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  • 1.
    Aaby, Jacqueline
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.
    Olsson, Andreas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.
    Ett deltagande, för vem?: En kvalitativ intervjustudie om gymnasieelevers deltagande i Idrott och hälsa 12016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to investigate, at first, why students in upper secondary school in Sweden participate or not in Physical education and health (PEH) and also find out what changes the subject need that can affect their participation. To get answers out of the in-vestigation, we formulated questions about what preconceptions the students of an specific group have about participation and non-participation in PEH and what changes the subject need, according to the students, to become a subject for all students. The study was based on a qualitative method, by using interviews of ten students from Swedish upper secondary school. The students were from two schools in a mediumsized region and from different programmes.

    The results of the study shows clearly that the content and the grades in PEH affects the student’s participation, which was crucial to whether they felt they wanted to participate actively in the lessons or not. The grades were considered as important and affected the participation even though some of the students were not interested in the content, but they still did the things that the teacher demanded. Despite this, the attitudes towards the subject were positive among the interviewed students. The factors the students think can change the participation to more actively is implement more activities as dance, individual training but also, delimit ballsports. It seems like the interviewed students are searching for meaningfulness in the lessons of the subject with a link between the curriculum and grading criteria.

  • 2.
    Aagaard, Kirsten
    et al.
    VIA University College, Denmark.
    Andersson, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
    Halttunen, Timo
    University of Turku, Finland.
    Hansen, Brian Benjamin
    VIA University College, Denmark.
    Nistrup, Ulla
    VIA University College, Denmark.
    Quality in Validation of Prior Learning: Experiences in researching the practice of the Nordic Model for Quality in Validation of Prior Learning2017In: The Learner at the Centre: Validation of Prior Learning strengthens lifelong learning for all / [ed] Ruud Duvekot, Dermot Coughlan and Kirsten Aagaard, Houten/Aarhus: European Centre Valuation of Prior Learning/ VIA University College , 2017, p. 89-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter presents findings from a study of quality work in validation (recognition of prior learning) in three cases in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. The quality work is based on a Nordic model for quality in validation and the study has an interactive approach.

  • 3.
    Aaltonen, Lisa
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Holmberg, Moa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Ord för ord, kapitel för kapitel: En studie om hur lärare arbetar med högläsning av skönlitteratur i sin undervisning.2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 4.
    Aarsand, Liselott
    et al.
    NTNU.
    Aarsand, Pål
    Familjeliv och lärande2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 5. Aarsand, Pål
    Family members as ‘fieldworkers’: Researching children’s everyday lives2012In: Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, Vol. 6, no 3Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Aarsand, Pål
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Uppsala University.
    Players animation in computer gaming: Real/virtual and subject/object in interaction2010In: M3 Interaction: From a conference / [ed] Hernwall, Patrik, Södertörn: Södertörn högskola , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Aarsand, Pål
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    The Ordinary Player: Teenagers talk about digital games2012In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 15, no 8, p. 961-977Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Aarsand, Pål
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Young Boys Playing Digital Games: From console to the playground2010In: Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, ISSN 1891-943X, E-ISSN 1891-943X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 38-55Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article studies how digital games are part of the everyday lives of Swedish 6 to 7-year-old boys. The data consist of video recordings from two schools, two after-school centres and four homes. The focus is on how children engage in, organize and use digital games in face-to-face interaction. It is argued that digital game competence matters not only in front of the screen, but also in the playground. In addition, it is argued that what counts as game competence is negotiated in the peer group.

  • 9.
    Aarsand, Pål Andre
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Aronsson, Karin
    Barn och ungdomsvetenskap, Stockholms universitet.
    Response cries and other gaming moves-Building intersubjectivity in gaming2009In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 41, no 8, p. 1557-1575Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study focuses on the ways in which response cries (Goffman, 1981) are deployed as interactional resources in computer gaming in everyday life. It draws on a large-scale data set of video recordings of the everyday lives of middleclass families. The recordings of gaming between children and between children and parents show that response cries were not arbitrarily located within different phases of gaming (planning, gaming or commenting on gaming). Response cries were primarily used as interactional resources for securing and sustaining joint attention (cf. Goodwin, 1996) during the gaming as such, that is, during periods when the gaming activity was characterized by a relatively high tempo. In gaming between children, response cries co-occurred with their animations of game characters and with sound making, singing along, and code switching in ways that formed something of an action aesthetic, a type of aesthetic that was most clearly seen in gaming between game equals (here: between children). In contrast, response cries were rare during the planning phases and during phases in which the participants primarily engaged in setting up or adjusting the game.

  • 10.
    Aarsand, Pål Andre
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Forsberg, Lucas
    Producing children’s corporeal privacy: ethnographic video recording as material-discursive practice2010In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 249-268Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses the use of video cameras in participant observation drawing on approximately 300 hours of video data from an ethnographic study of Swedish family life. Departing from Karen Barad's post-humanistic perspective on scientific practices, the aim is to critically analyse how researchers, research participants and technology produce and negotiate children's corporeal privacy. Ethnographic videotaping is understood as a material-discursive practice that creates and sustains boundaries between private and public, where videotaping is ideologically connected to a public sphere that may at times 'intrude' on children's corporeal privacy. The limits of corporeal privacy are never fixed, but open for negotiation; ethnographers may therefore unintentionally transgress the boundary and thus be faced with ethical dilemmas. The fluidity of privacy calls for ethical reflexivity before, during and after fieldwork, and researchers must be sensitive to when ethical issues are at hand and how to deal with them.

