Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Seppänen, Piia Maarit
Organisation University of Turku
Project title Hollowing Out of Public Education Systems? Private Actors in Compulsory Schooling in Finland, Sweden and New Zealand (HOPES)
Decision No. 310242
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
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Project description
The HOPES-project will investigate the important but under-researched issue of growing private sector involvement in public education. The project will identify, compare and discuss the consequences of the private sector becoming involved in compulsory schooling and related policy making in three national settings; Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. There are all small countries with historically strong public education systems. There is much to gain from comparing Finland, where privatisation may be just beginning to emerge, with the other two countries where the private sector has already become more involved. We will analyse a wide range of data, such as websites, policy documents, and interviews with key individuals. The HOPES project will contribute to international research on the growing privatisation of education and the emergence of a so-called ‘Global Education Industry’. It will also inform policymakers, professionals and the public in Finland and beyond.