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  • 1.
    Abrahamsson, Julia
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Barns språkutveckling: En kvalitativ studie om barns språkutveckling vid samlingar i förskolan2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to examine how children’s language is supported and developed at the kindergarten and how it is done in reality. This study has its focus on gatherings. The content of the gatherings is analyzed with the Vygotskij’s theory in mind by interviewing kindergarten teachers and observing gatherings while focusing on the three theoretical expressions involvement, participation and autonomy. The result shows that teacher use the principles of involvement, participation and autonomy by activities like reading, songs etc. The study shows even that kindergarten teachers follow two different models consisting of the Bornholmsmodel and an own model. The main function of a gathering is to involve children into a social society. It shows that gatherings have a mixed status amongst kindergarten teachers because of having different opinions about gathering’s function and relevance for developing children’s language skills. It shows that gatherings using the Bornholmsmodel do have more content than gatherings done by kindergarten teachers with their own model. To examine if this occurs because of the mixed status or because of planning-issues would be a good start to begin with in future research.

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  • 2.
    Aghaei, Mary
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Skrivutveckling hos andraspråkselever på gymnasiet: En kvalitativ studie om hur lärare i gymnasieskolor arbetar med skrivutveckling hos elever som har svenska som andraspråk2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 3.
    Alklind Taylor, Anna-Sofia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Backlund, Per
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Bergman, Maria Elena
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Carlén, Urban
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Engström, Henrik
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Johannesson, Mikael
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Lebram, Mikael
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Toftedahl, Marcus
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Spelbaserad simulering för insatsutbildning: Slutrapport2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport är en avrapportering av projektet Spelbaserad simulering för insatsutbildning. Projektet syftar till att:

    • Studera hur serious games kan förstärka lärandemiljön i träning och utbildning
    • Praktiskt testa och analysera användningen av spelteknologi för att ta fram rekommendationer för konstruktion av träningssimulatorer
    • Skapa underlag för utveckling av Räddningsverkets utbildningsmetoder genom samarbete mellan forskare och praktiker

    Serious games och spelbaserad simulatorträning ses som en möjlighet att vidareutveckla undervisnings- och träningsmiljön inom räddningstjänst. Begreppet serious games definieras som att använda spel och spelteknik för att uppnå syften utöver ren underhållning. För att utnyttja områdets potential i största möjliga mån krävs en kombination av att utveckla och anpassa teknik så att den passar för ändamålet, detta kan till exempel innebära att utnyttja de möjligheter som modern spelteknik ger för att logga användarbeteende och resultat. Dessutom innefattar serious games en komponent av speldesign, det vill säga att utnyttja möjligheter som spel ger för att skapa en motiverande och engagerande lärandemiljö. Detta kan till exempel innebära att skapa tävlingsmoment och poängsystem som sporrar till upprepad användning. I projektet har vi utnyttjat såväl teknik- som speldesignskomponenten.

    Projektets syften har uppnåtts genom att producera och utvärdera ett prototypspel för insatsträning samt en modell för hur serious games kan användas i träning och utbildning. De huvudsakliga resultaten består av en spelprototyp av ett webbaserat spel för att träna beslutsfattande på taktisk nivå samt en pedagogisk modell för spelbaserad träning. Prototypen och modellen har testats på en distanskurs för Räddningsledarutbildning i regi av Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB). Utvärderingen visar på goda resultat vad gäller systemets användbarhet. Den pedagogiska potentialen har inte kunnat utvärderas fullt ut då prototypen inte blev en tillräckligt integrerad del i kursen där den utvärderades.

    Projektet visar att spelbaserad träning kan vara en möjlighet för pedagogisk utveckling med avseende på både teknik och pedagogisk kontext. I detta sammanhang är det viktigt att poängtera vikten av att genomföra och utvärdera pedagogiska anpassningar i samband med spelbaserad träning. Vidare har projektet har samarbetat med olika konstellationer av lärare och kursdeltagare vid MSB. En viktig lärdom är att tydliga resurser och organisatoriskt engagemang finns på plats i den här typen av samproducerande forskningsprojekt.

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  • 4.
    Alnelind, Gunilla
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Handledarens roll i arbetsplatsförlagt lärande2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 5.
    Alpsten, Elisabet
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Ljungberg, Hanna
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Förskollärares uppfattningar av musiksamlingens roll i förskolan: En fenomenografisk studie2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 6.
    Andersson, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    100-tals sidor som Är mer intressanta än det läraren talar om: Några elevers tankar om elevdatorer2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate students' perception of how computers are used in teaching. The question was to see if there are benefits, drawbacks, and if there are areas of change to use computers in teaching. Data Usage is increasing in today's society and in most schools, students get a private student computer use in education. Studies show that data usage will need to be individualized to better help the individual student. The wording of their school says that students should learn IT for their future profession and to better discuss with their consumers / patients. The method used is interviews. Six students in grades three to Health and care program in high school were interviewed. Four interviews were conducted in the study, three individual interviews and group interviews. The results indicate student computer means access to the student when it facilitates the ability to take notes. The computer prevents students in the teaching when it is watched on social media during class, making it difficult to focus on the teacher during the lesson. The computer makes it easier for students to organize their student records in a better way. The possibilities for change focused on improving their notes.

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  • 7.
    Andersson Bustad, Susanne
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Magiska ögonblick och förlorade möjligheter: En studie i möjligheterna att lära med utgångspunkt i elevernas förkunskaper, svårigheter med lärandeobjektet och variationen i det erbjudna lärandet.2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is based on an interest in trying to understand what is needed to ensure that students actually learn in a learning object, in this study equations. Algebra is an area of mathematics in several studies proved to be a stumbling block for many students. Using letters in mathematis is difficult for most students according to research reports and it is also consistent with my own experince as a teacher. The purpose of this study was to seek answers to what in the lesson content and also during the interview that allowed the students to learn more about the learning object. Based on students' prior knowledge and the difficulties students might have with the learning object and the offer of learning, I try to get an answer to what might have contribut the students to developed knowledge of the learning object. This qualitative study is based on a variation theory perspective. The two students who participated in the study attended the same class in high school. By using the theory of variation patterns, it made it possible for me to describe how students learn new things about the learning object, equations. To gain insight into how the students solved the data and developed new knowledge, I had the lesson content and their statements in the interviews to help me understand the difficulties in solving the equtionatask and what in the lessons that have contributed to new knowledge. The results show that pupils' understanding and difficulties in learning objects are relevant to how they can perceive, discern and assimilate new knowledge. One student was able to experience learning from their prior knowledge and assimilate what he had to develop in the variety in the offer of learning. The offered learning did not give the second student the same opportunity. The results indicates that the knowledge of students' prior knowledge, the difficulties the learning object can create and students' own narrative, I argue on the basis of the study'sresults, it is important knowledge for every teacher to be aware of befor the presentation of the lesson if it will give every student opportunities to learn.

