Equality in the making? : Roma and Traveller Minority Policies and Basic Education in Three Nordic Countries

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Helakorpi , J , Lappalainen , S & Mietola , R 2020 , ' Equality in the making? Roma and Traveller Minority Policies and Basic Education in Three Nordic Countries ' , Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research , vol. 64 , no. 1 , pp. 52-69 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2018.1485735

Title: Equality in the making? : Roma and Traveller Minority Policies and Basic Education in Three Nordic Countries
Author: Helakorpi, Jenni; Lappalainen, Sirpa; Mietola, Reetta
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2020-01-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
ISSN: 0031-3831
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312054
Abstract: The article examines policies intended to promote the basic education of Roma and Traveller minorities in Finland, Sweden, and Norway by analysing key national Roma and Traveller policy (n = 5) and education policy documents (n = 3). Analysis shows how the Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Roma policies translate the general policy aims of improving the social positioning of people identifying as Roma consistently into policy measures responding to the special needs of Roma pupils. These policy measures are validated by problem representations regarding Roma parents and families. All the policies also problematise the relationship between Roma and Traveller cultures and schools. It is argued that the focuses of the current policy measures constrain opportunities for a change in terms of equality.
Subject: DIFFERENCE
DISCOURSES
INCLUSION
MULTICULTURALISM
POLITICS
Roma
Travellers
basic education policies
minority policies
516 Educational sciences
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