  • 11.
    Aarsand, Pål
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Assarsson, Liselott
    VILL, NTNU.
    Intergenerational encounters: Digital literacy in family settings.2009In: Learning in the network society and the digitized school / [ed] Krumsvik Rune, New York: Nova Science Publishers , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Aarsand, Pål
    et al.
    Department of Education and Life Long Learning, Norwegian University of Technology and Science.
    Melander, Helen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Appropriation through guided participation: Media literacy activities in children's everyday lives2016In: Discourse, Context & Media, ISSN 2211-6958, E-ISSN 2211-6966, Vol. 12, p. 20-31Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores media literacy practices in children’s everyday lives and some of the ways in which young children appropriate basic media literacy skills through guided participation in situated activities. Building on an ethnomethodological perspective, the analyses are based on video recordings documenting the activities in which four target children, aged 6-7 years old, participated at home and in school. Through the detailed analysis of two mundane media literacy activities – online calling and word processing – similarities and differences in media usage within and out-of-school are examined. It is shown how children’s media literacy activities encompass verbal, embodied and social competencies that are made relevant, and thus accessible for learning, in interaction between the adults and children in the form of norms and guidelines for what constitutes knowledgeable participation in media literacy activities, and that are appropriated and reactualized by the children in interaction with their peers. The findings show how the participants coordinate their actions on and in front of the screen and where spatiality and temporality are oriented to as crucial aspects of the organization of the activities. Moreover, it is demonstrated how old and new technologies are linked together in culturally and historically embedded conceptualizations of literacy. 

  • 13.
    Aarsand, Pål
    et al.
    Pedagogisk institutt, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskaplige Universitet.
    Melander, Helen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Evaldsson, Ann-Carita
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Om media literacy-praktiker i barns vardagsliv2013In: Literacy-praktiker i och utanför skolan / [ed] Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Ann-Carita Evaldsson, Caroline Liberg & Roger Säljö, Stockholm: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013, p. 41-63Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Aarts, Karolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Andersson, Isabella
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Konstruktion av sjukdomsidentiteter: En diskursanalytisk studie om identitetskonstruktion på ett internetbaserat stödforum för utmattningssyndrom2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna studie har ett internetbaserat stödforum för utmattningssyndrom analyserats i syfte att bidra med ny kunskap om identitetsskapande i interaktion, mellan individer med egen erfarenhet av utmatningssyndrom. Studien har utgått från en diskurspsykologisk inramning och sökt svar på frågeställningarna; I) vilka föreställningar om sjukdomsidentiteter förhandlas fram på ett internetbaserat stödforum för utmattningssyndrom? och II) hur konstrueras normalitet inom ramen för de sjukdomsidentiteter som produceras? Analys av medlemskategoriseringar har använts som huvudsakligt analytiskt verktyg vilket syftat till att synliggöra vilka kategorier som gjorts relevanta av forumdeltagarna. Analysen visar fem identitetspositioner vilka uttryckts som att vara: sjuk, utmattad, kunnig, inte ensam och snart bättre. På forumet görs försäkringskassan till en utanför- grupp vilket stärker gemenskapen av sjukdom bland forumdeltagarna. Denna gemenskap legitimerar att dela med sig av egna erfarenheter av utmattningssyndrom och att positionera sig som kunniga gentemot vårdapparaten. Samtidigt synliggör analysen hur forumdeltagarna konstruerar samsyn kring normalitet i utmattningen och vad som anses som normal sjukskrivningsperiod med anledning av utmattningssyndrom. I sin tur möjliggörs också identitetspositionen av att vara på bättringsvägen.

  • 15.
    Abarghache, Nadia
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences.
    Johansson, Ellen
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences.
    Kan en läshund bidra till att positivt påverka barns läsförmåga?: En metainspirerad innehållsannanlys2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien var att få en djupare förståelse om på vilket sätt läshunden kan bidra till att förbättra barns läsförmåga. Studien använder sig av en metainspirerad innehållsanalys. Metaanalys användes för att samla in information till studien samt att kunna dra slutsatser om tidigare forskning. Innehållsanalys användes för att skapa teman och kodning, med hjälp av innehållsanalys kan man skapa en djupare mening med textens innehåll. Artiklarna från resultatdelen samlades in från vetenskapliga databaser där alla artiklar är peer-reviewe.

     

    Studien undersöker på vilket sätt kan en läshund bidra till att positivt påverka barns läsförmåga? Är det hunden i sig som påverkar barnets läsförmåga eller är det miljön? Resultat visar på att läshunden påverkar barn positivt både psykiskt, fysiskt och socialt. Resultatet visar även på att det är läshunden som påverkar barnen positivt och inte miljön de vistas i under lästiden. Slutsatsen man kan dra av denna studie är att läshunden visar på en positiv påverkan på barn och har givit oss förståelse om på vilket sätt läshunden påverkar barnen.

  • 16.
    Abazi, Louicé
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Elou, Rodjin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Hjälpmedel eller maktmedel?: En kvalitativ studie om lärares didaktiska reflektioner kring behavioristiska verktyg2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 17.
    Abbas, Amal
    Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
    Ledarskap i klassrummet: En kvalitativ studie om hur fyra lärare förhåller sig till pedagogiskt ledarskap2010Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to analyse the attitude of four teachers to leadership in the classroom. The main research questions asked were:

    • What are the teachers` views on leadership in the classroom?
    • What does good versus  bad leadership mean to the teachers?
    • What factors influence the teachers' leadership in the classroom, according to themselves?

