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Hansson, K. & Erixon, P.-O. (2019). Academisation and teachers’ dilemmas. European Educational Research Journal (online)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Academisation and teachers’ dilemmas
2019 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In 2010, the Swedish Education Act introduced new provisions stating that education at all levels should ‘rest on scientific grounds and proven experience’. These requirements led to greater policy activities at the state level and enhanced the cooperation emerging between the municipality and higher education as well as between teachers and researchers at both the middle and micro levels. This study was conducted in a Swedish municipality that adopted a local strategy to meet the Education Act’s scientific requirements for teaching. As part of this strategy, together with a university the municipality designed a postgraduate programme, corresponding to a one-year master’s level under the Bologna Agreement, made up of four years of part-time studies and with a focus on practical research and school development. This article examines how a sample of 15 teachers participating in this postgraduate programme, and their school leaders, perceive this policy (namely, education being based on scientific grounds) within the development of the teaching profession’s practice and which dilemmas they face while trying to interpret and handle the Education Act’s provisions in their schools. Our overall theoretical perspectives are those of policy enactment, academic drift and activity theory. The results indicate that the teachers’ participation in the postgraduate course has caused tension among their colleagues. Moreover, the teachers expressed a feeling of being ‘isolated cogs’ in an organisation and lacking supporting structures. For some, their participation is a step in a more individualised project that contributes primarily to their own professional development; for others, it is more of a collective project with which one can ‘lift’ one’s school and colleagues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Academic drift, activity theory, scientific school, dilemma
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163165 (URN)10.1177/1474904119872935 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-09-09 Created: 2019-09-09 Last updated: 2019-09-10
Erixon, P.-O. & Erixon Arreman, I. (2018). ECEC students’ writing trajectories: academic discourse and "Professional Habitus". Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ECEC students’ writing trajectories: academic discourse and "Professional Habitus"
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden and many other countries, the academisation of teacher education goes along with increased emphasis on a student thesis, in Sweden formally entitled the final degree project. This study deals with students’ writing trajectories in Early Childhood Education and Care aimed at work in the preschool or the recreation centre. The study indicates that student writing, shaped by a variety of academic literacies, is primarily based on values of the vocational field, parallel to an emerging critical academic approach. The study suggests that academic writing is largely perceived among the students as a means to underpin the vocational field with theory, and see critical thinking and reflective practice as relevant to their future career.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Academic literacies, early childhood education and care, final degree project Sweden, teacher education, writing trajectory
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149644 (URN)10.1080/00313831.2018.1476403 (DOI):000479216200010 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-4752
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon, P.-O. (2018). Necessity or eccentricity: teaching writing in a new media ecology. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 62(6), 865-883
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Necessity or eccentricity: teaching writing in a new media ecology
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 62, no 6, p. 865-883Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article concerns how teachers of Mother-Tongue Education (MTE) and pupils in Swedish secondary schools look upon and relate to the keyboard and screen and pen and paper, respectively, for writing in the context of MTE. The results showed that both teachers and pupils found that the computer on one side and the pen and paper on the other circumscribed different writing processes. Paper and pen offered greater resistance when writing than a computer. It was concluded that writing on a computer had been culturally appropriated in the MTE and represented the frame for both teachers and students from which they assessed the advantages and disadvantages of each technology, but also that paper and pen added a value of necessity rather than eccentricity for the pupils, in contrast to the teachers, in order to meet the requirements concerning grammar, longhand, and orthography. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Teaching writing, mother tongue education (Swedish), digital media, media ecology
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134325 (URN)10.1080/00313831.2017.1307275 (DOI)000445081100004 ()
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-4752
Available from: 2017-04-30 Created: 2017-04-30 Last updated: 2018-10-04Bibliographically approved
Inger, E. A. & Erixon, P.-O. (2017). En gränsöverskridare på väg mot ett professionellt habitus. In: Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson (Ed.), Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen (pp. 79-96). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En gränsöverskridare på väg mot ett professionellt habitus
2017 (Swedish)In: Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen / [ed] Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 79-96Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140435 (URN)978-91-44-11930-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon, P.-O. & Josephson, O. (2017). Examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen. In: Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson (Ed.), Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen (pp. 15-18). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen
2017 (Swedish)In: Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen / [ed] Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 15-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140433 (URN)978-91-44-11930-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon Arreman, I. & Erixon, P.-O. (2017). Examensarbetet och lärarutbildningens akademisering. In: Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson (Ed.), Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen (pp. 19-29). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Examensarbetet och lärarutbildningens akademisering
2017 (Swedish)In: Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen / [ed] Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 19-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140434 (URN)978-91-44-11930-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon, P.-O. & Erixon Arreman, I. (2017). Extended writing demands: a tool för 'academic drift' and the professionalisation of early childhood profession?. Education Inquiry, 8(4), 337-357
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extended writing demands: a tool för 'academic drift' and the professionalisation of early childhood profession?
2017 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 337-357Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the extended demands for writing in the Swedish public service sector of early childhood and how academic writing in the higher education programmes aimed at professional work in that sector is perceived to be of value for early childhood practice among practitioners. Empirical data was collected in individual interviews and focus groups among 69 early childhood staff in two different communities. The study points to an overall focus on assessments and evaluation in professional writing which tends to challenge everyday communication, i.e. everyday discourse for an internal audience (staff, parents and children). The study further indicates that professional writing holds implications for social relations and contributes to strengthened hierarchies among early childhood staff; younger generations more trained in academic writing tend to be ‘ranked’ higher than staff more experienced in practice. Whether the twin demands for ‘professional’ and ‘academic’ writing will contribute to a ‘professional’ early childhood staff community, as suggested in policy and teacher union rhetoric, remains an open question. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Keywords
academic writing, academisation, early childhood education and care, professional writing
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140414 (URN)10.1080/20004508.2017.1380488 (DOI)
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved
Erixon Arreman, I. & Erixon, P.-O. (2017). Institutioner, discipliner och lärarutbildning. In: Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson (Ed.), Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildnignen (pp. 155-170). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutioner, discipliner och lärarutbildning
2017 (Swedish)In: Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildnignen / [ed] Per-Olof Erixon & Olle Josephson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140436 (URN)978-91-44-11930-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Kampen om texten
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon, P.-O. & Josephson, O. (Eds.). (2017). Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kampen om texten: examensarbetet i lärarutbildningen
2017 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017. p. 237
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142372 (URN)978-91-44-11930-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Erixon, P.-O. (2017). Läsundervisningens digitalisering (1ed.). In: Per-Olof Erixon & Julia Pennlert (Ed.), Digital humaniora: humaniora i en digital tid (pp. 165-188). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Läsundervisningens digitalisering
2017 (Swedish)In: Digital humaniora: humaniora i en digital tid / [ed] Per-Olof Erixon & Julia Pennlert, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2017, 1, p. 165-188Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2017 Edition: 1
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142363 (URN)978-91-7173-524-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Projects
School subject paradigm and teaching practices in the screen culture - Art, Music and Swedish under pressure [2009-06138_VR]; Umeå UniversityThe Struggle for the Text - on teacher students meeting and negotiations with different academic writing traditions on their way towards a passed paper. [2011-04752_VR]; Umeå University
Organisations
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