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School subject paradigms and teaching practice in lower secondary Swedish schools influenced by ICT and media
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).
2010 (English)In: Computers and education, ISSN 0360-1315, Vol. 54, no 4, 1212-1221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with how school subjects’ paradigms, i.e. the established content of the teaching and the way in which the teaching is traditionally organised, are influenced when digital media are becoming increasingly common in educational contexts. The study is based on interviews in so-called focus groups with teachers of different school subjects in a Swedish lower secondary school about issues concerning how much they use media and ICT in their teaching and how they think this affects the content of their subject, relations in the classroom, working methods and the role of the teacher. The theoretical point of departure is Basil Bernstein’s concepts of ‘recontextualisation’, ‘framing’, ‘classification’, and ‘the sacred and the profane’. The study shows that the teachers in the lower secondary school where the investigation was conducted use so-called new media to a relatively limited extent but that they are ready to develop their use if resources are made available. They also think that the content, working methods, relations and the role of the teacher are changing, usually for the better. Drawing on Durkheim’s concepts of ‘the sacred’ and ‘the profane’ it appears in this study that the sacred in schools is often associated with the physical and practical.

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Elsevier Ltd , 2010. Vol. 54, no 4, 1212-1221 p.
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ICT and media, content, teaching, school subject, paradigm
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32154DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2009.11.007ISI: 000276114300037OAI: diva2:301336
Available from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2010-04-21Bibliographically approved

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