Institute for Educational Research, The Faculty of Education
University of Oslo
The Norwegian school reform of 2006 is named the “Promotion of Knowledge”. In this presentation I want to explore the main trends in this reform, especially those concerned the construction of meaning making when it comes to the school as an institution for passing democratic values and virtues to the young. The Norwegian school reform must be understood both in a national and an international context, and the mediation between this two levels through “local adjustments”. My main question is how democratic citizenship is understood in this reform, and how democracy is connected to the concepts of knowledge economy, knowledge society, social capital and human capital in the Norwegian context. I am using critical discourse analysis as the tool for investigating these questions.