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Welfare State Restructuring in Education and its National Refractions Finnish, Irish and Swedish Teachers' Perceptions of Current Changes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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2010 (English)In: Current Sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, E-ISSN 1461-7064, Vol. 58, no 4, 597-622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The governance of the welfare state is going through profound transformations in many western countries. Similarly, reforms, influenced by neoliberal ideology, are being applied particularly in the field of education all over Europe. However, it is likely that there are divergent outcomes as these widely shared models are adapted in historical and local particularities. The aim of this article is to examine how Finnish, Irish and Swedish teachers perceive change in professional control and autonomy, and the influence of documentation and evaluation on daily work. Correspondence analysis on survey data (N = 2304) shows that whereas the Finnish teachers regard that the new regulatory measures do not influence their daily work much, the Irish teachers, and also the Swedish teachers, tend to feel the increasing influence of control and accountability. Obviously, despite the similarities in formal policy and education acts, there are different kinds of restructuring operating in Finland, Ireland and Sweden.

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2010. Vol. 58, no 4, 597-622 p.
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education, Finland, Ireland, restructuring, survey, Sweden, teachers, welfare state
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50105DOI: 10.1177/0011392110368000ISI: 000279408500005OAI: diva2:382274
authorCount :5Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-21 Last updated: 2010-12-30Bibliographically approved

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