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The struggling concept of social issues in social studies: A discourse analysis on the use of a central concept in syllabuses for social studies in Swedish upper secondary school
Högskolan Dalarna.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4518-0239
Högskolan Dalarna.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3160-7561
2015 (English)In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1611-9665, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 14, no 1, 6-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a study of how the concept of social issues was used in various ways in syllabuses for the school subject Samhällskunskap (Social Studies) in Swedish upper secondary school from 1965 to 2011. The concept is present in all syllabuses, be it with shifting status and position. A discourse analysis of syllabus texts shows how the concept of social issues in some contexts functions as a subject content among other contents, while functioning as a central, organizing principle in others. This analysis also shows how the use of the concept social issues further indicates what educational philosophies and working methods are advocated in the syllabuses. The use of the concept may in turn be interpreted as part of a discursive struggle of powers between advocators of a differentiated upper secondary school model on the one hand and advocators of a unified upper-secondary school model on the other. In this sense, the study of a single concept used in syllabuses may contribute to a discussion about larger educational discourse and the normativity embedded in education in general and in the school subject Samhällskunskap in particular.

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Bielefeld University , 2015. Vol. 14, no 1, 6-18 p.
Keyword [en]
Social issues, Social studies, syllabus, upper secondary school, discourse analysis
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48195DOI: 10.2390/jsse-v14-i1-1374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48195DiVA: diva2:1083881
Available from: 2017-03-22 Created: 2017-03-22 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved
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