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Theandersson, Christer
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Puaca, G., Theandersson, C. & Carlén, M. (2017). Resisting consumerist rationalities in higher vocational education. The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 15(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resisting consumerist rationalities in higher vocational education
2017 (English)In: The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, ISSN 2051-0969, E-ISSN 1740-2743, Vol. 15, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Swedish higher education policy is currently moving toward consumption ideals that focus on promoting the efficiency and economic viability of student choices. This paper scrutinizes students’ practical considerations when making decisions regarding their education and future occupations and the choice rationalities and motives that these reflect. This issue is empirically investigated via a semi-structured questionnaire (n = 322) distributed to students from seven vocational Swedish human resource management (HRM) university programs. Vocational university programs like HRM are a significant growth sector in higher education. What is unclear, however, is whether these forms of education reinforce a desired policy ambition toward consumerist subjectivity among choice agents. The results of the study do not exclusively or even primarily express consumerist subjectivity. By vitalizing Pierre Bourdieu’s term “reasonable”, an organic form of reasoning becomes apparent that does not separate intrinsic dimensions of learning, knowledge, or personal and social concerns from merit and economic compensation. Moreover, the results indicate that security and interpersonal distinctions relating to professional alignment are situated in the forefront of the expressed motives for these educational choices.

Keywords
Higher vocational education, consumer, choice agents, neoliberal policy, Pierre Bourdieu
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11894 (URN)000404658900010 ()2-s2.0-85016281094 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2018-12-07Bibliographically approved
Theandersson, C. & Löfström, M. (2014). Boundaries and collaboration: A matter of demarcation or cross-boundary endeavors?. In: : . Paper presented at The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, June 11-13 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Boundaries and collaboration: A matter of demarcation or cross-boundary endeavors?
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
collaboration, boundaries, Organization theory
National Category
Sociology Business Administration
Research subject
Bussiness and IT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7325 (URN)2320/14566 (Local ID)2320/14566 (Archive number)2320/14566 (OAI)
Conference
The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, June 11-13 2014
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved
Puaca, G., Theandersson, C. & Carlén, M. (2014). Neoliberal Rationalities in Swedish Vocational Higher Education. In: : . Paper presented at XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an unequal world: Challenges for global sociology, 13-19 July, 2014, Yokohama, Japan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neoliberal Rationalities in Swedish Vocational Higher Education
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increasing function of universities as institutions for mass education might affect democracy and the universities' contribution to society. Students as choice-agents need to be involved in these processes. This paper scrutinises how students’ practical considerations for choices in education and future occupations correspond to policy objectives of socially productive educational choices. These objectives currently follow neoliberal rationalities regarding how to divide the responsibilities between the state and its citizens. In this context, choice-agents have to learn to identify themselves as economic subjects able to cope with economic transformation. The aim of our research is to examine the correspondence between educational policy objectives and students’ educational choices in practice. The research questions posed are to what extent students’ choices and motives reflect a (neoliberal) instrumentality? Is there a resistance against such rationalities in students’ actual choice-strategies? This issue is empirically investigated via a semi-structured questionnaire (n=322) with students from 7 vocational Swedish Human Resource programs in higher education. The case of higher education programme was seen as relevant, since weak professional university programs tend to stimulate rationalities amongst students that ritualise the role of education in terms of its formal credentials. Vocational programs are also a significant growth sector in higher education, with large proportions of non-traditional students. What is unclear, however, is whether these forms of education reinforce a desired policy ambition with regard to instrumental choices in education. These are policy rationalities that are questioned in the paper from a choice agency approach. The results of the study point to patterns where students tend to resist instrumentality and integrate their decisions in education as reflexive and relative autonomous personal projects in relation to the recognized social powers of the labor market.

Keywords
Neoliberal rationalities, choice-agents, vocational higher education, Sociology
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7341 (URN)2320/14657 (Local ID)2320/14657 (Archive number)2320/14657 (OAI)
Conference
XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an unequal world: Challenges for global sociology, 13-19 July, 2014, Yokohama, Japan
Note

Paper presented at the International Sociological Association’s World Congress of Sociology 13-19 July 2014, Yokohama, Japan

Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved
Carlén, M., Löfström, M. & Theandersson, C. (2014). Utvärdering av Närvårdssamverkan Södra Älvsborg. Högskolan i Borås
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utvärdering av Närvårdssamverkan Södra Älvsborg
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås, 2014
Series
Rapport från FoU Sjuhärad Välfärd ; 34
Keywords
Organisering, Ledarskap, implementering, Samverkan, Offentlig förvaltning
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4631 (URN)2320/14277 (Local ID)978-91-85025-30-5 (ISBN)2320/14277 (Archive number)2320/14277 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17
Theandersson, C. & Rolandsson, B. (2013). Preventing Cooperative Knowledge Production From Falling Apart: A Matter of Trust in Academia. SAGE Open, October-December(4), 1-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preventing Cooperative Knowledge Production From Falling Apart: A Matter of Trust in Academia
2013 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. October-December, no 4, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to analyze why work life representatives are engaging themselves in joint knowledge production with academia. We intend to deepen our understanding of how the practitioners’ trust in academia is constituted, that is what trust-building practices conditions their trust. The article is based on interviews with practitioners who are cooperating with a Swedish research center. The result indicates that practitioners’ trust in cooperation is based on a combination of different trust-building practices, among which the academy as a dependable supplier of objective and authoritative knowledge production is still important. At the same time, practitioners’ trust is also dependent on the existence of shared and integrated knowledge production relevant to their professions. The main conclusion of the study is that academia has to manage a set of different conditions demanding that different trust-building practices be combined and managed for trust to be maintained.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications, 2013
Keywords
trust, cooperation, working life, academy, joint knowledge production, trust-building practices
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1622 (URN)10.1177/2158244013511259 (DOI)2320/12708 (Local ID)2320/12708 (Archive number)2320/12708 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Theandersson, C. (2010). "De lever tills den dagen de dör": vård i livets slut - en studie av första linjens chefer. Högskolan i Borås, Institutionen för pedagogik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"De lever tills den dagen de dör": vård i livets slut - en studie av första linjens chefer
2010 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås, Institutionen för pedagogik, 2010
Series
Rapport från Institutionen för pedagogik, ISSN 1404-0913 ; 1
Keywords
palliativ vård, sjukvårdspersonal, ledarskap
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4454 (URN)2320/6279 (Local ID)978-91-85659-56-2 (ISBN)2320/6279 (Archive number)2320/6279 (OAI)
Note

