The privatization of education in Chile: a historical perspective

If you analyze school systems from a comparative perspective, the Chilean case stands out for its accelerated and high level of privatization. To understand this distinctiveness, you need to put the changes to the regulation of state-financed private education from the beginning of the 1980s into historical perspective. Although private education [1] was recognized as educational…

Privatización de la educación chilena: una perspectiva histórica

Si se analizan los sistemas escolares desde una perspectiva comparada, el caso chileno destaca por su acelerado y alto grado de privatización. Para comprender esta particularidad, es necesario poner en perspectiva histórica los cambios en la regulación de la educación particular [1] que es financiada por el Estado, desde inicios de la década de 1980.…

¿Qué es el conocimiento en la escuela?

Cuando empecé a trabajar como profesor, tenía muchas ganas de desarrollar el conocimiento de mis alumnos. Pero a menudo me preguntaba: ¿qué es “conocimiento” en el contexto escolar? Me di cuenta rápidamente que no era una pregunta fácil de responder. Aún así, pensar en el conocimiento era importante. Me hizo evaluar lo que necesitaba ser…

Vad är kunskap i skolan?

När jag började arbeta som lärare var jag angelägen om att utveckla mina elevers kunskaper. Men jag frågade mig ofta: vad är “kunskap” i skolan? Jag insåg snabbt att det inte var en lätt fråga att svara på, men viktig att tänka på. Mitt begrundande av kunskap i skolan skapade nämligen utrymme till att bedöma…

What is knowledge in school?

When I started working as a teacher, I was keen to develop my pupils’ knowledge. But I often asked myself: what is ‘knowledge’ in a school context? I realized quickly that this wasn’t an easy question to answer. Even so, thinking about knowledge was important. It made me assess what needed to be prioritized in terms of my teaching…

Analysing language from the outside in

It has been nearly twenty years to the day since I graduated from the University of Nottingham (for the first time) with a BA Hons in Modern Language Studies. I was in one of the first cohorts to study three languages to degree level – two from A-level and a third ab initio. We were a…

Raising the voices of students

I’m a PhD student in Education and the focus of my research is the reforms to Swedish upper secondary schools during the 1960s. The big issue at that time was the change from teacher-centred teaching to more independent work for pupils and this is a subject I want to discuss in the blog. I teach at…

Raising voices in policymaking and teacher education

In the construction of a curriculum in Sweden, there are different stakeholders involved. It’s also a democratic process that needs to be maintained. The Swedish National Agency for Education has responsibility for the process. But this process is a negotiation between different voices of different stakeholders. There are many voices that should be listened to.…