Science and technology in Swedish upper secondary school 1986-2016

Author: Patrik Lind, And Erik Mellander, And
Dnr: 62/2017

Different ways of increasing the recruitment to science and technology education have been discussed and tried out in Sweden since the 1950s. This study provides an overview of the curriculum development in Swedish upper secondary school 1986–2016, focusing on education with a science and/or technology orientation. A descriptive empirical analysis considers the share of upper secondary students that have enrolled in science or technology education, the proportion of the students that have completed their studies, and the extent to which they have proceeded to science or technology studies at the university. The stability in the observed developments to alternative definitions of science and technology tracks and programmes is investigated and gender differences are examined. The data are extracted from IFAU’s individual-level database on education.

The project is financially supported by the Royal Society in the UK and constitutes a country case study in the Society’s Broad Curriculum Project.