Apparent conflict of aims in the education system


From left: Karin Dahlman-Wright, Vice President Karolinska Institutet, Peter Fredriksson, Director-General Swedish National Agency for Education, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, LSE and IFN. Text & photo: Marcos Demetry.

“What is meant by high-quality education?” That was the theme of a conference organized by the Swedish Association of Independent Schools. Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, London School of Economics and IFN, discussed the importance of understanding goal incongruence among the many quality-based goals in the education system. For example to increase student influence. Sahlgren presented research showing that student influence is positively correlated with perceived happiness among students. On the other hand, student influence is negatively correlated with economic growth on a national level.

May 21, a seminar is organized by IFN and Dialogos presenting a new book by Gabriel heller Sahlgren.

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