Good Intentions and Altruistic Objectives : Observing ‘Edu-preneurs’ at a School Fair

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Title Good Intentions and Altruistic Objectives : Observing ‘Edu-preneurs’ at a School Fair
Author Ideland, Malin ; Jobér, Anna ; Axelsson, Thom ; Erlandsson, Magnus ; Serder, Margareta
Date 2018
English abstract
As an answer to a discourse on a Swedish school in crisis a large edu-political apparatus has been implemented. Arguments on e.g. decreasing results, segregation, and equal opportunities has reinforced a number of actors to enter the educational field – actors here called “edu-preneurs” (Rönnberg, 2017). The actors offer a multitude of products and services to schools and essential parts of everyday schooling thus become outsourced on external actors using education as an arena to reach the core of the society – the children. This process, nurtured by political reforms such as the possibility to profit on public funds (Jober, submitted) has “re-calibrated” the Swedish school – from a government-dominated and unified educational system to an unruly free market (Ball, 2009; Hamilton, 2011). This market and its edu-preneurs will be investigated in the project ‘Education Inc.’, funded by the Swedish Research Council (Ideland, Axelsson, Jobér & Serder, 2016). The project aims to study how private actors and logics change the conditions for what counts as good education. Three forms of commodification of education, outlined by Molnar (2006), will be studied: (1) actors selling to schools; (2) actors selling in schools; and (3) actors buying for schools. In order to create a baseline for the Education Inc. project this paper describes one the first sub studies. This sub study aims to scrutinise foremost actors selling to school when presenting themselves and engage with the school community at a school fair. The overarching aims of the Education Inc. project is to study under what conditions, in what forms and with which consequences ‘edu-preneurial’ actors engage in Swedish schools. This particular sub study focus on with what objectives do edu-preneurial companies, NGOs and their employees engage in Swedish school.
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ECER 2018 Conference Theme : Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research? (4-7 of September, 2018 : Bolzano, Italy)
Language eng (iso)
Subject altruistic objectives
edu-preneurs
neoliberalism
Education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26809 Permalink to this page
Link https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-2018-bolzano/... (external link to related web page)
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