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Leaving school for what?: Notes on school-to-work transitions and school dropout in Norway and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Ungas utbildning, karriärutveckling och välfärd (UKV))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5791-081X
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)
Abstract [en]

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.

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Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2012. 85-108 p.
Keyword [en]
school dropout, school-to-work transition, Sweden, Norway
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58094ISBN: 978-3-643-90255-9OAI: diva2:546772
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5964
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved

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