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Publication . Article . 2014

Till nytta eller onytta: Argument rörande allmänna ämnen i ungas yrkesutbildning i efterkrigstidens Sverige

Kristina Ledman;
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Published: 01 May 2014 Journal: Nordic Journal of Educational History, volume 1, issue 1, pages 21-43 (issn: 2001-7766, eissn: 2001-9076, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Umeå University
Country: Sweden

General Subjects in Vocational Education and Training in Post-War SwedenThe present article focuses on the role of general subjects in the curriculum for vocational education and training (VET) in Swedish upper secondary schools after the Second World War. It shows that a steady increase in general VET subjects as a result of Social Democratic legislation in 1968 and 1991 was interrupted by a Liberal-Conservative government bill introduced in 2009, which led to a reduction. The rhetoric of these reforms is analyzed with the intent of increasing insight into the perceived educational benefits of general subjects in VET. The study employs the analytical lens of Gert Biesta and his proposed major functions of education: qualification, socialization, and sub-jectification. The results serve to illuminate the present-day educational po-licy debate, showing that the place of general subjects in the curriculum has been motivated by the important role they play in educating youth in demo-cracy, teaching them to function effectively in an increasingly international-ized and multicultural society and economy, for their lifelong learning and for the continued economic growth of the Swedish society. With the enactment of the government bill of 2009, however, the qualifying function of general subjects in VET was devaluated. The new curriculum that followed prioritized strictly vocational skills and the transition of graduates directly into the labour market.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:History of education lcsh:LA5-2396

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Curriculum Pedagogy Vocational education History of education Psychology


g eneral subjects, curriculum reform, educational politics, vocational education, general subjects, upper secondary education, vocational education and training, yrkesutbildning, History, Education, Vocational education and training, general subjects, curriculum reform, educational politics, upper secondary education, Yrkesutbildning, allmänna ämnen, utbildningsreformer, utbildningspolitik, gymnasieskola, History, Historia, Educational Sciences, Utbildningsvetenskap

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