Learning to stay in school

Steen Beck, Jakob Ditlev Bøje, Helle Winum

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In Denmark, as in other countries, education is seen as the most important way to make the country competitive in a global world and to solve problems relating to the welfare state. Many efforts are made to retain students in the educational system, but at the same time the system remains selective. In this paper, we present analyses that shed light on how a double agenda of selection and retention is played out within a school of studies in basic health and care and on how different groups of students respond to that. We find that the double agenda is handled in a manner where one agenda is reserved for one group of students and another for a different group of student. Our theoretical point of departure is the British tradition of Cultural Studies and particularly Paul Willis’ study on working class boys’ resistance towards school.
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-16
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2014
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Cultural Studies
  • Vocational education
  • school culture
  • student identities