Date: 4 November 2020
Björn Åstrand, Associate professor at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University
Equality and equity in education is since long a key policy priority internationally as well as in Sweden. Despite policy priority these ambitions have been hard to realize. OECD and the Swedish School Commission of 2015 have voiced concern regarding the development in Sweden. The governmental inquiry on improved equity in Swedish education through reduced school segregation and improved resource allocation (2018-2020) was anchored in the analysis offered but the School Commission. Today’s presentation introduces the final report from the inquiry (SOU 2020:28) and sets focus on the current situation, notions of equality and equity and policy alternatives. In addition, it aims at presenting a theoretical model for understanding of educational equity, two alternative historical perspectives on the problem at stake and finally some reflections on understandings of the role a researcher in a policy producing context.
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