Student Engagement in Nordic Classrooms

QUINT affiliated researchers approach large questions regarding justice and equality in the Nordic classrooms in this article in Education Inquiry.


In this article, we approach large questions regarding justice and equality in the Nordic classrooms. A substantial body of previous research emphasises the importance of student engagement in teaching and learning. Drawing on video data from Norway, Sweden and Finland, we focus on whole-class teaching, i.e. situations in which the teacher addresses the class from the front of the classroom, to investigate justice trough participation. We have approached our topic through two concerns: student participation in classroom discourse and student engagement as providing access to content. Our findings seem to pose some serious challenges for the Nordic welfare society vision of classrooms as core societal hubs for justice and equality. While whole-class teaching is one of the primary tools available for attempting to achieve justice and equality for all, this interaction format seems to contain inherent constraints that do not support equitable student engagement. Further, the way the Nordic classrooms have responded so far to the massive digitisation in their societies seems to pose serious questions rather than provide comforting answers.

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Marte Blikstad-Balas, Kirsti Klette, Fritjof Sahlström, Jennifer Luoto, Marie Tanner, Michael Tengberg, Astrid Roe, Anna Slotte, "Justice throught participation: student engagement in Nordic classrooms", in Education Inquiry, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 57-77, 2018.

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Tags: student engagement and participation, classroom discourse, access to content
Published Feb. 18, 2019 10:20 AM - Last modified Mar. 25, 2019 1:10 PM