    The method used is the qualitative method and interviews, which is my empirical material, I relate to different theories and previous research of leadership.

    The curriculum for the compulsory school system, the pre-school class and the leisure-time centre, Lpo 94, says a lot about how both the school and the teacher must pursue a democratic activity; the teacher must have a democratic leadership in the classroom (Lpo 94, s. 5). At school, the pupils should be met with respect, they should feel safe and be motivated to learn. They must constantly develop and have lots of opportunities to experience the joy of making progress (Lpo 94, s. 7).

    A teacher's leadership is all about control and leading students to the goals that are set up and that pupils should achieve. Knowledge and development are the most important factors in school and therefore it is important to find out what different leadership styles that are most successful.

  • 18.
    Abbas, Jufoon
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Nelson, Lina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Blyga barn i sociala situationer: Pedagogers strategier för att inkludera blyga barn i förskolan2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Idag uppmanas barn på förskolan att ta för sig och göra sig hörda, detta för att bli en del av gemenskapen. Blyga barn på förskolan tenderar att bli osynliga vilket leder till att de har svårt att bli delaktiga. I vår studie undersöker vi hur pedagoger arbetar för att inkludera blyga barn i förskolan.

    Syfte: I denna studie undersöker vi hur förskollärare arbetar för att blyga barn ska känna sig inkluderade i sociala situationer.

    Metod: Vi har valt att genomföra semistrukturerade intervjuer. Vi har intervjuat nio verksamma pedagoger på fem olika förskolor. Vi kontaktade cheferna på varje förskola via mejl innan vi skickade ut vårt missivbrev. Efter samtycke från studiedeltagarna spelade vi in våra intervjuer som sedan transkriberades och analyserades.

    Resultat: Resultatet av vår studie är att blyga barn har svårt att bli delaktiga i förskolan och inkluderas endast i vissa situationer. Att det finns olika strategier som pedagoger kan ta till för att stödja dessa barn har visat sig genom tidigare forskning. Dock behövs utbildning till pedagoger för att de ska bli medvetna om dessa strategier då det framkommit att utbildning inom området inte tillhandahålls. Det är också situationsbundet när barn blir blyga, vilket visar att barn är blyga i vissa miljöer eller sammanhang men inte i andra. Barn som är blyga går miste om upplevelser och erfarenheter på förskolan som andra barn får till sig, vilket innebär att de riskerar att gå miste om utvecklingsmöjligheter och att hamna utanför gemenskapen.

  • 19.
    Abbasian, Saeid
    EIDI Handelshögskolan i Jönköping.
    Vad är en bra universitetslärare?: En kritisk reflektion2009In: Professionalitet i fokus : reflekterande studier av universitetslärarpraktik / [ed] Lotta Jons, Stockholm: Universitetspedagogiskt centrum (UPC), Stockholms universitet , 2009, p. 90-111Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Abbes, Yacine
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology.
    Educational studies in heat and power technology: how students learn with multimedia tools and problem-based learning2005Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    Higher education is undergoing continuous changes and new learning tools and methods are implemented. Researchers in education do not always agree upon the effectiveness of some of the methods introduced into engineering education. The present thesis consists of two case studies on educational methods introduced at the Department of Energy Technology, at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. The qualitative research methodology has been used in case one and a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodology has been used in the second case. The sources of evidences consisted of: unstructured interviews, analysis of video recording, questionnaires, and analysis of a variety of documents. In the first case, an educational program in heat and power technology was analysed. The second case consists in an in-depth study of group dynamics in a Problem –Based Learning course. These studies showed that the learning approach adopted by students depends strongly on the way they view the particular learning tool or method. The first case study revealed the existence of two types of learners. Surfacelearners follow the structure suggested by the designers of the multimedia program. This category of learners focuses only on the material available in the program. Deep-learners go beyond the information and the structure suggested in the program and combine different learning tools in their learning. These students do not follow the structure of the tutorials’ of the multimedia program. This study showed that students who had a strong view how to learn with a multimedia program or a learning method benefited less from the learning tools available. Students with weak views on how to learn from educational program or leaning tool benefit less from the presentation and engage in more surface learning. Self-motivated learners use the multimedia presentation in novel ways and crosscheck the information given with other material. The second study showed that students have unclear and weak views on how to learn with student-directed Problem- Based Learning model. Four types of learners were identified in Problem-Based Learning project: Leaders, Key Actors, Common Students and Social Loafers. Leaders and Key Actors are self-motivated individuals and participate most in the projects. Students who viewed themselves or were viewed as leaders were held responsible to take most of the decisions and students expected them to work more than the average student. Students who viewed themselves as common team members expected a lower workload than leaders’. Key Actors are self-motivated students who do not view themselves as separate from other group members but who participate more than others. Leaders learned more group and social processes, that they did not fully take part in, while common students learned more from the project management aspects that they did not take part in. The study also found that Problem-Based Learning groups can become very cohesive, and can develop distorted views on how to learn with Problem-Based Learning, and un-common group dynamics phenomena such as groupthink can occur in Problem-Based Learning setting.

  • 21.
    Abd, Assil
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences. 9101270685.
    Fritidspedagogens arbetssätt i arbetet med nyanlända barn: En kvalitativ studie om fritidspedagogers arbetssätt med nyanlända barn i fritidshem med fokus på svårigheter2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studiens syfte var att undersöka fritidspedagogens arbetssätt med nyanlända barn i fritidshem.

