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"Utan bok är det ingen riktig undervisning": En studie av skolkulturella referensramar i sfi
Stockholm University, The Stockholm Institute of Education, Department of Curriculum Studies and Communication .
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
"Without book there is no real teaching" : A study of school cultural frames of reference in sfi (English)
Abstract [en]

Experiences of teachers in SFI, Swedish for (adult) Immigrants, indicate that during their schooling earlier in life, SFI students have developed skills, abilities, values, ideas and expectations about teaching and learning that differ somewhat from the prevailing communicative oriented theory of second language teaching which is emphasized in SFI. In the thesis these aspects are referred to as different school cultural frames of reference.

The aim of the thesis is to generate knowledge about SFI-students’ school cultural frames of reference of relevance for SFI teaching. The considerable number of immigrants from Iraqi Kurdistan during the 1990s has led to an empirical focus related to this geographical area.

From a critical perspective, in some respects a research interest of this kind can be seen as contributing to a division between ‘us’ and ‘them’, in a wider sense a part of exclusion and a maintenance of the segregated Swedish society. In a special section is given an account of this research ethic question, together with arguments from intercultural pedagogy that support a focus on school cultural frames of reference.

The theoretical platform for the thesis is sociocultural theory. The concepts of social representations, pedagogical code, classification, framing, power distance, diaspora and distinctions of knowledge also are used.

The thesis is based on two data materials. The first consists of data from interviews and talks with students and teachers in SFI, all from Iraqi Kurdistan. The second consists of data gathered through observations, classroom observations, interviews and talks during two visits in the KDP-administrated region of Iraqi Kurdistan, each visit being for a period of about one month. This data material also includes text materials, mainly textbooks in EFL for grade five and six, and course books about EFL teaching used in teacher education.

The thesis illuminates several aspects that provide an understanding as to why SFI students from Iraqi Kurdistan can have certain abilities, values, ideas and expectations about teaching, learning materials, learning, teacher and student roles that differ from the communicative oriented second language teaching emphasized in SFI. However, results from the study also underline the importance of a ‘weak’ use of this understanding in a SFI teaching context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: HLS Förlag, 2007. , 318 p.
Series
Studies in educational sciences, ISSN 1400-478X ; 102
Keyword [en]
school cultural frames of reference, Iraqi Kurdistan, SFI, EFL, second language teaching, communicative oriented teaching, social representations, pedagogical code, classification, framing, power distance, knowledge, abilities, learning, diaspora, abduction, intercultural pedagogy
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7113ISBN: 978-91-7656-641-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7113DiVA: diva2:197675
Public defence
2007-11-02, Dahlströmsalen, Lärarhögskolan, hus D, Rålambsvägen 26 D, Stockholm, 10:00
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Available from: 2007-10-11 Created: 2007-10-09 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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