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  • 8.
    Andersson, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Demokrati- och mångfaldsprojekt i Södra Ryd: Utegården Skogsmyran2014Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Projektrapport från ett samverkansprojekt mellan Högskolan i Skövde, AB Skövdebostäder och Skövde kommun.

  • 9.
    Andersson, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Det politiska rummet: villkor för situationspolitisk socialisation i en nätgemenskap av och för ungdomar2012Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim is to analyse the institutional character of, and the on-going communication in, a net community organised by and for young people. This is achieved using terms of conditions for situational political socialisation – a situation in a specific context in which the participants, within the battle between different groups attempting to organise society through interaction and action, adopt political preferences and skills. The thesis builds on agonism, a political theory in which controversy and struggle are viewed as prerequisites for human life that uses language as a political act. The net community, as an institution, contingently depends on political rebirth via action and communication. The use of language creates places that give the institution meaning while at the same time the institution claims the participants and their creation of meaning. Black Heart, the analysed net community, is a quasi-public space for and by young people aged between 14 and 28 years. It is a cultural community where political conversations take place among other kinds of communication. The institutional character of Black Heart and ten politically controversial conversations are analysed, using a case study method that applies web content analysis and computer mediated discourse analysis. There is a strong institutional framework operating in the political text conversations of Black Heart, the participants are governed by the institution and the participants govern each other. The political communication is characterised by revealing and arguing for political interest. To challenge is the dominant category of political action which constitutes political subjects that are offensive, argumentative and polemic. Political communication and the on-going interaction generate an educational situation in which the participants are expected to be content oriented, argumentative, expressive, communicative and polemic.  

  • 10.
    Andersson, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Producing and consuming the controversial: A social media perspective on political conversations in the social science classroom2016In: Journal of Social Science Education, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 6-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Teachers find it difficult to conduct political controversial conversations in the social science classroom and due to an increased use of social media in educational settings new challenges and possibilities are raised. The use of social media causes fundamental changes to the role of the learner who becomes a producer and consumer – a prosumer – of educational content. With a social media perspective and a didactical focus on learning in democracy and political action the article discusses didactical conditions and possibilities of political controversial conversations in social science education and derives a set of didactic strategies. When approaching the classroom as a diverse ideological public space, recognising the students as political agents and using a social media perspective it is possible to balance the function of education – socialisation, qualification and subjectification – and at the same time stimulate societal engagement and political action.

  • 11.
    Andersson, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Värdebasen i Den Tionde Dagen: om normer, praxisteori och värden i lokal skolutveckling2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In a local school development project the principles of values and norms are studied. The focus of the study is set on the moral of the collective (norms), the praxis theory (norms and valuations) and the value foundation within the context of a local school development project. The value base is compared to the value discourse in the national curriculum. In a greater perspective the study is about understanding the essence of school development. The ontological and epistemological perspectives make the value objective theory. Values become objects for assimilation and guidance of humans as social beings in the world. The values are found in the intersubjectiv construction, in the social community, where values come to exist. The research is in the areas of pedagogy and philosophy. The main technique used for collecting empirical materials is focus groups.

    Pedagogical and ethical value discourses come in to sight and are expressed by the teachers. The pedagogical values Development, Participation and Autonomy are all of great importance in the practice of teaching. On the one hand the teaching fundament is constituted by the pedagogical values, the duty of teaching. The ethical values Respect, Development, The duty to do the assignment, Freedom and The integrity of the individual, are, on the other hand all units of importance in the construction of a good school. In teaching praxis the ethical values legitimate the things that are going on. In the organization of The Tenth Day the ethical values stand for the duty of educating children. In the context of local school development pedagogical and ethical values show the existing understanding of the national curriculum. In this wholeness teachers’ values in the pedagogical deed and values for the pedagogical deed exist. If those two perspectives are used they will create a teaching praxis that contains the interaction between teachers as well as between teachers and their pupils. This interaction constructs the value base as a whole.

    The theoretical contribution of this study contains a new perspective of approaching school development. They are closely related to the praxis and they also show the underlying values in an organization by defining the central concepts/ideas and using them as tools.

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  • 12.
    Andersson, Erik
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholm University, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Sweden.
    Political Participation as Public Pedagogy: The Educational Situation in Young People’s Political Conversations in Social Media2014In: Journal of Social Science Education, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 110-121Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article we argue that young people’s political participation in the social media can be considered ‘public pedagogy’. The argument builds on a previous empirical analysis of a Swedish net community called Black Heart. Theoretically, the article is based on a particular notion of public pedagogy, education and Hannah Arendt’s expressive agonism. The political participation that takes place in the net community builds up an educational situation that involves central characteristics: communication, community building, a strong content focus and content production, argumentation and rule following. These characteristics pave the way for young people’s public voicing, experiencing, preferences and political interests that guide their everyday political life and learning – a phenomenon that we understand as a form of public pedagogy.

  • 13.
    Andersson, Erik
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Sandgren, Susanne
    Skaraborgs Kommunalförbund, Skövde, Sverige.
    Delaktighet som pedagogik och demokratiskt värde för fullföljandet av studier – kunskapsbidrag från ett utvecklingsprojekt2015In: Utbildning och Lärande / Education and Learning, ISSN 2001-4554, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 80-100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Participation as a pedagogy and democratic value turns out to be a critical element in students’ completion of school. Completed education is a regional development project in which a survey has been conducted in order to identify successful strategies to promote completed education in school. In an analysis, in the context of the survey, with an emphasis on school and participation as a pedagogy and democratic value, several findings are shown. It turns out that the importance of participation manifests itself through an emphasis on the societal and democratic mission of school; school ethos; the value praxis of school; pedagogical approach; and viewing the pupil as capable. It is, in more detail, shown that it is particularly crucial to understand the completion of school as a pedagogical problem; create sustainable institutional structures not bound to one person; and to make sure that students are participants in their own studies.

