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International Collaboration Grant 2014-2018

Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education

Teachers' working conditions in times of competition, choice, and privatisation: A Swedish-Australian comparison

Parding K; McGrath-Champ S

Work and Organisational Studies

Project Summary

The governance of welfare-service professionals has changed during recent decades, which has brought changes for the professionals' working conditions. In the education arena, major changes include intensifying competition pressures and the imperative of 'school choice'. Terms such as competition, choice, privatization, marketization, individualization and accountability today permeate what used to be a largely public sector domain, the education arena.

This project will focus on teachers' working conditions in relation to the organisation of work, employment conditions and the working environment, all in the wake of the current choice and competition agendas. These recent trends are in no way only national, but very international and global. To understand the consequences of the current choice and competition agendas, this project focuses on Sweden and Australia as two key, exemplifying cases. The project takes departure in joint theoretical foundations: the sociology of professions and the labour process. Practical implications of the study can be used to inform further reform work and policy development.

This project mainly focuses on a research component, but also encompasses a component of internationalization of higher education, as well as sharing with the wider community via the involvement of teacher unions.


2014 - 2018

Total: SEK 1,344,138