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Researching and developing Swedkid: A Swedish case study at the intersection of the web, racism and education
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Department of Interactive Media and Learning.
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis seeks to provide an insight into three phenomena: the condition of racism in Sweden, the complexity of identity, and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in classroom settings. It also offers an analysis of how such phenomena combined in the development of a specific educational resource, the Swedkid project (2001-3) which aimed to develop an anti-racist website (www.swedkid.nu) for students and teachers in Swedish schools. A case study approach was used for the analysis in the thesis, in which the Swedkid project was viewed as an instance of web-based, anti-racist educational resource development. This instance (or case) provided a prism of opportunity for learning about ‘race’, ethnicity and the role of ICT in the classroom. The case study embraces a number of sub-studies (Papers I-V and Appendix 1) which explore independently and in combination, how the website was developed and received, the Swedish national context, intercultural and anti-racist work in education, racist experiences of young people, and ICT as part of anti-racist work in the classroom. Three sets of findings (or themes) emerged from the study: namely, the existence of racism in Sweden, that young people’s conception of identity is complex and that the Swedkid website constitutes a significant anti-racist intervention. The overall aims of the research were to:

- utilise the Swedkid project as a learning opportunity

- explore the Swedish context for the project

- investigate and develop an understanding of racism and ethnicity in Sweden generally and in education in particular

- investigate experiences of racism among young people, and

- explore how ICT can support anti-racist work in classroom settings

Three research questions were also posed in the research:

- How can ‘race’, ethnicity and experiences of racism be understood

in Sweden generally, in education and among young people?

- How can ICT support anti-racist work in classroom settings?

- How useful were the approaches taken and the methods used in the project?