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  • 14.
    Andersson, Karin
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    ”På samma sätt som alla barn, med vänlighet och respekt”: En kvalitativ studie om mångkulturellt arbete i förskolan2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this qualitative study was to analyze, describe and understand the school leaders and teachers’ perceptions about multicultural work in preschool, and their importance to preschool activities. The study was based on sociocultural theory and built on interviews of school leaders and teachers in a multicultural preschool.

    The results of the study showed that the school leaders and teachers expressed that children and parents should be treated with respect regardless of cultural background. The teachers considered themselves important to convey basic values of the curriculum as well as the Swedish language and culture to preschool children and parents. They also expressed their experience of different cultural backgrounds as exciting and rewarding, giving them a deeper knowledge of alternative ways to think and believe. The teachers of the study considered children's language development as the most important content, both in Swedish and in children's first language.

    In the discussion of the study were results compared with theories and previous research. Teacher's complex and multi-faceted work were problematized with questions how the early childhood education could be developed. There were questions in discussion about the inclusion of children of different cultures and first language, questions about values as well as children’s dual cultural affiliation. These issues can contribute to develop early childhood education to a preschool where all children and families' cultural backgrounds are equal, and where all children's languages is included.

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    Examensarbete i Lärarutbildningen Högskolan i Skövde Karin Andersson januari 2014
  • 15.
    Andersson, Louice
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Sex- och samlevnadsundervisning: En kvalitativ studie om flickors och pojkars uppfattningar om undervisningen i skolår 7-92010Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Experience and research of sexual education in school shows that the teaching is not valued as satisfaction by young people. To investigate this statement a study of girls’and boys’ perceptions of content and teaching methods in sexual education in secondary school was conducted. How the teaching should be designed to be meaningful is of interest in the study. The study was conducted with a qualitative approach where the key is to get the different views. To gather the data both questionnaires and group interviews were used. The questionnaires study involved 47 students and group interviews four girls and four boys. The result shows that students believe that sexual education is important and that they had received a good education in secondary school. Common for girls and boys is that they want a varied teaching of both content and teaching methods. It's important that anyone who teaches in the area must have good knowledge. The students also think that the teacher must not be embarrassed and think it's embarrassing when students ask questions. Students in the investigation wants more time for discussions. The study also shows that a large part of teaching is on issues related to sexuality, genital anatomy, STD and contraception. On the other hand is only a bit of time about relationships, which is an area that students are asking for. In order to achieve a meaningful education, from a student perspective, requires that students gain knowledge of what the area contains in order to be able to have influence in teaching. By preliminary information students can be given influence in teaching. It's of great importance that the teacher understands students' questions and what students feel is relevant for them right now.

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  • 16.
    Andersson, Therese
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Aspenbäck, Sandra
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Förskolerummets pedagogiska dilemma: Pedagogernas syn på miljöns och materialets betydelse.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to examine how teachers at the preschool was thinking about the environment and the material's impact on children's development and learning. We also wanted to found out how the indoor environment of the departments is structured, whether they are traditional, they look like the home or if they are inspiring for children to experiment and explore the environment. We also looked at how the material is used and how it is placed and if the children have access to it. We have assumed the socio-cultural perspective in the study, which says that it is the teacher who organizes the environment around the kids and the kids are taking the help of their environment to learn and develop. Our empirical gathering of the materials were developed through interviews and observations. The teachers we interviewed were from different departments. The observations were made by walking around and looking at the environment and we also took photographs of what we wanted to examine extra. The result showed that most preschool teachers thought the environments significance. The traditional environment was found in the kindergarten but with attempts to change it. The material would be visible to the children besides the "dirty and messy."

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  • 17.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.
    Att röja väg till den öppna högskolan2009In: Folkhögskolans praktiker i förändring / [ed] Bernt Gustavsson, Gunnel Andersdotter, Lena Sjöman, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2009, 1, p. 201-223Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Andersén, Annelie
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Den nya yrkeslärarutbildningen – utkomster i form av yrkeskompetens2013In: Utbildning och Lärande / Education and Learning, ISSN 2001-4554, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 88-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes and discusses a group of newly trained vocational teachers' experiences of outcomes of their teacher education in terms of professional skills. Seven students participated in focus group discussions concering one of the professional teacher training national objectives. The results show that the newly trained vocational teachers acquired a new vision of the teaching profession and that they have strengthened both their professional identity and their self confidence. They have new, broader and more improved tools to use in teaching. and they see the importance of having a vocational teacher education. Skills that are considered important in new vocational teachers' profession are for example to able to see the individual students and reach out o them with a message, and to make just assessment and set fair grades. 

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  • 19.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.
    Ett särskilt perspektiv på högre studier?: Folkhögskoledeltagares sociala representationer om högskola och universitet2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis aims to investigate folk high school participants’ social representations of university. According to the theory of social representa­tions, folk high school participants’ social representations of university are created socially and change depending on their experiences of university. The thesis also aims to investigate the origins of these social representations and how they have developed over time, as well as whether and how these rep­resent­ations have been affected by other social representa­tions, such as those of the distinctive character of folk high school. In order to identify folk high schools participants’ social identities and social rep­resenta­tions, I have made use of empirical data collected through free associa­tions and interviews with folk high school participants and former folk high school participants. To discover the origin of the representations and how they developed over time, I conducted a document study of an important folk high school teacher magazine. The results show that throughout the history of folk high schools, the institution has remained true to two basic ideas. These two fundamental ideas explain why different social identities and different representa­tions exist among the participants. The idea of folk high school as something different and special, leads to representations of folk high school as an alternative to other forms of education and to representations of university as some­­thing unlike folk high school. The second idea – that folk high school must adapt to the surrounding community – leads to representations of folk high school as a second chance and social representations of university as a goal.

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  • 20.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Encell - National Centre for Lifelong Learning, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University.
    Social Representations and Social Identity in Swedish Folk High Schools: an application of Duveen and Lloyd2010In: Papers on Social Representations, ISSN 1021-5573, E-ISSN 1819-3978, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 10.1-10.14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article extends Duveen's work on social representations and social gender identity by discussing how it can be applied to the context of Swedish folk high school participants' social representations of folk high school and university, then examines the influence of these representations on participants' desires and ambitions to progress to university.  Adopting Duveen's framework to analyze several previous data regarding folk high schools (i.e., a document study of folk high school teachers' magazines, an association study on folk high school participants, and interviews with folk high school participants), I seek to illustrate in this article how most premises concerning the formation of children's social identity (as described by Duveen) also hold for adults entering a new social context.

