Research findings

Emerging segregation in schools in Iceland

By on 16.10.2018 in Research findings
Emerging segregation in schools in Iceland

The Nordic model seems to be in trouble in Iceland. The democratic school for all, where everybody is supposed to have equal rights and opportunities, is challenged by segregation trends. Differences in schools’ economical or cultural capital are becoming increasingly common. A school is no longer just a school, but a trademark. To attract the […]

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“Sorting out students with ‘special needs’ has long-term consequences for their lives”

By on 24.09.2018 in Research findings
“Sorting out students with ‘special needs’ has long-term consequences for their lives”

Sweden is expected to provide ‘a common school for all’. However, research shows that the Swedish society has failed in some aspects in creating equal opportunities in working life and further education. Young adults with intellectual disabilities or students with other difficulties in school are facing long-term consequences.   The ability of the Swedish educational […]

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Multicultural events – reinforcing differences or building bridges?

By on 13.09.2018 in Research findings
Multicultural events – reinforcing differences or building bridges?

Many schools and municipalities organize multicultural events to celebrate cultural diversity with food, dance and national costumes. Whereas participants are very enthusiastic, the research community is usually critical, arguing that the events may further division between people from different cultures. JustEd researcher Joke Dewilde wanted to investigate the matter from a new angle. Multicultural events […]

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JustEd panel discussion examined tools for social justice in education

JustEd panel discussion examined tools for social justice in education

Last Friday’s SuomiAreena panel discussion, co-arranged by Justed, was highly thought provoking and displayed current inequalities in access to education in Finland. The panelists presented various future tools for furthering equity and equality for everyone in choosing the education and professional path of their liking. Assistant Professor Sonja Kosunen, University of Helsinki, represented JustEd in […]

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JustEd panel discussion 20.7.2018:
Equal opportunities or predestined future?

JustEd panel discussion 20.7.2018: <br>Equal opportunities or predestined future?

  Finland is usually considered a welfare society and an ideal paragon of equality, where everybody has equal opportunities to education and the ability to pursue the vocation and career of their choice. But in reality, do we actually have equal access to education in Finland or is this a false assumption? PANEL DISCUSSION at […]

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JustEd wishes everyone a happy Helsinki Pride week!

By on 28.06.2018 in Research findings
JustEd wishes everyone a happy Helsinki Pride week!

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” (Tennessee Williams) At the University of Helsinki the colorful rainbow flag can be seen everywhere during Pride week. JustEd member and gender researcher Jukka Lehtonen comments on sexual and gender rights […]

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JustEd panel discussion on equal opportunities in education in Finland

JustEd panel discussion on equal opportunities in education in Finland

Do we really have equal access to education in Finland or is that a false assumption? To what degree can we influence our own future and how much does our parents’ socioeconomic situation, in terms of health, wealth, educational level and profession, influence our options in life? In July, JustEd is arranging a panel discussion scrutinizing […]

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‘Article of the year’ runner up award to Dennis Beach

‘Article of the year’ runner up award to Dennis Beach

We are delighted to announce that JustEd team leader Dennis Beach (University of Gothenburg) just received an award for his article ‘Whose justice is this! Capitalism, class and education justice and inclusion in the Nordic countries: race, space and class history’. The article was chosen as one of two runners up for the award of […]

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JustEd researchers supporting youth
at risk of social exclusion

JustEd researchers supporting youth <br> at risk of social exclusion

In Sweden, JustEd members are currently working on a new research collaboration project funded by the Swedish research council. The project ‘On the move’ put interest in students at risk of not being eligible for one of the Swedish upper secondary programs. The aim is to strengthen the educational and professional opportunities for students without […]

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“We need to stop talking about ‘normal’ students”

“We need to stop talking about ‘normal’ students”

JustEd director, professor Gunilla Holm and JustEd team leader, dean Fritjof Sahlström discuss marginalisation and discrimination in Nordic schools in a recent interview article in Hufvudstadsbladet (HBL), the biggest Swedish-language newspaper in Finland. “Marginalisation, discrimination and exclusion are common in Nordic schools. In order to make a change we need  to address these issues both on a political and practical […]

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