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Skolplikten och dess befrielsegrunder: Om praktiskt tillämpning och lagstiftning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2007 (Swedish)In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, Vol. 16, no 1, 9-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND THE GROUNDS FOR EXEMPTION. PRACTICALAPPLICATION AND LEGISLATION. This article examines conflicts that may arisebetween the education system and parents regarding specific elements in achild’s education. Such conflicts may stem from a divergence between familynorms and the norms of the school. Potential areas of conflict include thechild’s participation in physical education lessons or a school trip. Thearticle is divided into two parts. The first compares four different schools’attitudes concerning the possibility of children opting out of compulsoryschool activities at the family’s request. The results show that attitudestowards families vary between schools. The second part of the articleexamines the issue of compulsory school attendance in a legal sense, in thelight of the legislation on the subject and the legal literature. The law oncompulsory attendance is unclear, but court rulings show that it is notlawful to allow children to opt out of specific elements of their educationon the basis of their parents’ wishes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 16, no 1, 9-29 p.
Keyword [en]
education, compulsory school attendance law.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24181OAI: diva2:196955
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6736Available from: 2007-03-29 Created: 2007-03-29 Last updated: 2010-07-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Utbildning på (o)lika villkor: Om kön och etnisk bakgrund i grundskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utbildning på (o)lika villkor: Om kön och etnisk bakgrund i grundskolan
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to examine children’s educational conditions in senior compulsory school. The purpose is to compare girls and boys’ conditions on the basis of ethnical background. The thesis includes four articles. The first three are based on questionnaire data from 1,193 children, 13 to 15 years old, at four Swedish municipal schools. The last article includes two studies: A study conducted among the headmasters at the four schools and a study of the compulsory school attendance law.

The first article introduces a study concerning parental involvement in their children’s education. The aim is to examine the children’s experience of their parents’ assistance in their homework, participation in school meetings and interest in their education. Finally, these topics are analysed in relation to the children’s own involvement in their education. The second article introduces a study concerning schoolchildren’s involvement in their own education and factors that correlate, beside parental involvement. The implicit aim is to study the children’s experience of teacher support, their situation in school and attitudes towards university education. The third article introduces a study concerning parent’s directives regarding their child’s participation in social activities. The aim of the study is to examine how many children that are not allowed to participate in social activities and some educational elements at school, for example psychical education and school journeys. The results of the questionnaire show great complexity concerning how the children experience their conditions, where sex/gender and ethnicity correlate. The last article examines the conflicts that may arise between the educational system and the parents regarding specific elements in their child’s education. This study examines the attitude of the schools towards allowing children to refrain from compulsory attendance at the family’s request. Results show that the attitude towards the families varies between the schools. The compulsory attendance law is indistinct, but legal cases show that it is illegal to allow children to refrain from specific elements within the education to fulfil the parent’s wishes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för socialt arbete - Socialhögskolan, 2007. 258 p.
Rapport i socialt arbete, ISSN 0281-6288 ; 120
Education, School, Children, Sex, Gender, Immigrant
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6736 (URN)91-7155-405-X (ISBN)
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2007-04-20, Aula Svea, Socialhögskolan, Sveaplan, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2007-03-29 Created: 2007-03-29 Last updated: 2010-10-21Bibliographically approved

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