  • 21.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.
    Swedish folk high school as a second chance to attain acess to university2011In: NCEE 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Folk high schools are part of popular, or liberal adult education in Sweden. By participating in the general course at a folk high school, students who have failed to meet the requirements necessary for continued study at university level have a second chance to fulfil such requirements. This paper describes different approaches of Swedish folk high schools with regard to preparing their participants for university studies. The paper also discusses how these different ways of working affect how participants perceive university studies and how these perceptions affect their choices of whether or not to continue on to university after completion of their folk high school education. Based on empirical data collected through free associations, interviews with then-current and former folk high school participants, articles from a leading folk high school teacher magazine, and material found on the folk high schools’ homepages, the results show that throughout the history of the Swedish folk high school, this institution has remained true to two basic ideas: the idea of differentiation and the idea of adaptation.

    The results also show that folk high schools work in different ways with regard to widening participation, depending on which of these two ideas they tend to focus on most. The prevalence of these two fundamental ideas explains why different social identities and different representations exist among the participants. The idea of folk high school as something different and special leads to representations of folk high school as an alternative to other forms of education and to representations of university as something difficult and different than folk high school. The second idea – that folk high school must adapt to the surrounding community – leads to representations of folk high school as a second chance and of university as a goal.

  • 22.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.
    When 'they' become 'us'2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper elaborates on how representations changes when social identity does. Social representations are not static, representations can change over time, together with the identity. Social identity is not only based on how members of a group represent themselves, but also how the group is represented by others. It is also a representation of ‘we’ as something that is not ‘them’. In my research, I found out that the perception of ‘us’ as folk high school participants is instrumental in the formation of ‘they’, involving, among others, university students. Social representations of university among folk high school participants are often formed by second-hand and reproduced experiences, as participants themselves have not yet studied at university. Most of them have neither visited a university, or know any current or former university students. The folk high school identity is only the object of association during a very short period in a person’s life, for only one or a couple of years, which means that a change of education also leads to a rapid change between identities, i.e. what was previously referred to as ‘they’, becomes ‘us’. However, the key question addressed in this paper is what happens then?

    This study includes an association study with one hundred participants taking the folk high school general course. In this study, I asked the participants about their associations regarding the words folk high school and university. Five years after the participants from the first association study finished folk high school I called them up and asked them again about their associations regarding the terms folk high school and university. Here I found out that the participants who had continued to university studies, in contrast to the result of the earlier study,  do not represent university as a (final) goal. The other two representations who was common among the folk high school participants – university as a (final) step in a stairway and university as not being folk high school – still occur, but in a quiet different form.

  • 23.
    Andersén, Annelie
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.
    When they becomes us: Att byta identitet från folkhögskoledeltagare till universitetsstudent2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Angrimer, Therese
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Att ha ett mål: En av framgångsfaktorerna för att eleven ska lyckas med yrkesutbildning inom vård- och omsorgsprogrammet2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Att ha ett mål: En av framgågnsfaktorerna för att eleven skall lyckas med yrkesutbildning inom vård- och omsorgsprogrammet
  • 25.
    Ankarlund, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Inkludering i skolverksamhet: En analys om en grupp pedagogers uppfattning om en inkluderande skolverksamhet2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Inclusion is a term that can suggest the individual's community with other people, a community based on perceived reciprocity and participation. Included may also indicate that someone or something is included in a context, for example, that the student is included in the group or the VAT is included in the price. Depending on the context used, the meaning becomes different. In Swedish schools all children should be offered education and stimulated to lifelong learning. Educators and the school principal in schools are responsible for children as well as young people's education. Research shows that inclusion is a complex issue in Swedish school arenas, and the complexity is partly based on how educators experience disabilities and partly by how priorities are made by the principal. Priorities on budget, education and time for discussion between educators affect the outcome of the inclusive school activities. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of a group of educators' perception of inclusion with a view to creating a deeper understanding of inclusive school activities. In order to achieve this purpose, research questions were formulated about the importance that a group of educators attributed to the concept of inclusion and inclusive activities, how educators relate to the commitment to work with inclusion in their different roles and the importance of that educators attribute to the teaching strategies they use in their daily activities. To answer the study's questiona, three group interviews were conducted with educators working in an inclusive school. At two of the interviews, with open questions, the respondents were two in number and at the third they were three. The data has been analysed using the theoretical framework of this study focusing on inclusion in Swedish school. The data deal with issues of what is considered a disability, the pedagogues´ teaching strategies in groups with students with disabilities as well as in terms of a school's organisational learning. The results of the study show that the principal has a crucial role in the design of the school activities in the creation of a common understanding of inclusive school activities. In addition, the result shows that the educator's and the school leadership's perception of human rights and of disabilities can affect to varying degrees student learning in inclusive school activities. Finally, the result shows that the school leadership in turn is influenced by political decisions and policy documents in how an inclusive school activity can be designed and implemented.

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  • 26.
    Aslam, Tehseen
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment.
    Svensson, Henrik
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Education of the Future: Learnings and Experiences from Offering Education to Industry Professionals2022In: SPS2022: Proceedings of the 10th Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Amos H. C. Ng; Anna Syberfeldt; Dan Högberg; Magnus Holm, Amsterdam; Berlin; Washington, DC: IOS Press, 2022, p. 665-676Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Digitalization is forcing the industry to rethink current practices in all business domains, pushing for a digital transformation of business and operations at a high rate and, thus, paving the way for new business models and making others redundant. For small and medium-sized companies (SME), in particular, it is an enormous challenge to keep up with the pace of technological development. Several initiatives have argued the industry’s need for continuous digitalization, innovation, transformation ability, and future skills and competencies development. However, the advancement of the Swedish industry in this area has been uneven, where larger organizations have begun their digital transformation journey to some extent, but SMEs risk falling behind. In addition to the technological transformation, the challenges regarding the industries’ skills supply need to be solved, where a workforce with the right competencies, knowledge, and skill sets are equally, if not more, important for remaining competitive. One of the key elements to face these challenges in the companies will be to recruit knowledgeable employees or re-skill the existing ones. Efficient access to relevant knowledge and skills is still a major concern for companies that will surely affect their competitiveness for a long time to come. This paper elaborates on the opportunities and challenges that Swedish universities face in the context of lifelong learning and education for industry professionals. The paper presents results and experiences gained from a lifelong learning project for industry professionals at the University of Skövde in collaboration with ten industry partners. The results from the project show that in addition to pedagogical methods, current structures and policies within academia need to be further developed to effectively serve industry professionals. The paper also presents a concept of education for industry professionals in the lifelong learning context based on the results and experience gained from the project.