  • 22.
    Abdallah, Laila
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Process eller Resultat?: Trender inom utvärdering av svensk högskoleutbildning under1990-talet2002Report (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Abdallah, Mounawara
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Johansson, Sara
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Att skapa goda relationer i förskolan: Förskolepersonalens syn på relationsskapande till barn i förskolan.2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Goda relationer påverkar barns utveckling och lärande. Personalen i förskolan ska skapa relationer som är personliga till varje enskilt barn oavsett deras olika förutsättningar och behov så att de får möjlighet att utvecklas och lära sig. Studiens syfte är att medvetandegöra och öka kunskapen om vilka olika uppfattningar förskolepersonal har om relationsskapande till barnen i förskolan. I en kvalitativ studie med semistrukturerade intervjuer som har sin utgångspunkt i fallbeskrivningar har vi undersökt detta. Resultatet visar att förskolepersonal uttrycker att respekten för individen samt bekräftelsen av barnets känslor är en viktig del i det relationsfrämjande arbetet. Relationens kvalitet ses av de intervjuade förskollärarna och barnskötarna som ett resultat av positiva händelser som gynnar såväl barn som personal. Vår slutsats är att förskolepersonalens relationskompetens har betydelsen för hur relationen till det enskilda barnet blir.

  • 24.
    Abdallah, Nathalie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Bjurman, Elin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Koncentrationssvårigheter hos elever i grundskolan2018Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 25.
    Abdallah, Nour
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Nyman, Caroline
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Naturvetenskap i förskolan: en kvalitativ studie om förskollärares syn på naturvetenskap i förskolan2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien har syftat till att ta reda på hur pedagoger tänker kring arbetet samt vilka möjligheter och svårigheter det finns med att arbeta med naturvetenskap i förskolan. Under vår undersökning har vi utgått ifrån olika övergripande frågeställningar som vilka arbetssätt pedagoger utgår från när det gäller naturvetenskap i förskolan, vad ser pedagoger för möjligheter att arbeta med naturvetenskap i förskolan samt vad för svårigheter pedagoger ser med att arbeta med naturvetenskap i förskolan? I studien utgick vi från den kvalitativa metoden där åtta intervjuer utfördes på två olika förskolor. Intervjufrågorna var öppna för att försöka fånga in så mycket av de intervjuades upplevelser och tankar kring ämnet naturvetenskap. Resultaten i studien visar att pedagoger har olika tankar om hur man arbetar med naturvetenskap samt att pedagoger arbetar på ett varierat sätt. När det gäller arbetsformen fann vi fyra subkategorier, att arbeta med begreppsförståelse, att ha spontana och planerade aktiviteter, att barnen ska upptäcka själva och att uppmuntra barnen till att lära sig genom sociala samspelet.Vi kom även fram till att det finns olika möjligheter samt svårigheter med naturvetenskap somexempelvis att ha en skog nära kan vara en stor möjlighet eftersom det kan underlätta pedagogers arbete. Svårigheter som kan uppstå är att om det förekommer brister på kunskaphos pedagoger kring ämnet naturvetenskap kan detta innebära att det blir svårt att lära barnen om naturvetenskap. Det blir svårt att exempelvis att svara på frågor.

  • 26.
    Abdallah, Sam
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Grupputvecklingssamtal - lärande för individen?: En kvalitativ studie om grupputvecklingssamtal och lärande hos medarbetare2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka grupputvecklingssamtal mellan chef och medarbetare på en avdelning på Akademiska sjukhuset som grund för medarbetarens lärande. Lärandet som undersöks är hur individer kan tillgodogöra sig arbetskunskap utifrån de lärandeprocesser som eventuellt uppstår i samband med gruppsamtal. Frågeställningarna som följer i denna uppsats är ”vad innefattar ett grupputvecklingssamtal på avdelningen på Akademiska sjukhuset?”, ”hur upplever medarbetarna grupputvecklingssamtalet som grund för deras professionella lärande?” och ”vilket slags lärande har premierats?”. Undersökningsmetoderna för denna studie är observation och intervju. Observation har genomförts för att ge svar på vad ett grupputvecklingssamtal på avdelningen på Akademiska sjukhuset innefattar och intervjuer har genomförts för att ge en bild av hur medarbetarna upplever grupputvecklingssamtalen som grund för deras professionella lärande. De analysverktyg som använts för att framställa studiens resultat är det empiriska materialet som framkommit från observationen samt intervjuerna och de teoretiska infallsvinklarna, ”kollektivt lärande” och ”dialog”. Resultaten har visat att ett grupputvecklingssamtal innefattar ett möte där medarbetarna får information om olika saker gällande arbetet och vad som händer på arbetsplatsen. Vidare har resultaten indikerat på att medarbetarna upplever grupputvecklingssamtalen som grund för deras professionella lärande och att det är kollektivt lärande som premierats. Denna studie har främst bidragit till att ge avdelningschefen och gruppcheferna som genomför dessa samtal en uppfattning om att samtalen gynnar medarbetarna i den mån att det ger dem ett kollektivt lärande. Det gör också medarbetarna uppmärksamma på att samtalen kan främja interaktionen mellan dem liksom utförandet av deras arbetsuppgifter.

