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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Research Seminar: The distribution and mobility of teachers in Sweden's marketised school system

27th November 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, ED134, Dr Emil Bertilsson,

Since the introduction of several market reforms in the early 1990s the Swedish educational system has moved from a comprehensive system, resting on the pillars of non-segregation, social levelling, public funding and equal delivery of education, towards a system characterised by deregulation, differentiation and increasing social and ethnic segregation. The introduction of an almost unrestricted freedom of choice of school for students (and their parents), operating through a voucher system, and greater opportunities for private actors to open up independent schools, has resulted in growing competition between schools on local school markets.

Teachers, and the professional resources they carry, are important players in this competition. However, very little research has been devoted to analysing the consequences of these processes for teachers’ careers and work situation. This presentation will discuss preliminary results from an ongoing study that makes use of Swedish register data (covering all teachers and students in lower secondary schools during the years 1995-2016) to analyse changes in teacher distribution and teacher mobility. Questions being addressed are: Has the increasing social segregation pattern of students also resulted in an uneven distribution of teacher resources (regarding for instance teachers work-experience and qualifications)? Are there signs of increasing mobility among teachers, and if so, how can this mobility be explained?

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