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  • 27.
    Atif, Yacine
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Chou, Chien
    Institute of Education, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
    Digital Citizenship: Innovations in Education, Practice, and Pedagogy2018In: Educational Technology & Society, ISSN 1176-3647, E-ISSN 1436-4522, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 3p. 152-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are still disparities in technology-access despite economic pressures and widespread promises to overcome them. The induced digital gap defines the degree of digital citizenship for which, unified policies have yet to be drawn at various educational levels to reduce that gap. The quest for a broad participation to develop digital citizenship competencies needs further investigations into innovative educational approaches, pedagogical methods, and routine practices that foster digital literacy, and narrows the digital divide. This special issue accumulates original theoretical and empirical research contributions across contemporary digital citizenship perspectives. The final selection of the papers explores digital citizenship concepts such as ethics, digital literacy and participation, in various contexts to develop opportunities for a wider engagement in social actions. The international perspectives of contributing authors shed lights on digital citizenship prospects across unique contexts among different nations. 

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  • 28.
    Axdorph, Johan
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Hummel2019Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 29.
    Bejdén, Malin
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Digital loggbok under apl: ett verktyg för elevens lärande?2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 30.
    Bengtsson, Nilla
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Gymnasiearbetet: Handleder yrkeslärarna eleverna?2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 31.
    Berg, Lars-Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR).
    Förskolebarnet: lek, språk och identitet2020 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Boken redovisar en systematisk grund för filosofen och sociologen G. H. Meads identitetspsykologi som komplement till utvecklings­psykologin. Fokus ligger på 1) en övergripande analys av hur den personliga identiteten skapas och formas, 2) lekens centrala roll i den processen, och 3) dess följeslagare språket, som i början av livet har just karaktären av lek. Förskolan är ett drivhus för dessa processer, som alla tre i dag är mer aktuella än någonsin.

    Boken lämpar sig för alla som med intresse ägnar sig åt förskole­barns utveckling, i första hand förskollärarutbildning.

  • 32.
    Berg Marklund, Björn
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Det spelande klassrummet: möjligheter och dolda utmaningar2022In: Digitala didaktiska dilemman / [ed] Sofia Lundmark; Janne Kontio, Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2022, p. 113-140Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Berg Marklund, Björn
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Romin, Rebecca
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Bad Game, Good Learning: Examining the Contradictions of Digital Game-Based Learning2020In: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Game Based Learning: A Virtual Conference hosted by The University of Brighton / [ed] Panagiotis Fotaris, Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2020, p. 67-76Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims to explore some of the inherent dichotomies between games and learning. This is not referring to the already thoroughly discussed challenge of merging learning content into appealing and engaging game design, but rather to a more fundamental question whether games, as a medium and as technological objects, are well suited to convey learning content. In order to anchor this discussion in something more concrete, the paper will describe a project in which a learning game was created, and describe some of the main development and design challenges encountered during the project. These challenges revealed a necessity of often going in directions directly opposed to what is considered to be good game design principles, as well as limitations in what type of messages the medium of digital games can efficiently convey. For example, clear goals and progression, feedback on actions, providing players with clear information, and empowering player agency, while often suitable in creating good games, are not suitable when representing complex issues in educational games. Based on these insights, the paper concludes with a broader discussion regarding the validity of some core tenets of game-based learning, and calls for a less instrument-focused and game-oriented way of creating and discussing games’ relationship to learning and education.

  • 34.
    Berg Marklund, Björn
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Rouse, Rebecca
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Holloway-Attaway, Lissa
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Contextualizing Game Literacy: A transhistorical approach to understanding Game-Based Learning environments2020In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games: FDG 2020 / [ed] Georgios N. Yannakakis, Antonios Liapis, Penny Kyburz, Vanessa Volz, Foaad Khosmood, Phil Lopes, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2020, article id 108Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The nature of ‘reading’ different types of texts, across all media, is fundamentally beholden to the concept of ‘literacy’. The concept of literacy is well established in media studies – from books, to film, and visual, performing and interactive arts – and as such it has a wide range of applicability. All forms of media constitute a semiotic milieu in which signifiers and codes mean different things depending on the form’s unique language and the contexts and manner in which individual participants, or “readers”, approach them. In the field of digital games research, literacy is commonly defined as a narrower concept that refers to the ability to identify affordances and interact with game components with a high degree of confidence. This focus on capability is understandable to a degree: the unique aspect of games as a medium is often considered to specifically be its interactability, and thus being able to interact becomes synonymous with being ‘game literate’. In this paper, however, we will both describe how literacy in games would benefit from a more nuanced, transhistorical view of interactability, as well as provide examples from many kinds of media beyond games to demonstrate that interaction literacy is neither novel nor unique to the medium of games. Understanding this rich history would provide a broader foundation of referential literature for game scholars to use when discussing the concept of game literacy and the interactability of media in general.

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  • 35.
    Bergengren, Anna
    et al.
    Platåbergens geopark.
    Hultman, Sofia
    Platåbergens geopark.
    Vipsjö, Lars
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment.
    Trollberg: Äventyret på Billingen2019Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    En geopark är ett område med geologi av internationell betydelse – alltså något som är unikt i världen. Inom geoparken arbetar vi aktivt för att sprida kunskap om geologi och sambanden mellan geologi, biologi och kulturhistoria till barn och unga. Platåbergens Geopark är ett samverkansprojekt mellan de nio kommunerna Trollhättan, Vänersborg, Grästorp, Lidköping, Skara, Götene, Mariestad, Skövde och Falköping. Grästorps kommun är projektägare. Under hösten 2019 lämnas en ansökan in till Unesco, om att bli en Unesco Global Geopark. Serietidningen Trollberg är ett samarbete mellan Platåbergens Geopark och projektet KASTiS – Kulturarv och spelteknologi i Skaraborg. KASTiS finansieras av Skaraborgs kommunalförbund och Högskolan i Skövde. Med den här serietidningen vill vi skapa nyfikenhet kring geologi och särskilt då för platser som finns inom Platåbergens Geopark. Efter att du läst serietidningen kan du be en vuxen ladda ner Platåbergens Geoparks app och sedan kan ni bege er ut tillsammans på upptäcksfärd och besöka de olika platserna. Är du redo att upptäcka platåbergslandskapet?