  • 27. Abdelhai, Rehab
    et al.
    Yassin, Sahar
    Ahmad, Mohamad F.
    Fors, Uno
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
    An e-learning reproductive health module to support improved student learning and interaction: a prospective interventional study at a medical school in Egypt2012In: BMC Medical Education, ISSN 1472-6920, E-ISSN 1472-6920, Vol. 12, p. 11-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The Public Health (PH) course at the medical college of Cairo University is based on traditional lectures. Large enrollment limits students' discussions and interactions with instructors. Aim: Evaluate students' learning outcomes as measured by improved knowledge acquisition and opinions of redesigning the Reproductive Health (RH) section of the PH course into e-learning and assessing e-course utilization. Methods: This prospective interventional study started with development of an e-learning course covering the RH section, with visual and interactive emphasis, to satisfy students' diverse learning styles. Two student groups participated in this study. The first group received traditional lecturing, while the second volunteered to enroll in the e-learning course, taking online course quizzes. Both groups answered knowledge and course evaluation questionnaires and were invited to group discussions. Additionally, the first group answered another questionnaire about reasons for non-participation. Results: Students participating in the e-learning course showed significantly better results, than those receiving traditional tutoring. Students who originally shunned the e-course expressed eagerness to access the course before the end of the academic year. Overall, students using the redesigned e-course reported better learning experiences. Conclusions: An online course with interactivities and interaction, can overcome many educational drawbacks of large enrolment classes, enhance student's learning and complement pit-falls of large enrollment traditional tutoring.

  • 28.
    Abdu, Hayat
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Lindqvist, Martina
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    ”Fröken! kan du hjälpa mig att ta ner den där leksaken?”: Förskolepersonals beskrivning på om de utformar förskolans inomhusmiljö samt barns materialtillgång utifrån barns förutsättningar och behov2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Förskolans verksamhet är barns arena där alla barn har rätt att på ett jämlikt sätt främjas i deras utveckling och lärande. Studiens syfte är att undersöka om och hur förskolepersonal utformar förskolans inomhusmiljö samt barns materialtillgång utifrån alla barns förutsättningar och behov. Studien är baserad på en kvantitativ enkätundersökning med kvalitativa inslag som riktar sig till förskolepersonal, där vi utgått från 40 respondenters svar. I relation till det sociokulturella perspektivet har resultatet analyserats utifrån förskolepersonals perspektiv. I resultatet framgick det att miljön är betydande för barns utveckling och lärande samt att jämlikhet i relation till förskolans inomhusmiljö och materialtillgång är en komplex fråga. Slutsatsen är att om förskolepersonal ska kunna utforma inomhusmiljön samt barns materialtillgång utifrån alla barns förutsättningar och behov behöver de finna metoder och strategier som passar den aktuella barngruppen.

  • 29.
    Abdul Hamid, Alyssa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Dynamiskt Mindset i Förskolan2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie behandlar begreppen dynamiskt mindset, grit och motivation som nyligen varit fokuserade i forsknings- och undervisningssammanhang, och kunskaperna bland förskollärare kring dessa begrepp. Studiens avsikt var att undersöka vad ett dynamiskt mindset kan innebära för förskollärare och sedan i sin tur hur det kan påverka deras elever. Detta omfattar hur förskollärare och elever kan utveckla sitt dynamiska mindset. Studien bygger på en kvalitativ metod och utgår ifrån semistrukturerade intervjuer med fem förskollärare från olika förskolor. Resultaten visar att förskollärarna är positivt inställda till att utveckla ett arbetssätt med att lära ut dynamiskt mindset inom förskolan och en därmed få en tydligare pedagogik. Resultaten visar även att förskollärares pedagogiska kompetens skulle gynnas av en läroplan som visar tydligare riktlinjer kring hur barn ska motiveras, hur de ska arbeta med barns inspiration till ett dynamiskt mindset. Slutsatsen innefattar bland annat att mer forskning kring studiens begrepp behövs i samband med förskolans värld. Och att förskolepedagogiken i sam-band med begreppen dynamiskt mindset, grit och motivation behövs för en förbättring av läroplanen för förskolan. Detta kan göras ihop med förskollärarutbildning och en utökad återkoppling för examinerade förskollärare.

  • 30.
    Abdulla, Afrah
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Risenfors, Signild
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Kursen för samhällsorientering för nyanlända: mobilisering och integration för deltagare2013In: Gemenskaper: socialpedagogiska perspektiv / [ed] Eriksson, Lisbeth, Nilsson, Gunilla & Svensson, Lars A., Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, 1, p. 117-138Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Abdullahi, Naima
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences.
    Pojkars läslust: en studie av hur pojkar uppfattar och uttrycker sitt intresse för läsning2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 32.
    Abed, Lara
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Utvecklingens kärna, återkoppling: En studie om återkopplingens fyra nivåer i två grundskolor2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to examine how feedback on written texts is given at secondary school level in the subject of English, and what effects the different feedback methods provide. The purpose is also to investigate what level of student texts the teacher mainly focuses on when providing feedback: the task level, the metacognitive level, the process level or the personal level. The essay is based on interviews, observations and content analysis of teachers' comments. The result showed that the motivations behind the methods, as well as the methods themselves, were similar between institutions and educators. The preferred method of communicating the feedback was to do it in writing, rather than orally. Finally, the results displayed that teachers combine giving feedback at a task-level, a process level, a metacognitive level, and a personal level.

