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Kvinnor skapar kunskap på nätet: datorbaserad fortbildning för lärare
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Women creating knowledge on the Net : Computerbased further education for teachers (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis was to study some women's participation in two different kinds of computerised further education organised as distance edu­cation. Both groups used the FirstClass conference system as a tool for bridging distances. One was a university program for teachers in special education and the other was a computerised Network for professional special education teachers, run by the members. The dissertation was grounded in feminist theory and in a socio-cultural perspective on learning. The empirical material consists of questionnaires, interviews and analysis of the communi­cation in both computer conferences. The result showed that the women appreciated the opportunity to study at a distance. They enjoyed the flexibil­ity in time and space and the opportunity to be a part of a fellowship. There were great differences in the pattern of communication and the contents in the two settings. In the Special Education Programme the communication was regular and the inputs were usually related to the literature and examina­tion issues. In the Network the communication was more sporadic. The in­puts were usually short and consisted mostly of information. The contribu­tions in both settings were generally univocal and usually they did not show that the individual participants developed new pedagogical perspectives or views related to the actual question. This investigation showed that it was difficult to establish discussions and co-operation via the computer, espe­cially in the Network. However the women were satisfied with the continu­ing education and felt that the written communication via the computer con­ferences developed their knowledge in special pedagogy and helped them to reflect upon their work as special education teachers. Distance education could however become a gender-trap as it was found to allow the women to combine unpaid work in the family with both paid work and studies.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2002. , 243 p.
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 0281-6768 ; 62
Keyword [en]
Distance education, Computer Mediated Communication, FirstClass, Feminist theory, Sociocultural learning, Special Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16562ISBN: 91-7305-168-3OAI: diva2:156235
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2002-02-08, Samhällsvetarhuset, hörsal s.213, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00
Available from: 2007-10-07 Created: 2007-10-07 Last updated: 2013-03-11Bibliographically approved

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