History, nation and school inspections: the introduction of citizenship education in elementary schools in late nineteenth-century Sweden
2015 (English)In: History of Education, ISSN 0046-760X, E-ISSN 1464-5130, Vol. 44, no 3, 259-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It was in the late nineteenth century that teaching in Sweden?s elementary schools began its transformation from a religious education to a broader, national citizenship education that included history and geography. International research has pointed to a connection between the introduction of school inspections and the reform of public education during this period. In Sweden, however, the practice of inspection has not been explored at any length. This article therefore considers the part played by school inspections in the implementation of a more extensive curriculum in Swedish elementary schools in the period 1860?1900, with a particular focus on the subject of history, using a study of inspection reports from the diocese of Uppsala. It is argued that school inspectors had a key role in initiating reform at the local level, but also that the move towards broader-based citizenship education was not a simple, straightforward process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 44, no 3, 259-273 p.
History Educational Sciences
Research subject history of education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100429DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2014.1002018ISI: 000350465300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-100429DiVA: diva2:792174