Special issue of Education Inquiry: Critical issues and perspectives on justice through education

Special issue JustEd justice in education in the Nordic countries

The Nordic countries are topping many global indexes in terms of happiness, competitiveness and equality, and are often considered as the most democratic and fair countries in the world. In this special issue of the Education Inquiry journal, JustEd researchers are raising questions about whether the Nordic countries constitute a supermodel with regard to education, and in particular, with regard to justice-related issues in education.

The Nordic countries have a long tradition of fair and equal educational systems that aim to provide equal access to education irrespective of social status, economic situation, gender, language, religious or ethnic background. However, the Nordic understandings of the aims of justice through education and of how justice through education is attained have changed during the last decades.

In her editorial, JustEd’s Director Gunilla Holm is particularly raising concerns around the effects of market-oriented competition, social stratification, marginalisation and social exclusion:

“Recently, in the Nordic countries and globally, the global discourses and local educational policies have been influenced by the dynamics of globalisation and marketisation. It is vital to research issues of justice in and through education in the Nordic countries today. How do Nordic educational structures, cultures as well as teaching and learning practices, constrain or further justice in the globalising Nordic welfare states?”.

Read the whole editorial and all the articles in the special issue of Education Inquiry, Volume 9, 2018

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About the Author

About the Author: Charlotta Järf is in charge of the communications and marketing activities for JustEd, The Nordic Centre of Excellence, an international research network with 14 partner universities in 8 countries. With ten years of professional experience in Communications and Marketing, and five years as a TV, radio and newspaper journalist, Charlotta has a practical set of skills in strategical communications, PR, social media, graphic design, video and content production. .

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