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Educational and Gender Equality in Vocational Education

The Case of Commercial Education in Finland
Stenström Marja-Leena

Educational equality has long been a central research subject in sociology of education as well as a special focus of educational policy in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s equality is mentioned less often in the discussion about educational policy, where the focus has shifted from equality to individualization and flexibility. The study describes social and gender equality in vocational education, particularly in commercial education, and in working life in Finland. The starting point of its consideration of equality are the social selection process on the one hand and reforms of Finnish vocational education on the other.

Reflecting on the findings of the study against the background of the discussion on the turn of modernity reveals that structural factors such as social background and gender still affect student's educational and occupational choices. In other words, structural inequality has not gone away, but goals involving structural equality have lost much of their appeal. Despite the lack of interest today in the theme there is reason to consider educational policies as a question of inequality because education is one of the ways in which inequality is transmitted from one generation to another.

Väitöskirja
Research Reports 1

Year: 1997 | Scope: 110 pages | ISBN: 951-39-0068-1 | Product code: T001

Price: 12,50 EUR

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