After the Century of the Child : Swedish Education and the Transformation of the Role of the Child

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Title After the Century of the Child : Swedish Education and the Transformation of the Role of the Child
Author Lilja, Peter ; Tzimoula, Despina
Editor Frankel, Sam ; McNamee, Sally
Date 2019
English abstract
The aim of this chapter is to describe some fundamental developments within Swedish educational policy focusing especially on the idea of educational individualization as a way of placing the child at the center of the educational activity and thereby as a vital agent in the construction of a more equal and just society. We argue that these historical trends, coupled with the neo-liberal influences within contemporary educational policies, have created a strong discourse of childhood within Swedish society, centered on the concept of ‘the competent child’. However, contemporary neo-liberal transformations of the idea of educational individualization have far-reaching consequences in terms of what competencies children are to develop as well as for the overall relationship between the state and the individual in Sweden.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94926-0 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Palgrave macmillan
Host/Issue Contextualizing Childhoods : Growing Up in Europe and North America
ISBN 978-3-319-94925-3
Language eng (iso)
Subject Childhood
Education
The competent child
Individualization
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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