  • 36.
    Berglund, Mia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Gillsjö, Catharina
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Reflekterande KRAFT-givande samtal i vården av äldre som lever med långvarig smärta i hemmet2015In: Ä. Riksföreningen för Sjuksköterskan inom äldrevård, ISSN 2001-1164, no 1, p. 14-16Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Reflekterande KRAFT-givande samtal är en metod utvecklad för att användas som ett verktyg i vården. Syftet är att stärka människors hälsa och välbefinnande samt den egna förmågan att bemästra sin situation på ett sätt som ger glädje och mening i livet. För den äldre kan det innebära en möjlighet att kunna bo kvar längre i det egna hemmet. Metoden har utvecklats utifrån resultaten av två avhandlingar, en om hemmets betydelse och att leva med långvarig smärta samt en om lärande vid långvarig sjukdom.

  • 37.
    Berndtsson, Inger
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. Department of Education, Special Needs Education Unit, Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    The complexity of learning to use a long cane2006In: Proceedings CD, 12th International Mobility Conference: Orientation and Mobility in an Inclusive Society, 2006, p. 1-7Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Bernhard, Iréne
    et al.
    University West, Sweden.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, Sweden.
    Gellerstedt, Martin
    University West, Sweden.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, Sweden.
    Collaboration Model for Work-Integrated Learning in Higher Education 3rd Cycle2018In: INTED2018 Proceedings / [ed] L Gómez Chova; A López Martínez; I Candel Torres, IATED Academy , 2018, p. 5509-5515Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Universities need to constantly accommodate new forms of collaboration with society. Interaction with and impacts on society and practice are of crucial importance. University West (UW) in Sweden has a profile area in work-integrated learning (WIL), which generally aims to address issues on integrating theory and practice in a coherent and sustainable way. In this paper we base our arguments on a research education (3rd cycle) in informatics with specialization in work-integrated learning. The aim with the paper is to evaluate UW’s research education and research environment from a WIL perspective. We will adopt an informing science model in order to conduct a current state analysis, in which we identify and visualize collaboration activities within and between the research education/environment and the UWs key stakeholders; society/practices, research community and PhD students. Concrete implications show how collaboration and informing flows are connected and how they can be improved. General reflections are given on the model as a useful means for quality development and assurance beyond learning outcomes, including aspects of collaboration and interaction that can be regarded as paths of societal and practical impacts.

  • 39.
    Bernhardsson, Lennarth
    et al.
    University West, Sweden.
    Gellerstedt, Martin
    University West, Sweden.
    Winman, Thomas
    University West, Sweden.
    Work-integrated-learning: So what?: A framework for describing the level of integration between work and learning2017In: ICERI2017 Proceedings / [ed] L Gómez Chova; A López Martínez; I Candel Torres, IATED Academy , 2017, p. 443-451Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The knowledge society of today is characterized by a continuously ongoing technological development and digitalization that steadily calls for new competencies and transforms existing professions. For being able to provide up-to-date competence in a fast-changing labor market there is, perhaps more than ever, a need for extensive cooperation between Universities and surrounding society. A number of different models supporting the civic university has been established, e.g. “entrepreneurial university”, the triple-helix model and the increasingly popular adoption of “work-integrated learning” (WIL). 

    Work-integrated learning offer students authentic learning experiences and create synergy between theory and practice, e.g. by cooperative educational programs, internship, sandwich programs and case based teaching. Beyond the pedagogical benefits with experiential learning, WIL also supports the transfer between higher education and work, i.e. increases readiness, employability and also encourage a more agentic engagement. Furthermore, research results show that WIL-students have career benefits regarding salary in early career and job advancement. Even though, WIL and similar strategies for combining theory and practice seems to have promising pedagogical and career advantages, the theoretical underpinning is still underdeveloped. For instance, the methodology for how learning is promoted and which role external partners could play is vague. 

    At University West with more than 25 years’ experience of WIL a holistic approach to WIL have been adopted and WIL permeates all the Universities activities: education, research and extensive collaboration with the surrounding society. Over the years our efforts have been formalized and a taxonomy for will-activities have been developed. In sum, we know that WIL have promising potential, and we know what to do. But, in a recently performed study at this University, based on focus groups interviews and consolidation of our experiences we identified that even if the question “what?” is responded to, there is an important sub-question to be addressed, namely: “so what?”. When adopting different WIL activities, both small and large scale activities, e.g. a guest lecture or an internship, it is reasonable to reflect on whether these activities are used in an optimal way? What kind of impact does the WIL-activity imply? What could be achieved by successful integration between theory and practice? Could it be visualized?

    Inspired by models used for integrating technique in education (RAT, SAMR and TPCK-models), we have developed a framework for the progression of work-integrated learning in education. The framework is in a sense a model for “Wil-value”. This framework could be used on different levels and in different context: in a single course, educational program, in research projects, cooperation with surrounding society, mentorship and on partner workplaces.

  • 40.
    Bjurén, Annie
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Hallner, Björn
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Hållbar utveckling i ämnet biologi: En kvalitativ studie om hur grundskolelärare i årskurs 4-6 arbetar med hållbar utveckling.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is based on teacher’s interpretation of sustainable development in biology. The aim is to examine the grounds on which teachers choose methods and subject content. The teachers who were interviewed operate in grades 4-6. The interviews are semi-structured, which means that the themes were ordinated on a given interview guide, the questions are not posed by any predetermined order. The teachers who are included in the study are competent in biology, and the selection process is based on a convenience sample. The teachers got as advance information the purpose of the study. The results of the study show three different types of teachers with different approaches to sustainable development. The three approaches are: Sustainable development in everyday life, sustainable development from a global perspective as well as attitudes and values of sustainable development. Another category was added after further work with the results and that is the common part, it appears that discussion, awareness and the current debate on sustainable development are key components. The discussion highlights including how sustainable development involves the community and the teachers in the study adopts an educational approach to the area. The discussion also reveals the abilities that are important in the process of sustainable development. The study shows that the teachers provide and enable knowledge as a tool for students to have necessary skills to function in society for sustainable development. It is knowledge of pupils' individual ability to function in society in our common reference framework. Students practice and develop their ability to understand the consequences of different choices and lifestyles.

