Operationalizing equity : the complexities of equity in practice

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Operationalizing equity : the complexities of equity in practice
Author(s) Andreasson, Ingela ; Ohlsson, Lisbeth ; Assarson, Inger
Date 2015
English abstract
The aim of this article is to offer some reflections on the relationship between meanings of equity at the national level and those working with these questions in local schools. We argue that meanings of equity at the national level are in strong contrast to the range complexity identified in local schools. The article draws from case study research, and the empirical data were gathered in seven schools, ranging from preschools to upper secondary schools. Our focus is on how issues of equity are interpreted and what challenges the schools face in relation to this. Our intention is to gain insights into processes where values of equity are negotiated, renegotiated and reshaped in daily contexts in schools. Our results convey a complex picture with a wide variation in how school staff interpret and work with fundamental values. This variation appears both within and between schools. An analysis of the variations resulted in three overarching themes: values as taken for granted, values as formalized and values as a pedagogical flow. These three themes are not exclusive or limited; instead, they should be seen as intertwined.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1746197915607280 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Education, citizenship and social justice;3
Volume 10
ISSN 1746-1987
Pages 266-277
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) case study
compulsory schools
fundamental values
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19723 (link to this page)

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