  • 33.
    Abela, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
    Understanding the Dynamics of the Employability Agenda in Further Education Colleges in England: New Cross College - A Case Study2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores the dynamic of what happens within a further education college in order to develop an understanding of the cultures, systems and processes that are used to socially construct meaning around work and employability.  It is an inductive approach and is based on a case study of a further education college in South London.  The case study is analysed through the metaphor of an “extended family” and draws on social learning theory which is predicated on meaning and identity being created through social interaction (Wenger, 1998).  What has become apparent from being immersed within that extended family of the College, from interviews with staff and students, interacting in social activities, observing classes and reviewing many of its artefacts is perhaps an unremarkable conclusion.  The work of the family is not primarily about imparting a given set of skills (although that plays an important part) but in the formation of identity: “because learning transforms who we are and what we can do, it is an experience of identity” (Wenger, 1998, p. 215).  A major task for the College is to build self belief in developing the identity of learners and assist them to make new meaning so that they can transact effectively in economic life.  To the extent that one can examine and comprehend the organisational DNA of a further education college there are markers here, genes if you will, that can be passed across generations of learners that adapt and shift to survive in life beyond the boundaries of this community.  This study constructs a narrative around that research experience to respond to that primary research question about how the dynamics of the employability operate within a college.  The answer is partial, limited and perhaps only grabs at a corner of what is really going on within the College.  With those caveats and disclaimers what follows is the story of how a discourse takes root and flourishes within a learning community.  It points to the need to re-set the relationship between FE colleges and government to promote greater coherence between policy and practice.

  • 34.
    Abelli, Carolina
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Institutionen för Bildpedagogik (BI).
    Från Astrid till Bobby: En undersökning om vad det är vi gör då vi söker på nätet2012Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta examensarbete är en undersökning om hur det kan se ut då vi tar oss olika sökvägar på internet.

         Hur kan man synliggöra det vi gör då vi söker på nätet?

     

    För att undersöka detta har jag låtit gymnasieelever, studiekamrater och vänner utföra olika typer av internetbaserade sökningar och med hjälp av semiotiska analysverktyg har undersökningsmaterialet analyserats och reflekterats.

    Syftet med undersökningen är att få en fördjupad förståelse för hur man på olika sätt kan använda sig av visuellt material som elever och pedagoger redan använder.

    Som blivande bildpedagog vill jag tillsammans med mina elever utforska de tankeprocesser som sker då vi söker och delar information på internet. Genom att synliggöra mina egna tankeprocesser kan jag förstå andras. En förståelse som också gör det möjligt att förhålla sig till vår tids visuella kulturer.

    Tolkning och resultat har prövats med hjälp av internatbaserade undersöknings metoder. Även pedagogiska filosofier och teorier som jag stött på under min egen lärarutbildning samt situationer som jag själv upplevt på den gymnasieskola där jag arbetar har legat till grund för undersökningen.

    Resultat som framkommit ur bearbetningen av informanternas och mina egna internetsökningar har fått skapa det visuella abstraktet. Abstraktet med namnet Från Astrid till Bobby är framställd med video och har även fått ge namn åt det skriftliga examensarbetet.

  • 35.
    Abelli Nordin, Camilla
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Lönnqvist, Rebecca
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Samverkan i utvecklingssamtal: En studie om hur förskollärare och vårdnadshavare samverkar i utvecklingssamtalet på förskolan2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 210 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie var att ta reda på vad förskollärare och vårdnadshavare har för förväntningar och upplevelser av samverkan i utvecklingssamtal. Forskning visar att ett nära samarbete med hemmet höjer kvaliteten på förskolan, en bra kvalitativ förskola ger barnen bättre förutsättningar i det livslånga lärandet. Vi har intervjuat fyra förskollärare och fyra vårdnadshavare. Resultaten visade skillnader i vad förskollärare och vårdnadshavarna ser för syfte med utvecklingssamtalet. Vårdnadshavarna ser det ser det som ett tillfälle att i lugn och ro få prata om det enskilda barnet, dess utvecklig och trivsel, medan syftet för förskollärarna är att samverka runt barnet och förskoleverksamheten. Både vårdnadshavarna och förskollärare uttrycker att det är viktigt med en förtroendefull relation för att kunna mötas på ett bra sätt i alla samverkanssituationer. Slutsatsen av studien visar att förskollärarna anser att de allra flesta vårdnadshavare tycker att det är viktigt att delta i utvecklings- samtalen till skillnad från andra samverkansformer. Vårdnadshavarnas förväntningar och upplevelser tolkar vi också som positiva för de anser att den information de förväntat sig att få tillgodogörs och är relevant för dem och deras barn.

  • 36.
    Abelson, Per
    Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art.
    Dom vill ju spela så då spelar vi!: En belysande studie av faktorer som påverkar läraren vid planeringen av unervisningen i estetisk verksamhet2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med den här undersökningen är att belysa faktorer som påverkar läraren när den planerar sin undervisning i kursen Estetisk verksamhet med inriktning musik. Av särskilt intresse är vilken påverkan lärarens intressen, utbildning och erfarenhet samt elevernas intressen och färdigheter har. Undersökningen har genomförts genom att fyra stycken verksamma lärare på olika skolor i olika städer intervjuats. Resultatet visar att lärarna till stor del låter eleverna vara med och planera innehållet i kursen och att innehållet mestadels utgörs av praktiskt musicerande. Det som har allra störst påverkan på att kursen utformas åt detta håll är den syn som läraren har på eleven och på ämnet samt elevernas färdigheter och intressen. Resultatet överrensstämmer därmed med tidigare forskning.

