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Market competition in upper secondary education:: Perceived effects on teachers’ work
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
Borås högskola.
2011 (English)In: Policy Futures in Education, ISSN 1478-2103, Vol. 9, no 2, 193-205 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development and expansion of market solutions is one of the mostimportant changes in Swedish education in the last 30 years. The aim of the article is todescribe and analyse how students and staff in upper secondary schools perceive the impactof market competition on teachers’ work. Three groups of actors in two Swedish regionswere interviewed: students, teachers and principals. The interviews were carried out at eightschools in five municipalities, at both public and independent schools. The results show thatcompetition relations are more complex than is often assumed. Intensification of teachers’work is a common theme in the interviews. Traditional professional values and identities arechallenged by the market competition and a market-oriented teacher is shaped – whetherthe teachers like it or not. The extension of teachers’ tasks is increasingly about marketing. Anew type of service-minded and flexible teacher is created. Regarding the effects ofcompetition on teacher performance, the results are contradictory. The quality discourse isproblematised as there is no evident link between winners in the school competition and thequality of teaching and student outcomes. The Swedish case is interesting in theinternational literature as an example of a rapidly growing upper secondary school marketwhich is closer to the logic of the market than many other nations’ school systems.

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Oxford: Symposium Journals , 2011. Vol. 9, no 2, 193-205 p.
Keyword [en]
teachers' work, market competition, upper secondary school
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45075DOI: 10.2304/pfie.2011.9.2.193OAI: diva2:425364
Swedish Research Council, 2007-3579
Available from: 2011-06-22 Created: 2011-06-21 Last updated: 2011-06-22Bibliographically approved

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