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Punctuated equilibrium: Digital technology in schools’ teaching of the mother tongue (Swedish)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education). (Skolämnesparadigm och undervisningspraktik i skärmkulturen)
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 60, no 3, 337-358 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with how teachers and pupils in seventh to ninth grade in Sweden look upon and relate to the incorporation of new digital technology in mother tongue education (Swedish). The result shows that both the classification and framing of the subject is being challenged by new technology, but that the awareness of the impact seems to be limited. It is suggested that the development might now be approaching a stage where the gradual change, "evolution", that has taken place through all the invasive "forms of media" that have been added to the teaching environment, will now contribute to a punctuated equilibrium, which will hopefully lead to a new inner stability or homeostasis, in other words a paradigm shift. This, however, requires teachers to appropriate new technology as well as an awareness of its influence on the pedagogical discourse.

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London: Routledge , 2016. Vol. 60, no 3, 337-358 p.
Keyword [en]
mother tongue education, attitudes, paradigm shift, digital media
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Other Humanities Pedagogical Work
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educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108112DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2015.1066425ISI: 000372731700007OAI: diva2:851258
Skolämnesparadigm och undervisningspraktik i skärmkulturen

Special Issue: From Phenomenography to Variation Theory – Current Trends

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