  • 37.
    Abenius, Nina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
    Fogelberg, Marie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
    Samspelet mellan fonologi, minne och inlärning hos unga vuxna och vuxna med språkstörning: En systematisk litteraturstudie2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 38.
    Abiala, Kristina
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Hernwall, Patrik
    Stockholms universitet.
    Tweens konstruerar identitet online: flickors och pojkars erfarenheter av sociala medier2013In: Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, ISSN 1401-6788, E-ISSN 2001-3345, no 1/2, p. 10-35Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Abiala, Kristina
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Hernwall, Patrik
    Södertörn University, School of Communication, Media and it, Media technology.
    Tweens negotiating identity online2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Abiala, Kristina
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Hernwall, Patrik
    Stockholm University.
    Tweens negotiating identity online: Swedish girls and boys write about their online experiences2013In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 16, no 8, p. 951-969Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 41.
    Abou-Shakra, Hanan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
    Lind, Tess
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
    En litteraturstudie om läsförståelse och vilka faktorer som påverkar den hos elever i grundskolan2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna litteraturstudie var att ta reda på vad som påverkar elevers läsförståelse i grundskolan. Utifrån syftet kunde en frågeställning formuleras: “Vad säger forskningen om vilka faktorer som kan påverka elevernas läsförståelse i grundskolan?” Litteraturstudien bygger på systematiska sökningar som har gjorts i databaserna SwePub och ERIC. Resultatet visar att de faktorer som påverkar läsförståelsen hos elever i grundskolan är Faktorer från elevernas hemförhållande och bakgrund, Faktorer i undervisningen och Hur olika texttyper kan påverka läsförståelsen. Resultaten i litteraturstudien visar även att elever behöver stöd i sin undervisning med hjälp av olika metoder samt att föräldrarna har en betydelse för elevers lärande i skolan. Fortsatt forskning inom området läsförståelse är att mer ingående se på hur föräldrars utländska härkomst påverkar lärandet hos eleverna. Att konkretisera vilka strategier som lärare kan använda sig av för att utveckla elevernas läsförståelse i undervisningen i ämnet svenska kan också vara ett nytt forskningsområde.

  • 42.
    Abou-Soultan, Fattma
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Dhraief, Rahma
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Behandlas de fem matematiska förmågorna?: En studie av hur olika matematiska förmågor behandlas i svenska läroböcker i matematik för årskurs 1 och 32019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 43.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Book Review: Finnish Lessons, What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?2012In: Karlstads Pedagogiska Tidskrift, ISSN 1653-4743, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 121-125Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Göteborgs Universitet.
    Compulsory School Curricula of South Africa (RNCS, 2002) and Sweden (Lpo94).2008In: Compulsory School Curricula of South Africa (RNCS, 2002) and Sweden (Lpo94)., 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Compulsory School Curricula of South Africa (RNCS1, 2002) and Sweden (Lpo 294).

    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to analyse the compulsory school curricula of South Africa and Sweden. It focuses on contexts for their introduction, main actors in the process, democratic values they contain and their similarities and differences. Norman Fairclough’s Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is used for analysis. The curricula and references to other literatures show similarities and differences. Contextual similarities are that both countries were once under oppression and their masses were isolated from the education process and more resources were invested on their elites. At present the curricula of both countries strives for democratic education. A major difference is equal opportunities for the students to attend a school of their choice are higher in Sweden than in South Africa. The Swedish curriculum is more concrete on issues related to students, teachers and other school staff’s rights and responsibilities, and on relations between school, home and society.

    Key words: South Africa, Sweden, Curricula, and Democratic values

  • 45.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Göteborgs Universitet.
    Curriculum Reform and Life Orientation Education in Post Apartheid South Africa2010In: Education Policy / [ed] Gregory Papanikos, Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research , 2010, p. 79-102Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Democratic Values in the Comprehensive Schools Curricula of the Nordic Countries.2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Democratic values in the comprehensive schools curricula of the Nordic countries.

     

    The major focus of this paper is to find out which aspects of democratic values are emphasised in the comprehensive schools curricula of the five Nordic countries. It is also an intention of the paper to find out similarities and differences in emphasis and if available data allows to further investigate the reasons for differences and similarities.

    Major sources for the work were curricula of comprehensive schools from the different Nordic countries. Each countries current curriculum was closely read to understand their contents and to undertake comparative analysis. Text analysis was used as a major tool to look closely at the text and context. For further knowledge journals on curriculum studies and other relevant materials were consulted.

    A preliminary review of the general section of comprehensive schools curricula of these countries show:

    In the Danish curriculum participation, responsibility and understanding rights and duties are emphasised.

    The Finnish curriculum raises issues on human rights, equality, natural diversity, preservation of environment and multiculturalism. Responsibility, a sense of community and respect for the right and freedom of the individual are emphasised. General diversity and gender equality are given significant attention.

    In the Icelandic curriculum the major focus is human rights, collective responsibility, participation, influencing, and respect. Concern for people, animal and the environment are included in the curriculum. Critical thinking and reflection, active cooperation & collective responsibility are also emphasised.

    The Norwegian curriculum mentions understanding, cooperation, independence, individual freedom and tolerance as important issues.

    Swedish curriculum raises issues on respect for human rights, respect for persons and the environment. It considers inviolability of human life, individual freedom and integrity, equality between women and men, solidarity with the weak and vulnerable as crucial points. Sense of justice, generosity of spirit, tolerance and responsibility, well-being and development of the individual, no discrimination and personal responsibility were among the areas the curriculum lifted up.

    The curricula in these five countries give room for democratic values. There are some variations on emphasises on specific issues. But all the curricula include issues of rights and responsibilities.

