Evidence of inequality in urban Nordic schools

  • Date: 28 September 2021
  • Time: 12:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
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Join ARU's Cluster for Education Research on Identities and Inequalities (CERII) and Early Childhood Research Group (ECRG) for a talk from Anabel Corral-Granados, Anna Cecilia Rapp and Eli Smeplass (University of Trondheim NTNU), reviewing the research literature on inequality in urban primary schools.

The talk is based on a forthcoming article which aims to provide a review of the research literature on inequality in urban primary schools. The speakers synthesize the literature about Norway, Sweden, and Finland, to investigate the differences between explicit welfare goals for the Nordic educational system and the gap between equity as an ideology and as a system output. Although the Nordic educational models have maintained values and historical traditions that include equity and inclusion, researchers have found strong evidence that these models can reproduce unequal opportunities for minoritized groups in big cities that feature consistent urban segregation.

The article is based on a review of relevant policies and the latest Nordic urban literature and utilizes a nested socio-ecological framework. The thematic analysis demonstrates that earlier research on the topic is extensive and points in many different directions when examining inequality in education. Structurally orientated research identifies problems in the educational system that are caused by difficulties in translating policy goals and institutional factors. Actor-orientated research draws on students’ aspirational motivations and teachers’ competencies. Finally, thespeakers' analysis reveals different socio-cultural scenarios and challenges that relate to equity in each Nordic country.

About the speakers

Anabel Corral-Granados, University of Trondheim NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Anabel Corral-Granados is a postdoctoral research fellow engaged in the Childhood, School and Inequality in the Nordic Countries (Unequal Childhood) project of the Department of Teacher Education (NTNU).

In her PhD thesis from Anglia Ruskin University (UK), she explored conceptualisations of inclusion, understanding, and implementation of inclusive ways to teach children with disabilities. She has in-depth competence in organisational theories, policy analysis, and inclusion teaching.

She has experience from The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education in both Brussels (Belgium) and Odense (Denmark). She has worked as an Associate Professor at the State University of Alicante, where she coordinated three different units on educational psychology and taught on children’s rights; educational psychology and international policy in education.

Anna Cecilia Rapp, University of Trondheim NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Anna Cecilia Rapp is an associate professor in Sociology. Her research focuses on school, organization, social inequality, inclusion/exclusion, upbringing conditions, school sport and physical activity. She is one of three leaders for the Childhood, School and Inequality in the Nordic Countries (Unequal Childhood) project and she is leading the connected project, Nordic Unequal Childhood.

Rapp's PhD thesis is titled: The organization of social inequality in school. A study of primary schools' institutional design and practice in two Nordic municipalities.

Eli Smeplass, University of Trondheim NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Eli Smeplass is an associate professor at the Department for Teacher Education, Section for Vocational Studies, School Development and Educational Leadership. She has a PhD in Sociology on teacher education in an organizational perspective.

Her research is focused on education and social inequality and teacher education, educational organization and power. She is the leader of the Inequality, Welfare and Organization research group in her department.

  • Date: 28 September 2021
  • Time: 12:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
Book via Eventbrite