Access to Higher Education in Finland : Emerging Processes of Hidden Privatisation

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Kosunen , S 2018 , ' Access to Higher Education in Finland : Emerging Processes of Hidden Privatisation ' , Nordic journal of studies in educational policy , vol. 4 , no. 2 , pp. 67-77 . https://doi.org/10.1080/20020317.2018.1487756

Title: Access to Higher Education in Finland : Emerging Processes of Hidden Privatisation
Author: Kosunen, Sonja
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Education of Education
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Nordic journal of studies in educational policy
ISSN: 2002-0317
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20020317.2018.1487756
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/248405
Abstract: This article focuses on the hidden processes of privatization in access to higher education in Finland, and the role of economic capital in the admission process. The relevance of this analysis derives from the discourse around educational equity in Finland and the emerging contradiction of tuition-free higher education that still requires economic resources from the applicant prior to admission, but is rarely discussed in terms of economic inequalities leading to educational reproduction. These aspects are investigated through qualitative content analysis of interviews with central stakeholders (n = 17) operating in different areas of the field of university-admission. The results show how the privatization of public education (exogenous) manifests as shadow education alongside the public university system. There is thus a need to re-evaluate the forms and consequences of privatization in and of public education in Finnish HE.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
transition
access to higher education
entrance examination
Privatization
economic capital
Finland
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
Funder: Suomen Akatemia
Kansan sivistysrahasto
Koneen Säätiö
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