Föreliggande rapport har skrivits inom ramen för utvärderingsprojektet Implementering

av lokalt vårdprogram i palliativ vård i livets slut inom hälso- och sjukvården i södra Älvsborg. Projektet som finansierats av ReKo Sjuhärad behandlar vilken betydelse implementeringen av ett palliativt vårdprogram får i ett organisatoriskt sammanhang med tre olika vårdgivare – sjukhus, kommun och primärvård. Inom ramen för detta större projekt är syftet med denna rapport att belysa hur första linjens chefer beskriver och uppfattar palliativ vård i ett tidigt skede av implementeringen av detta vårdprogram. Ytterligare ett syfte är att

återge den ledarskapsorientering denna chefskategori ger uttryck för i frågor

som rör palliativ vård, liksom att belysa om i så fall på vilket sätt chefernas beskrivningar och uppfattningar ligger i linje med den palliativa vårdfilosofin.

Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17
Theandersson, C. (2008). "De lever tills den dagen de dör". Den palliativa vårdens innebörd, filosofi och mål: en studie av första linjens chefer. In: : . Paper presented at 1:a nationella Arbetslivsforskningskonferensen, Hållbart arbetsliv och/eller lönsamhet? 6-7 maj 2008, Växjö universitet.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"De lever tills den dagen de dör". Den palliativa vårdens innebörd, filosofi och mål: en studie av första linjens chefer
2008 (Swedish)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
palliativ vård, vårdfilosofi, Pedagogiskt arbete
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6103 (URN)2320/4559 (Local ID)2320/4559 (Archive number)2320/4559 (OAI)
Conference
1:a nationella Arbetslivsforskningskonferensen, Hållbart arbetsliv och/eller lönsamhet? 6-7 maj 2008, Växjö universitet
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-10-14Bibliographically approved
Theandersson, C. (2007). Förhållningssätt och strategier i förhållande till arbetsmarknaden hos olika studentkategorier. In: Perspektiv på demokrati. En vänbok till Hans Lindfors.: . Högskolan i Borås. Institutionen för pedagogik.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förhållningssätt och strategier i förhållande till arbetsmarknaden hos olika studentkategorier
2007 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på demokrati. En vänbok till Hans Lindfors., Högskolan i Borås. Institutionen för pedagogik. , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås. Institutionen för pedagogik., 2007
Series
Skrifter från Institutionen för pedagogik, Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 1404-0905 ; 2007:1
National Category
Sociology Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4736 (URN)2320/2840 (Local ID)978-91-85659-09-8 (ISBN)2320/2840 (Archive number)2320/2840 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2017-10-24Bibliographically approved
Puaca, G. & Theandersson, C. (2007). Gender and social stratfication in higher education: a swedish case. In: : . Paper presented at Presentation at the GEA conference 28-30 March 2007, Trinity College, Dublin..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender and social stratfication in higher education: a swedish case
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research project addresses the conference theme of citizenship and inclusion. Variables of class, gender and ethnicity are here vital in evaluating the meaning of inclusion – both in a wider societal context, and how it affects individuals’ perspective on opportunities. This project description is part of a doctoral thesis, and addresses the issues: (1) which student groups are entering an average-sized Swedish University College, and (2) how students allocate their education as a resource in relation to their social grouping. The selected University College for a case study is characterised by advocating closeness between study programmes and working-life, and the social background of the students is fairly heterogeneous. Many of the students are women, and the issue of gender in relation to qualitative and quantitative goals of higher education is essential. The working hypothesis states that patterns of social stratification persist in Swedish higher education, and this leads to the question of how an increased number of students in higher education relates to goals of equality and diversity. Methods used are both qualitative and quantitative.

National Category
Sociology Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5745 (URN)2320/2841 (Local ID)2320/2841 (Archive number)2320/2841 (OAI)
Conference
Presentation at the GEA conference 28-30 March 2007, Trinity College, Dublin.
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved
Zimmerman, F., Rolandsson, B., Oudhuis, M., Riestola, P., Theandersson, C., Bartley, K. & Puaca, G. (2007). Perspektiv på demokrati. Högskolan i Borås, Institutionen för pedagogik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perspektiv på demokrati
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2007 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
en vänbok till Hans Lindfors
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås, Institutionen för pedagogik, 2007
Series
Skrifter från Institutionen för pedagogik, Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 1404-0905 ; 2007:1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4319 (URN)2320/3034 (Local ID)978-91-85659-09-8 (ISBN)2320/3034 (Archive number)2320/3034 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17
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