Managing equity: experiences from Canada and Sweden
2010 (English)In: International Studies in Educational Administration, ISSN 1324-1702, Vol. 38, no 3, 3-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Both Canada and Sweden are experiencing major demographic changes that have an impact on the organisation of schools. Here we report on an exploratory study which sought to examine the ways in which principals from each of those two countries manage questions of equity. The findings of this small-scale preliminary investigation suggest that principals actively resist any attempts to recognize diversity and difference. Where diversity and difference were recognised, it was in the sense of a deficit model. Further, we found a consistent superficiality with respect to discussions of values or of alternative pedagogical or organ isational approaches. Rather, respondents gave the impression of being pragmatic and situation-based, using avoidance strategies to minimise differences with the intention of creating equitable access and opportunity for all students. Further and more comprehensive research is required to determine the extent to which these findings may be replicated in other jurisdictions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) , 2010. Vol. 38, no 3, 3-17 p.
Political Science Pedagogy Educational Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37881DiVA: diva2:370848