Team 6 Agency, Marginalisation & Diversity: Transitions of Young People from Various Backgrounds

Team 6 contributes to the centre’s third theme on agency, marginalisation and diversity, by focusing on the educational practices and transitions of children and young people from various backgrounds.

The dropping out of education and social exclusion of young people is a burning question in all Nordic countries and the EU. However, there is little comparative research on these issues in the Nordic context. This team focuses on the exclusion/inclusion of children and young people at various stages of education, and the conditions that hamper and further their inclusion and transitions through education. Central to this is also children’s and young people’s agency and responses to their situation. The team will analyse, compare and trouble politics and practices in Finland, Norway and Sweden. We study in particular those considered vulnerable or ’at risk’, and include children and youth from a diversity of backgrounds in terms of gender, culture, social, class, sexuality, locality and dis/abilities. The team has a strong interest in intersectionality.

The aims of the research are 1) to analyse the including/excluding policies and practices in educational institutions and stages of transition, with some comparison between Finland, Sweden and Norway; 2) to analyse the reflections and responses to schooling of children and young people in educational transitions; 3) to collaborate in dialogue with young people, professionals and other actors in the educational contexts for more equal practices. In order to achieve this, we will make use of crosscultural methodologies that have been used in our earlier collaborative work within the NordCrit network, funded by NordForsk 2010-2012. We now aim to take these analyses further, drawing on existing data and ongoing projects from the three involved countries. We work in close collaboration with especially team 2 and 4.

Team members

Elisabet Öhrn, Professor (Team leader)
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
elisabet.ohrn(a)ped.gu.se
Achievement and gender. On teaching, youth groups and local conditions.
Rural youth. Education, place and participation.

Petra Angervall, Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
petra.angervall(a)ped.gu.se

Anne-Lise Arnesen, Professor
Faculty of Education, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University
anne-lise.arnesen(a)hioa.no
Students at risk. Pathways to vocational competence and Knowledge, participation and diversity in educational contexts

Ulla Bente, PhD student
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
bente.ulla(a)hiof.no
Østfold University College

Tuuli From,  PhD student
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
tuuli.from(a)helsinki.fi
One school for all? Constructing cultural spaces in educational discourse and practice in the context of Nordic national minorities

Jan Gustafsson, Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
jan.gustafsson(a)ped.gu.se
Achievement and gender. On teaching, youth groups and local conditions

Carina Hjelmér, Assistant professor
Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University
carina.hjelmer(a)edusci.umu.se

Monica Johansson, Assistant professor
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
monica.johansson.3(a)gu.se
Rural youth. Education, place and participation.

Ole Erik Klinge, PhD student
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
ole.e.klinge(a)hiof.no

Elina Lahelma, Professor
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
elina.lahelma(a)helsinki.fi
Citizenship, Agency and Difference in Upper Secondary Education – With Special focus on Vocational Education.

Jukka Lehtonen, senior researcher
Gender Studies, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki
jukka.p.lehtonen(a)helsinki.fi
Transitions of non-heterosexual and transgender youth in education and work environment and LGBT youth work and young people’s agency (part of the Academy of Finland funded projects “Enabling South African and Finnish youth towards new traditions of non-violence, equality and social well-being” and “Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland (WEAll)”

Kjersti E. Lien Holte, Associate professor
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
kjersti.e.holte(a)hiof.no

Lisabeth Lundahl, Professor
Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University
lisbeth.lundahl(a)umu.se
Troublesome transitions: School-to-work transitions of young people at risk in a longitudinal perspective (PI) and  Inclusive and competitive. Changing understandings and practices of social inclusion in upper secondary

Eva Martinsen Dyrnes, PhD
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
eva.m.dyrnes(a)hiof.no
Students at risk. Pathways to vocational competence.

Andreas Ottemo, PhD student
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
andreas.ottemo(a)ped.gu.se

Per-Åke Rosvall, Assistant professor
Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University
per-ake.rosvall@edusci.umu.se
Rural youth. Education, place and participation.

Maria Rönnlund, Associate professor
Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University
maria.ronnlund(a)umu.se
Teaching and learning in the active learning classroom (2017-2020), Place and space in educational science (2015-2017), Integration of newly arrived immigrants in rural areas in Sweden (2016-2019), Critical education in vocational subjects? Civic knowledge in vocational programmes, policy documents and classroom practice  (2016-2019), Rural youth. Education, place and participation (2014-2017).

Åse Røthing, Professor
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
ase.rothing(a)hiof.no
“Multicultural societies” in Norwegian textbooks and Gender equality, ethnicity and sexuality: Exploring multicultural sex education in three Nordic countries

Tarja Tolonen, Senior lecturer, Docent
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
tatolone(a)mappi.helsinki.fi

Gaby Weiner, Visiting professor
Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER),
School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex
gaby.weiner(a)btinternet.com

Anna-Karin Wyndhamn
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
anna-karin.wyndhamn(a)ped.gu.se

Knut Ove Æsøy, PhD student
Faculty of Education, Østfold University College
knut.o.asoy(a)hiof.no
Professionalism and Science: Exploring the scientific mindset in textbooks at nurse and teacher education.

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