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  • 41.
    Björserud, Elin
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Lärares uppfattningar av individanpassad undervisning2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    According to the curriculum (Lgr11) and Education Act (SFS 2010:800) is the teacher's assignment to individualize their education. These policy documents are clearer about the individualized education than previous policy documents have been. My experience was that this wasn´t done fully as it should. With this as background, I wanted to investigate teachers' understanding of individualized education. This made my purpose to examine and study the teachers' different conceptions of individualized education. This, I chose to do through a qualitative approach to interview data collection techniques. The study was based on phenomenography. The study has four active teachers interviewed. The results showed two different conceptions of individualized education: Individually tailored teaching as a general principles of teaching and individualized education as a utopia. What became clear in the results is that the category Individually tailored teaching as a general principle of teaching is the category most frequently occurring in the empirical material. The teachers expressed that they use a lot of individualized education as a general principle of teaching. Before the study, I assumed that teachers in the greater would see the personalized education as a utopia, as something they wanted to work with, but felt they had time, resources or opportunities. When analyzing the relationship between the different positions, was it clear that the category Individually tailored teaching as a general principle of teaching can be seen in a student perspective as more developed than the category Individually tailored teaching as a utopia.

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  • 42.
    Bohné, Ulrica
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment.
    Svensson, Lotten
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment.
    Brolin, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment.
    Support- och diskussionsgrupper, en arbetsform som stödjer den sociala lärmiljön i distanskurser2023In: Bidrag från den 9:e utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar / [ed] Joel Midemalm; Amir Vadiee; Elisabeth Uhlemann; Fredrik Georgsson; Gunilla Carlsson-Kvarnlöf; Jonas Månsson; Kristina Edström; Lennart Pettersson; Pedher Johansson, Västerås: Mälardalens universitet, 2023, p. 205-210Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    En pedagogisk fråga vid distansutbildning är hur relationellt lärande och social lärmiljö kan främjas. Då interaktion ser annorlunda ut än vid campusutbildning och när resurser för lärartid är begränsat till ett minimum blir detta en reell utmaning att adressera. Relationellt lärande och social lärmiljö är betydelsefulla aspekter för att stödja studentens kunskapsutveckling i högre utbildning, och kan beskrivas som ett pedagogiskt synsätt där relationer står i centrum. Dels med avseende på den pedagogiska relationen mellan lärare och student, men även andra relationer såsom mellan student-student eller student-grupp ses som centrala. Inför den nystartade distanskursen Hållbar produktutveckling, inriktning Design Thinking introducerades arbetsformen Support- och diskussionsgrupper med syfte att stödja den sociala lärmiljön på distans. Studenterna fick då möjlighet att gruppvis träffavarandra via ett digitalt verktyg för att både diskutera aktuella frågeställningar i kursen, samt att vara ett stöd för varandra under kursens gång. Arbetsformen visadesig gynna studenternas kunskapsutveckling och gav goda resultat i kursvärderingen. Genom att förstå de grundläggande faktorer som främjar kunskapsutveckling, däribland den sociala lärmiljön, och hur vi kan forma den när den inte uppstår naturligt såsom i distanskurser, kan vi skapa gynnsamma förutsättningar för studenternas kunskapsutveckling och det livslånga lärandet.

  • 43.
    Brandt Heedman, Ulrik
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Leijon, Erika
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    "Det är dubbelt så kul som svenska och alla andra ämnen": Elevers förhållningssätt till matematikundervisning i relation till läroplanen2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the autumn of 2011 the Swedish Government decided to make an investment in mathematics in schools, due to declining student performance, as seen from an international perspective. The investment focused on, for example, more hours of instruction in class, and competence development for teachers. With this investment in mind, we have chosen to study the question of why pupil performance becomes worse, from the pupils' perspective. For example, do they find the teaching of mathematics meaningful?

    The study aims to explore the attitudes of pupils in fourth grade towards mathematics teaching and its relevance in their daily lives. Furthermore, the study aims to compare these attitudes with the mission expressed regarding the subject of mathematics and mathematics teaching in the curriculum. Because of the new curriculum, we have chosen to compare the aim of mathematics teaching with the pupils’ responses. The data collection was done through group interviews and the analysis was done using qualitative content analysis. To support our analysis we have used three concepts: perceptions, experience and meaningfulness.

    The result shows that pupils perceive mathematics as something very positive. They can also see meaningfulness in mathematics, but mostly as a knowledge that will be used in the future. The pupils get experience in mathematics through their own work in a book, or through work in pairs. The result also shows that pupils' perceptions highly correspond with the aims of the mathematics teaching in the curriculum. Finally, we discuss the result supported by our theoretical concepts. For example, we discuss why the pupils' positive view of mathematics changes during the time they go to school. We also discuss how students come to the conclusion that mathematics is important in the future.

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  • 44.
    Bylander, Sofia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Gradh, Sofia
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    ”Jag behöver inte lite mer hjälp”: Förskollärares intentioner och agerande i bemötandet av barn i tamburen ur genusperspektiv2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Preschool, as an institution, has a big responsibility to counteract traditional gender role behavior. According to preschools curriculum, Lpfö 98/2010, girls and boys are suppose to always have the same opportunities and preschool is not allowed to have a stereotyped view of gender role when treating children. This study is interesting because it illustrates intentions and actions when children and preschool teachers interact in the hallway. The purpose of this study was to research about preschool teacher’s intentions and actions when in treatment with boys and girls in the hallway, through a gender perspective. The following questions were tied to this study: Which intentions do preschool teachers have regarding interplay with children? What kind of actions can be distinguished in the interplay between preschool teachers and boys or girls?

    This is a qualitative study. We made video observations to get an understanding of how preschool teachers interact and treat boys and girls in the hallway. Then we interviewed preschool teachers, one at a time, to find out their intentions and expectations regarding the situation in the hallway and the interaction with boys and girls, among other things. The result of this study shows than differences regarding interactions and treatment with boys and girls is not apparent. The result rather shows that aspects like – To develop independence, individual ability, individual care, verbal and nonverbal communication and also bringing up the child as an individual is of importance when looking at how interaction and treatment is expressed in the hallway. How these aspects affect the situation in the hallway and what kind of conditions and possibilities the children gets is reflected by us in the discussion of the result.

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    Bylow, Helene
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Utbildningsmetoder i hjärt-lungräddning och upplevelser i mötet med hjärt-lungräddningens praktik2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose statement is which the most effective educational method is for cardiopulmonary resuscitation; instructor-led versus film-based and what happens in the gap between education and an event of cardiac arrest in society. The aim was to investigate knowledge of which educational method contributes to the intended skills, ability to act and willingness to start a life-saving action. The aim was also to increase understanding by identifying tension fields of experiences in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation practice.

    The study is highlighted by a learning theory influenced by pragmatism and philosopher Dewey, as well as a holistic hermeneutical perspective through the philosopher Gadamer. A combined design with quantitative and qualitative method has been used. Data collection has been done through surveys, quality measurements on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and interviews. A critical hermeneutic according to Ricoeur has supported interpretation of data.

