The Democratic Tradition And The Evolution Of Schooling In Norway

Hardcover | October 1, 1989

byVal Dean Rust

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In this, the first English-language study of educational reform in Norway, Rust isolates and defines the historical forces that have molded Norwegian school reform since the country gained its independence. The book examines the ways in which Norway was able to move from a traditional dualistic school structure to a more comprehensive and unified form that serves the country today. It focuses not only on the structural changes that occurred in primary and secondary schools, but also on the equality of educational opportunity and the issue of where control over education lies. The book begins with a survey of Norway's social and educational status at the time of its independence in 1814. The subsequent reforms are then discussed in terms of four cycles: the attempt to build a coordinated system of education, the building of a comprehensive school that would include large segments of the population, the attempt to legally strengthen the unity of the system following Norway's break from Sweden in 1905, and the experimentation with a compulsory basic school that led to the integrated schooling program of today. A final section considers the degree to which Norway has accomplished its goals and the radical move to shift control from the central to local governments.

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In this, the first English-language study of educational reform in Norway, Rust isolates and defines the historical forces that have molded Norwegian school reform since the country gained its independence. The book examines the ways in which Norway was able to move from a traditional dualistic school structure to a more comprehensive ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:347 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313268495

ISBN - 13:9780313268496

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?This worthwhile addition to a distinguished series fill what was an empty niche in the literature of comparative education. Rust is well versed in his topic by experience and study and presents the development of schooling in a full historical context from 1814, the date of independence, to the present. He describes the development of an open society and the parallel development of an educational system with a capacity to adapt ideas from abroad while at the same time having the capacity to develop a sense of genuine internal ownership of its reforms. . . .' Themes considered include the class structure of society and its treatment in school programs, rural-urban divisions, secularization and religion, development of a modern curriculum and the influence of classical studies, the introduction and growth of the vernacular, education of women, children with special needs, the admirable role of teachers and schools during the Quisling collaboration with the Nazis, school reform movements, and the adjustments for ethnic minorities. There are a number of helpful charts, a useful index, and an extensive bibliography (which is, however, mostly of Norwegian references). Upper-division undergraduate and above.?-Choice