Democracy Toward a Nordic Model
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
Chapter 5: Integrating, Segregating, Emancipating? The General and the Specific in Nordic Sámi Education in the Early Twentieth Century and Today
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
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?
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
Chapter 11: Expertise-seeking Arrangements in Education Policymaking: A Comparison between Norway and the United States
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
Chapter 17: Surveying Policy Discourses Across Time and Space: Internationalization of Knowledge Providers and Nordic Narratives
Kirsten Sivesind, Dijana Tiplic, & Lars G. Johnsen