14 SES 11 A, Parental Involvement. Commonalities and Differences across Europe (Part 2)
Symposium continued from 14 SES 10 A
The paper explores the shifting educational landscape in Sweden by describing and analyzing how images of parental involvement in schooling emerged in government policy on homework support between 2007 and 2015. Homework support (HWS) refers to support with school work in different organized forms that take place outside of school hours and outside of school facilities. In this paper we target homework support in the form of supplementary education (SE). Lately, there has been a worldwide growth of SE, which has resulted in a wide variety of forms as well as an increased number of participants (Bray, 2011). According to Mori and Baker (2010) SE mimics formal education in ways that suggests that it in time may become an incorporated part of the broader cultures of education in the world. In Sweden, who has seen little of SE up until recently, a possibility for parents to receive tax reduction for private homework support services for the period 2007-2013 created opportunities for companies providing SE to establish, thus bringing new actors and practices into the educational landscape. In 2014-2015 reforms aimed at limiting this market were implemented to ensure the availability of SE for all children, either within the formal school system or through non-profit organizations. However, many of the SE companies were by then already well-established on the consolidated market. Consequently, we can now see a trend in Sweden of parents becoming consumers of education provided outside the regular school system, in ways that also come to rewrite the map of parental involvement in schooling in ways we know little about. By using a curriculum theory based policy analysis we will focus on the arguments formulated in the Swedish government policy on homework support between 2007 and 2015. We analyze the problems identified in the arguments as well as the actions that are suggested to handle the problems. Through this analysis we will discuss SE as changing the rules of engagement for parents involvement in schooling. Key-words: parental involvement, supplementary education, homework support, qualitative study
Bray, TM. (2011). The Challenge of Shadow Education: Private Tutoring and its Implications for Poli-cy Makers in the European Union. Luxembourg: European Commission. Mori, I., & Baker, D. (2010). The origin of universal shadow education: what the supplemental edu-cation phenomenon tells us about the postmodern institution of education. Asia Pacific Educ. Rev., 11, 36–48.
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