    The quantitative result shows no significant difference in total points of theoretical knowledge, ability to act or willingness to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation between the education methods. A significant difference (p<0.05) has been demonstrated for practical knowledge, where the film-based education showed higher total score than the instructor-led education over time. The result of the qualitative interpretation has identified five overall tension fields in both experiencing and lacking experience, 1) knowledge of, skills in and understanding of, 2) learning, 3) ability to act, 4) responsibility and humanity, 5) and willingness to start a life-saving effort in cardiopulmonary resuscitation practice. The result contributes to increased knowledge of cardiovascular rescue practice, valuable for future education and further research.

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    Bystedt, Kenneth
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Simma mot vågorna: Vilka uppfattningar om och erfarenheter av momentet simning bär nyanlända elever med sig i mötet med det svenska skolsystemet?2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    "Man is the only creature that in some interesting and developed sense educate their offspring." (Säljö, 2015, p. 11). From an existential point of view, the question why is easy to answer. Human beings´ survival in the present and their offspring's life chances and survival in the future increases by education. In Sweden, the ability to swim and knowledge about swimming have been given a great cultural value both in primary socialization (education by the family, relatives and friends) as well as in secondary socialization (curriculum-driven education in school).In more recent years, many people have migrated to Sweden, to escape war and persecution in their home countries. In school, it becomes evident that many children and adolescents who have recently migrated to Sweden cannot swim. In the learning outcomes for grade 6 and grade 9 in physical education, it states clearly that: "Students can also swim 200 meters with 50 meters in the supine position" (Skolverket, 2011, pp. 51-54). The student must be able to fulfil this requirement in order to at least achieve the grade E in physical education. An important issue is then to understand the kinds of experiences with swimming and more in general their confidence with water that these children and adolescents carry from their countries of origin. The aim of this study is to develop teachers professional skills by gaining knowledge and understanding of young migrants prior understanding of swimming and what adjustments need to be made for students to meet proficiency requirements to fulfil the learning outcomes concerning swimming in the Swedish school system for year 6 and year 9.Undertaken was a mixed design study were initially a explorative survey of perceptions and experiences in swimming and later follow-up qualitative research interviews with newly migrated adolescents, aged 12-16 years. Finally, qualitative research interviews were conducted with expert adults working in Swedish schools and sharing the migrants´ cultural background. Qualitative data was analysed using a categorical content analysis. The statistical data from the survey was triangulated against the adolescent informants´ and the adult informants´ stories. The results show lack of aquatic experience both in primary and secondary socialization; a pronounced effect of socio-economic status; tradition combined with religious traits can also be inhibiting factors for swimming ability, especially by gender. Results are important for teachers educating migrants in physical education and adapting learning situations. 

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    Carlbo, Elisabeth
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Erhållen kompetens i utveckling: Gymnasieelevers uppfattningar av kompetens för arbete i pedagogisk verksamhet efter Barn – och fritidsprogrammet2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Carlsson, Ingvor
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Dockan i förskolans praktik skapar kommunikativa värden för barn igenom delaktighet och inflytande2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study's purpose was to investigate the knowledge that helped to develop the ability to analyze the doll performance, however, use both as tools and as aids in the social practice and further develop the commitment to children's learning. The research questions guided the study: - What communicative values, the use of dolls in the preschool educational activities? - What communication challenges and cultural situations, reveals the use of the dock in kindergarten when the children were offered participation and influence?

     

    The use of the doll created an opportunity to develop communication and interaction with the children, doll and educators in early childhood education. This ethnographic field study consisted of data collection of video recordings, photos and interviews with educators. The data was analyzed in relation to the study objectives and research questions. The results showed that the communication with the doll in activities and interaction situations developed in pace with a change in the educators' focus. This was made visible to teachers in their performance with the doll as mediating tools which afforded the children to communicate and encouraged participation. Thereby, the children developed the ability to take initiative when they trained their communication skills together with the doll. The children's awareness of language and vocabulary was shown in the use of language. It was made visible in the children's identity development as emotional actions and thoughts used in everyday situations, both with the educators and their own dolls which clearly affected the children who did not previously communicate to a great extent. Furthermore, the analysis showed that the children have a greater opportunity to speak in groups and common activities. The use of the doll had through various interactive situations strengthened their linguistic ability. The doll on the preschool created a pleasurable learning and thus gained a communicative value.

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    Carlsson, Samuel
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Ett flippat klassrum: från ett yrkeslärarperspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to investigate how vocational teachers who teach industrial engineering education reflect around, flipped classroom as a teaching method. The method used in the study has been qualitative and three vocational teachers have been interviewed. Previous research on flipped classrooms and different learning styles forms the basis for the analysis.The result showed that flipped classrooms have many positive effects for both teachers and students. For many students, learning time is many times less compared with traditional teaching. Many teachers mix traditional classroom with flipped classroom and the variation allows students to learn new things more easily.My conclusion was that flipped classrooms are a popular teaching method of both teachers and students, but it is time-consuming for the teachers at the beginning and that there will be a change for the students who are expected to be more prepared before a lesson starts. The teacher and the students working with flipped classrooms must more or less be technically motivated for the model to work.

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    Carlén, Anne-Sofie
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    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Alexandersson, Marina
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Utveckling eller förveckling?: En interaktiv studie om en förändringsprocess på en gymnasieskola2008Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Our interest for the study was an outcome from our mutual discussions about teachers every day work related to schools leadership and organisations. Therefore we found a developing project from traditional teaching to theme based team work teaching in an upper secondary school interesting for our study. The main purpose of our study was to examine and understand teachers experiances of the change from traditional teaching to theme based teaching. The purpose is also to be a part in the teachers’ team work evaluation.

    The empirical approach was hermeneutic and the chosen method was action research. As method to collect the empirical material we used reflective interviews that gave us the opportunity to be flexible during the interviews. During the process we reflected over different parts that appeared and how they interact as a totality. When we looked for former research we found that Blossing (2000) establishes that school culture and head of schools are of great importance for the outcome of developing work.

    From the result we can understand that there are several different factors that affect the teachers in a developing work. Their individual personalities and experiences affect their attitude towards the process of change and the containment of the same. The teachers need time for reflection and they find that they have not got enough time for planning the teaching in the theme based team work. Our conclusion is that the head of school has an important role in leading, creating structure and being attentive to the teachers needs.

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