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Imperatives for 'Right' Educational Choices in Swedish Educational Policy
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2014 (English)In: The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, ISSN 2051-0969, E-ISSN 1740-2743, Vol. 12, no 1Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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Abstract The present article is based on a critical semiotic investigation of the Swedish Long-Term Survey on economic development. It aims to examine how recent Swedish policy trends bring specific economic, political and social processes together to form a system of meaning for both motivation and regulation over individuals’ educational choices. What is specifically investigated is how the survey directs attention to shaping actors’ wants and decisions in relation to economically productive educational choices through information about education and employment and how education reorganization can redirect economic liabilities from the public to the individual. The particular consequences for educational choices are discussed from the concepts of righteousness, reasonableness and necessity as semantic distinctions that are used to illustrate causal claims on a policy level. The article indicates that these policies rest on apparently categorical ontological and epistemological assumptions on how to direct choices. This appears to be a complexity reduction with the attempt to imply the pre-eminence of economic meaning and motivation for people’s decisions in education and social participation. Keywords: Critical semiotics, educational choice, educational policy, communicative rationality.

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Institute for Education Policy Studies , 2014. Vol. 12, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1785Local ID: 2320/13258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1785DiVA, id: diva2:869854
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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