- Published: May 2011
- Region: United States
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Specialisation within the Finnish comprehensive school system. Edition No. 1
- Published: August 2009
- Region: Global, Finland
- 260 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
The passing of radical educational legislation in the 1990s in Finland has had far-reaching impacts on the comprehensive school system. This thesis discusses specialisation within the comprehensive school using the analytical lens of equity and equality of opportunity. The key questions are: first, what influences the interpretation of national educational policies regarding choice/diversity and equity/equality of opportunity at the local level; second, why and how schools in the case study city have specialised; and third, what impact this has had on equity and equality of opportunity. The findings emphasise decision-making, which reflects the particular economic and demographic circumstances in the municipality as well as concerns about social justice. The outcomes of some of the educational decision-making were found to increase inclusiveness and equality rather than exclusiveness and selection. The analysis should be of interest to anyone interested in market- oriented reforms in state education and the different ways that such reforms can be introduced, and in the various underlying reasons – and outcomes – of these types of reforms.
Annamari Ylonen, PhD: Studied Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003-2008. Research Fellow (higher education policy and practice) at the University of Greenwich, London.