Leaving school for what?: Notes on school-to-work transitions and school dropout in Norway and Sweden
2012 (English)In: Education for Social Justice, Equity and Diversity / [ed] Torill Strand & Merethe Roos, Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2012, 85-108 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Young people without an upper secondary education face considerably increased risks of unemployment and social exclusion. In this article, Norwegian and Swedish policies aiming to support young people´s school-to-work transitions and minimize school dropout are analysed and compared, applying a categorisation of social inclusion from Arnesen & Lundahl (2006). It is concluded that the similarities between Norway and Sweden with regard to four factors - access to education and the labour market, division and integration, the distribution of resources and the placing of responsibilities - tend to dominate the picture. There are, however, also a number of noteworthy differences. In particular, young Swedes run larger risks of unemployment than Norwegian youth. Norway has been more proactive and has taken more comprehensive approaches than Sweden to facilitate transitions within upper secondary education and between school and work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2012. 85-108 p.
school dropout, school-to-work transition, Sweden, Norway
Research subject educational work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58094ISBN: 978-3-643-90255-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58094DiVA: diva2:546772
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2009-5964