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Digitization of Schools and Education The case of Sweden

Chapter in book
Authors Catarina Player-Koro
Published in Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age A Question of Democracy
ISBN ISBN 978-91-88212-87-0
Publisher Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Gothenburg
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords educational technology, policy, digitalization, networked governance
Subject categories Media and Communications, Media Studies

Abstract

In the studies presented here, digitalization of schools and education is viewed as an integral part of educational governance, situated in and related to the larger society. In this context, it can be shown that educational (digital) technology per se does not provide the solution to educational problems, nor does it have the potential to transform education culture and make teaching and learning more effective and innovative. Political decisions, together with the teacher’s educational mission, are more important in the structuring of education. This is also considered in relation to the fact that digitalization is an expanding area of education policy situated within the larger political/economic changes in societies in Western countries that have led to a fundamental reshaping of public education systems toward markets and economic competitiveness. As a consequence, educational policy, at least when it comes to digitalization, is driven by business ideas rather than broader ideas about what we want education to be for the individual and for society as a whole.

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