A variety of methods of data gathering were used which include systematic literature searches, interviews, questionnaires, classroom observations plus a project logbook. Three theoretical clusters were particularly helpful in the analysis; relating to globalisation, racism and new technology (e.g. Castells, Jansson, Pred, Essed, Ladson-Billings, Delgado & Stefancic, Aviram & Tami). The research suggests an uneven picture in Sweden generally, and among Swedish young people in particular. While there have been some conscious and planned strategies to eliminate racism and discrimination, and high ambitions and good intentions from policy-makers and teachers in terms of recognising inequalities of schooling and counteracting racism, there is also a continuing picture of hostility, difficulty, denial and insecurity within education and more generally. The study also illuminates the complexity of identity and knowledge transfer, between locally-situated individuals and the different levels of global, European, national and local. It is suggested that the formation of identity is a process which involves viewing someone as ‘the other’ and can be transferred into a racist discourse and as such, used as a basis for legitimizing exclusion. However, responses to the Swedkid website suggest that engagement with other, wider identities (in this case, the characters on the website) can provide the possibility of intervention in stereotypical perceptions and expansion of notions of identity. It is also suggested that the Swedkid website can be used successfully in supporting anti-racist work in classroom settings, although dependent on the skills and commitment of the teacher. The advantages of using ICT for Swedkid lie in the possibility of visualisation and simulation, hence, it provides virtual experience of complex phenomena. The website can thus work as a springboard into informed rather than common-sense or everyday discourses of racism/anti-racism, with virtuality enhancing the classroom work of the teacher. Overall, studies presented in this thesis illustrate how a combination of ICT and anti-racism can offer opportunities for challenging commonsense views of racism and ethnicity, provide counter-stories as evidence that racism exists, and thus offer alternative perceptions and viewpoints on this topic in education and elsewhere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet. Institutionen för interaktiva medier och lärande , 2006. , 57 p.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 5
Keyword [en]
Swedkid, case study, information and communication technology, ICT, racism, ethnicity, educational resource, teachers, students, classroom
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-715ISBN: 91-7264-031-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-715DiVA: diva2:144306
Public defence
2006-03-24, 350, Naturvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Note
Errata på titeln på boken där delarb. II utgör ett kapitel enligt ovanstående.Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02 Last updated: 2010-01-28Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. “Eurokid”: an innovative pedagogical approach to developing intercultural and anti-racist education on the Web
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Eurokid”: an innovative pedagogical approach to developing intercultural and anti-racist education on the Web
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2003 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Intercultural education, ISSN 1469-8439 (online), Vol. 14, no 3, 317-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most schools in today's Europe have a high percentage of immigrant students. This percentage has increased in typical immigration countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, France and the UK. However, this is also true for countries such as Sweden or Spain. Aware of this multicultural picture, in this paper we present the methodological approach of a European Comenius project, "Eurokid", based on the template "Britkid" (see www.britkid.org), which addresses intercultural education and anti-racism. Three countries are involved in the project: the UK, Sweden and Spain. The project is an educational and innovative tool and a learning and teaching resource for students and teachers in secondary schools. How? Through websites where a group of adolescents (minorities and majorities) "meet" and "talk" about issues of acceptance, difference, racism, mixed cultures, (multiple) identitie, and integration. Their "talks" in the three websites--written in each country's language(s) and in English--as well as the characters, are based on original research (via interviews and questionnaires). The project's objectives, content, pedagogical approaches and authentic classroom material, created to facilitate and promote dialogue among minorities and majorities, form the basis of this paper.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2003
Keyword
eurokid, research, education, educational work, pedagogy, learning, antiracism, race, racism, ethnicity, internet, multicultural, online, website, ethnicity, identity, representation
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4978 (URN)10.1080/1467598032000117105 (DOI)
Funder
EU, European Research Council, 86678-CP-2000-1-UK-COMENIUS-C2
Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved
2. The web, antiracism, education and the state in Sweden: why here? why now?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The web, antiracism, education and the state in Sweden: why here? why now?
2003 (English)In: Governing children, families and education: Reconstructing the welfare state / [ed] Bloch, M.N., Holmlund, K., Moqvist, I. & Popkewitz, T.S., New York: Palgrave Publishing Co. , 2003, 313-333 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Palgrave Publishing Co., 2003
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4979 (URN)1-4039-6225-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02 Last updated: 2010-01-28Bibliographically approved
3. Discursive discrimination: A short history and overview of education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discursive discrimination: A short history and overview of education
2006 (English)In: Makt, integration och strukturell diskriminering: [Power, integration and structural discrimination], Stockholm: The Ministry of Justice , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: The Ministry of Justice, 2006
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4980 (URN)
Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02 Last updated: 2010-11-25Bibliographically approved
4. "Working harder to be the same": everyday racism among young men and women in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Working harder to be the same": everyday racism among young men and women in Sweden
2005 (English)In: Race, ethnicity and education, Vol. 8, no 3, 319-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite Sweden's international reputation for human rights and democratic values, racism within Swedish schools is a relatively new issue, emerging only with the increased ethnic diversity of Swedish schools in recent years. This paper is thus one of the first Swedish interview studies on the perceptions of young men and women in Sweden from both minority and majority ethnic backgrounds about their everyday experience of racism and prejudice. What, for instance makes them believe, as the study found, that they need to work much harder than other young people to become 'full members' of Swedish society? While many of the young people's experiences are similar to those in other countries, it can be seen that Sweden, despite its international human rights record, is not exempt from racism and xenophobia within its own national boundaries. Greater effort therefore needs to be expended, it is argued, on counteracting and challenging these tendencies, particularly in the school system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2005
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4981 (URN)10.1080/13613320500174499 (DOI)
Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02Bibliographically approved
5. ‘Nobody and everybody has the responsibility’: responses to the Swedish antiracist website SWEDKID
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Nobody and everybody has the responsibility’: responses to the Swedish antiracist website SWEDKID
2005 (English)In: Journal of research in teacher education, Vol. 12, no 3, 53-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4982 (URN)
Available from: 2006-03-02 Created: 2006-03-02Bibliographically approved

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