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Textens väg: om förutsättningar för texturval i gymnasieskolans svenskundervisning
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis looks at conditions for selections of fictional texts in the Swedish subject in the upper secondary school. Three different empirical materials have contributed to the understanding of what conditions there are for the texts to enter the classroom. The first material consists of national policy documents from 1970 to 2005. Here there is a tendency that the student goes from being an object for knowledge to becoming a subject that creates his/her own knowledge. With this development the contents and the given aims with the subject become more abstract, which leads to the framework of the curriculum becoming wider and more difficult to interpret. Simultaneously the focus is moved from mediation of given knowledge, to the development of an identity for the individual.

The second material consists of debate and method articles from Svenskläraren, a magazine for members, published by an organisation of Swedish teachers. The study comprise articles from the same period of time as the national curricula. In the articles there are three tendencies reflecting the changes in the discourse of the Swedish subject. The first tendency shows how the overall ideological debate on the subject disappears during this period. The second tendency shows how discussions about the conceptions of the subject is replaced by more and more concrete examples of methods. The third tendency depicts that the concrete text selections have moved from being partly predetermined during the seventies to become debated during the eighties, to finally during the nineties end up in a situation where some texts has a sufficient cultural capital not to need justifications, whereas others need it.

The third material consists of interviews with, and observations of, four active teachers, in order to find what conditions there are for text selections in their rhetoric and practice. The results show a clear impression of informal institutional factors and of the school culture. However, this seems to decrease with experience. There are big differences in how the teachers speak about text selections and text use and what the result becomes in practice. Here professionalism in form of knowledge in subject didactics could have a vast impact.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Institutionen för litteraturvetenskap och nordiska språk, Umeå universitet , 2007. , 334 p.
Dissertations in subject didactics, ISSN 1654-6148 ; 1
Keyword [en]
the teaching and learning of Swedish, didactics, mother tongue education, upper secondary school, text selection, rhetoric and practice, school reform, curriculum studies, teaching of literature, frame factors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1380ISBN: 978-91-7264-378-9OAI: diva2:140819
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2007-10-26, Samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15
Available from: 2007-10-01 Created: 2007-10-01 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved

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