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Läsning och skrivning: En analys av texter för den allmänna läs- och skrivundervisningen 1842-1982
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
1986 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Reading and writing : An analysis of texts for the general reading and writing instruction 1842-1982 (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this work is to elucidate changes in the function and position attributed to the general reading and writing instruction. The studies focus on the description and the analysis of the content and form of this instruction as they are expressed in texts for the educational practice during the period 1842-1982. It is also the aim of this historical study to try to contribute

a greater understanding of the inadequate skills in reading and writing observed among Swedish pupils.

Theoretically, the work is based on a structural point of view and on a materialistic outlook on history. Education is regarded as a matter of social and cultural reproduction. Reading and writing are regarded as social and cultural phenomena. The function and position that, explicitly or implicitly, are attributed to the general reading and writing instruction are also regarded as important factors.

The empiric material includes, inter alia, Riksdag documents, official curricula, readers, teacher's manuals and school inspector reports. These texts are analyzed in the light of educational and societal conditions and changes.

The study presents a survey of the general reading and writing instruction during the aforesaid period. The report provides many examples of how economic, political and ideological conditions in society are expressed in texts for the educational practice. It also shows the influence of the dominating class of society on the prescribed content and form of this instruction. The study shows that the function and position attributed to reading and writing instruction have varied over time. A qualifying and an ideological function can be discerned and a subordinate and a dominant position can be observed. The report shows the changes in the emphasis on function and position and in the prescribed content and form of the instruction. The problem of the pupils' inadequate reading and writing abilities has recurrently been brought up during this period. One aspect of this problem concerns the skills that the pupils are supposed to learn. The second aspect concerns the demands that can be made on their ability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 1986. , 295 p.
, Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 0281-6768 ; 20
Keyword [en]
Reading and writing, curriculum study, history of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16602ISBN: 91-7174-230-1OAI: diva2:156275
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1986-04-18, Humanisthuset, hörsal E, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00
Available from: 2007-10-07 Created: 2007-10-07 Last updated: 2013-03-06Bibliographically approved

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