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Valfrihetens konsekvenser: medvetna och omedvetna skolval
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Consequences of feedom of choice : conscious and unconscious choices of schools (English)
Abstract [en]

This study illuminates chosen parts of the present opportunities, in the Western World, for parents and children to choose which school the child will attend (freedom of choice), along with possible consequences that may follow. My research questions are: 1) Do tendencies show that freedom of choice leads to increased segregation, and if that is the case, how is it manifested and does it matter? 2) What relations between the student composition of schools and teachers' expectations and attitudes toward students are there? 3) Do the results from previous studies match with the result from my interviews? The methods used for answering the questions are literature studies and interviews made with six teachers who are working in two upper secondary schools in the northern part of Sweden, i.e. three from each school.

The result shows that freedom of choice, regarding schools, seems to lead to student compositions that contribute to increased segregation in societies. It leads to more homogenous student compositions, in the form of ethnicity and social class, in schools in general, with consequences like different expectations and attitudes among teachers depending on the status of the composition. A student composition of lower social class in general, seems to lead to lower expectations from teachers.

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2009. , 43 p.
Keyword [sv]
segregation, elevsammansättning, prestationskrav, etnicitet, social klass
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-23200OAI: diva2:221390
E 222, Umeå Universitet, Umeå (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2009-08-28 Created: 2009-06-04 Last updated: 2011-04-11Bibliographically approved

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