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Student dropout in upper secondary education in Norway: A challenge to the principles of the welfare state?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud



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This article presents a review of extant research on student dropout in Norway, originally included as part of a systematic review. The article contextualises the foundational principle of equality as championed by the welfare state and identifies the significance of dropout in upper secondary education in Norway. The article then assesses whether dropout has been sufficiently addressed by exploring dropout measures that have been implemented and evaluated. It is argued that although equality of access to upper secondary education has been improved, the enduring significance of student dropout reveals concealed educational inequalities of outcomes in a social democratic ‘welfare state’.

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Author(s): Halvorsrud K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: London Review of Education

Year: 2017

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 302-316

Online publication date: 01/07/2017

Acceptance date: 18/01/2017

Date deposited: 17/03/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1474-8479

Publisher: UCL IOE Press


DOI: 10.18546/LRE.15.2.12


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