Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Government & International Studies

Abstract

From the beginning of the 1990s, the Swedish society has been affected by various changes at various levels. This modified social, political and economic context led to several reforms implemented in the educational arena. These reforms dealt with decentralisation, choice, use of market forces and privatisation. All these aspects had an impact on language education. This article will focus upon the social, ideological/political and educational parameters having affected language‐in‐education policy in Sweden these last years. It will investigate the present‐day position of languages – Swedish, minority languages, English and other foreign languages – in the Swedish educational milieu. It is based upon the following main assumption: an investigation into the position of these languages in education highlights the new trends observed in the educational sphere since the 1990s. These new trends themselves echo the various changes Sweden has been experiencing lately in several domains.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Educational Studies

Volume number

35

Issue number

4

Publisher

Rouledge

First Page (page number)

379

Last Page (page number)

389

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1080/03055690802648366

ISSN (print)

0305-5698

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03055690802648366

Keywords

language‐in‐education policy, Sweden, English, Swedish as a second language, second foreign languages, minority languages

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