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Changes in teaching content and structure in schools run by ironworks after state regulations in the first elementary school act from 1842

Research project Several of Sweden's ironworks ran private schools for their workers' children even before the 1842 first elementary school act. The research project examines how some of these schools were affected by the first elementary school act stating that all municipalities should offer elementary schools to the municipality's children.

Several of Sweden's ironworks ran private schools for their workers' children even before the 1842 first elementary school act. The research project examines how some of these schools were affected by the first elementary school act stating that all municipalities should offer elementary schools to the municipality's children.

Head of project

Lina Spjut
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2022-01-01 2023-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Education

Research area

Pedagogy

Project description

Several of Sweden's ironworks ran private schools for their workers' children even before the 1842 first elementary school act. Teaching content in the schools run by ironworks included both basic knowledge as reading as well as Latin teaching and more advanced knowledge. The research project examines how some of these schools were affected by the first elementary school act stating that all municipalities should offer elementary schools to the municipality's children. What happened to the schools run by ironworks, with the educational content, the school structure when these private schools gradually transitioned to public elementary schools, which were regulated state and municipally, after 1842. The period studied is 1820–1940 and initially the focus is on the northern part of Sweden.

Research questions:

  • How was the teaching structured in the Ironwork schools (access to school buildings, teacher recruitment, school hours, schedule etc.) and what was the teaching content (school subjects, pedagogy etc.) before the first elementary school act 1842?
  • What happens in the transition to public elementary school regarding structure and content, after 1842?