    Keywords: curricula, democratic values, Nordic countries

  • 47.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Utbildningsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Göteborgs universitet.
    Education for Democracy?: Life Orientation: Lessons on Leadeship Qualities and Voting in South African Comprehensive Schools2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study takes as its starting point how teachers understand, interpret and teach social development aspects of Life Orientation in South African comprehensive schools. The specific focus is on lessons on leadership qualities and voting for third grade learners in four schools, each dominated by either Black, Coloured, White or mixed groups of learners. Field work with an ethnographic approach and a qualitative strategy was used to gain access to empirical data. Policy and curriculum documents, guidelines and textbooks were used. Classroom observations in four classes and interviews with 14 third grade teachers were conducted. Theoretical concepts of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction are applied. Ulf P Lundgren’s Frame Factor Theory is used to study school organization. Basil Bernstein’s Pedagogical Devices are considered when examining the different levels of pedagogical activities. To be a teacher in South Africa one needs to attend at least two years of teacher education after completing high school. Teachers in the classes studied underwent their teacher education during apartheid years. Due to limited in-service training, they sometimes experience problems of understanding and interpreting the learning area, which they usually tackle by consulting documents, colleagues or school authorities. The learners’ understanding varied based on their family background and type of school they attended. There were enormous differences in material, financial and organisational resources between classes and schools. The resources for teaching leadership qualities and voting were not, however, different between the classes. The lessons were teacher dominated and direct transmission was used as a method. The way teachers facilitated the lesson on leadership qualities and voting varied but all showed some democratic shortcomings. Apart from answering questions, learners were neither invited nor encouraged to participate to further their understanding of the theme. Limited aspects of leadership qualities were discussed, individual leaders’ roles were emphasised and the teachers picked candidates for class leaders in three of the classes. It was also evident that the class environments were not suitable for critical or creative thinking and democratic upbringing. The schools reproduced norms, values, languages and cultures of the different groups. Officially, teachers emphasised the common national South African identity. This emphasis on national identity could disguise the injustice some groups experience in society.

  • 48.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Life Orientation: Lessons on leadership qualities and voting in grade three classes in South African schools2013In: Online Educational Research Journal, ISSN 2044-0294, E-ISSN 2044-0294Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Life Orientation: lessons on leadership qualities and voting in grade three classes

    Abstract

    The focus of this study was lessons on leadership qualities and voting in grade three classes in four Eastern Cape schools. Frame factor theory and theory of pedagogical devices were used. The study employed text analysis, classroom observation in four 3rd grade classes and interviews with 14 third grade teachers as sources of data. The results of the study indicated there were differences among teachers when it came to understanding and interpreting the theme. The teachers interviewed have general qualifications but lacked training to teach this theme. Between the schools there were differences in manpower, material and financial resources. There were similar teaching procedures although there were differences in teachers’ approaches. Learners’ understanding was influenced by family background. In general, teachers dominated and controlled the whole procedure by proposing candidates and vote counters. Findings from this study could be relevant for teachers and other school personnel for their future commitment to teaching democracy by practising it. Keywords: Classroom, democracy, differences, leadership qualities, learners, life orientation, participation, South Africa, teachers, voting

  • 49.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    New Public Management in the Swedish Higher Education2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The focus of this study is to find out about the neoliberal New Public Management entry into the Swedish higher education institutions, its effect and the possible alternative to it. The study is based on articles in academic journals, policy documents and government sponsored reports. The result of the study shows that the Swedish higher education institutions are influenced by New Public Management. This is visible as market characters such as efficiency, competition, quality control, customer satisfaction is highly valued at present in the higher education. There is also emphasis on manpower training for the labour market. Easily measurable knowledge for immediate use of economic growth are prioritized at the expense of critical and analytical knowledge. Higher education’s autonomy is to some extent violated, collegial leadership is replaced by appointee leadership, staff are under pressure to follow instructions instead of exercising their academic freedom. Based on these findings I will argue against these trends and emphasis on the importance of all partners in higher education to review the present condition in order to facilitate the possibility for keeping higher education (universities) as public autonomous institution, to keep academic freedom intact, to assure that higher education should have both professional and democratic contents, and that higher education should continue to undertake basic long term and short term research for immediate use.

  • 50.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Nukruma’s and nyerere’s educational visions: what could contemporary africa learns from them?2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    NUKRUMA’S AND NYERERE’S EDUCATIONAL VISIONS – WHAT COULD CONTEMPORARY AFRICA LEARNS FROM THEM?

     

    Getahun Yacob Abraham

    Senior Lecturer

    Institution for Pedagogical Studies

    Karlstad University  

     

     

    This study tries to assess the educational visions of two post independent African leaders, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere. The focus is on, what could contemporary Africa learn from their visions on developing the welfare of society through education? To answer this question a literature review of their own works and other writers was conducted. The review shows that they emphasised on the need for education for further development in their own and other countries in the continent. They also focused on relating education with the local reality with due concern on the relevance of knowledge of the global reality. The instrumentality of education to change the life of the masses was given a vital place. For them  education should aim at including all sectors of society and on creating equality among the population instead of contributing to evolving an elite class that selfishly prioritize its own interest than the society at large. They stressed that education should not be too theoretical in the expense of the practical activities. According to them the purpose of education should go beyond individual gains and take into consideration the welfare of the whole society. In line with their visions information technology and welfare development in the continent should be assumed in a way that benefits the broad masses.  

     

     

    Key words: contemporary Africa, Education, Nkrumah, Nyerere, visions

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