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Too much information and too little knowledge?: An Attempt to Explain Findings From the Swedish Voucher System for Upper Secondary Education
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences. (Avdelningen för forskning om det civila samhället)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1453-6186
2014 (English)In: Journal of School Choice, ISSN 1558-2159, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 567-588Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents some unexpected findings from a study of the upper secondary school voucher system in Sweden. This publicly funded but relatively unregulated quasi-market offers a large number of alternatives to teenagers choosing an education. The choice situation is relatively complex and the stakes are high, but the youths themselves find the decision unproblematic. A possible explanation for this is that the future upper secondary students mistake information for knowledge. In lack of knowledge they follow a norm of conformity according to their outer circumstances. This leads youths from different socioeconomic groups to experience different choice situations and outcomes.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 8, no 4, p. 567-588
Keywords [en]
Freedom of choice, Voucher, Quasi-market, Upper secondary school, Knowledge, Information, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4229DOI: 10.1080/15582159.2014.973778OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4229DiVA, id: diva2:770859
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Valfri välfärd – en socialvetenskaplig studie av olika medborgargruppers erfarenheter
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Free to choose welfare - a social scientific study of experience from different groups of citizens, Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1362Available from: 2014-12-11 Created: 2014-12-11 Last updated: 2023-10-27Bibliographically approved

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