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  • 1.
    Aadalen, Sandra
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Anpassning och differentiering av undervisning i ett klassrum för alla: Strategier för anpassning av undervisning i teori och praktik och dess effekter på elevers delaktighet2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims to investigate if and how instruction is adjusted or differentiated based on the conception that learners are diverse and how teacher practices are connected to contemporary research in the field. It further examines whether specific adjustments are connected to a higher rate of student participation.

    The method of the essay is an observation survey with a phenomenological approach. It includes the practices of 30 different teachers during thirty lessons at an upper secondary school in Sweden, where the majority of the students are diagnosed within the neuropsychiatric spectra. The outcome was quantitatively analyzed in SPSS.

    The study indicates that the connection between specific adjustments and student participation is a complex issue affected by several aspects and preconditions. It appears that teachers use certain forms of adjustments at a higher rate while some are less salient in instruction. More frequently used adjustments are; praise, providing alternatives for perception, activating previous knowledge and highlighting critical features. Less frequent are differentiation of tasks, visible agendas, formative feedback, collaborative peer-learning and self-assessment.

    This essay will furthermore be a basis for collaborative learning among the staff since a deeper knowledge of how instruction can be adjusted and differentiated will impact the outcome of student learning.

     

  • 2.
    Aas, Marit
    et al.
    Oslo universitet.
    Blom, Thomas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Benchlearning as professional development of school leaders in Norway and Sweden2018In: Professional Development in Education, ISSN 1941-5257, E-ISSN 1941-5265, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 62-75Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we investigate a new national collaborative Benchlearning program for principals in Norway and Sweden. Four process leaders have been running the program. The aim is to give the participants the knowledge to develop a leadership practice and school environment that are more innovative. The program includes theoretical inputs, sharing experiences, school visits, training, and trialing of new leadership practices. Drawing on data from surveys, participants’ reflections, and the leaders’ descriptions of new leadership practice, we examine and identify successful and critical aspects of the learning process. The findings show that principals’ motivation and willingness to start change processes can be created in a synergy between structured school visits, work in learning groups, and a theoretical foundation. Working in groups across schools in two countries seems to enhance principals’ sense of efficacy, which in turn is shown to have a positive effect on their willingness to trial new practices. Two implications of the study are suggested. First, in the design of principal programs, systematic and critical reflection about authentic practice should be the basis. Second, educators should be trained to be process leaders who can support principals’ learning during a critical and social construction of a new practice.

  • 3.
    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)
  • 4.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Book review: Education, Social Progress, and Marginalized Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: Historical Antecedents and Contemporary Challenges2018Other (Other academic)
  • 5.
    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

  • 6.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Failed grades, schools, families and neighborhoods: Swedish Immigrant pupils’ reflections on their reality2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    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

  • 8.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    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.

  • 9.
    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

  • 10.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    "Re-inventing" Freire for the 21:st Century2013In: KAPET, ISSN 1653-4743, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 8-17Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    The Neoliberal New Public Management influence on the Swedish Higher Education2017In: Kapet (elektronisk), E-ISSN 2002-3979, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 45-58Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study is about neoliberal New Public Management (NPM) entry into the Swedish higher education institutions, its effects and the possible alternatives to it. Academic articles, policy documents and government reports are used for the study. The results of the study show in the Swedish higher education institutions, NPM market characters such as efficiency, competition, quality control, customer satisfaction and manpower training for the labour market are emphasised. Easily measurable knowledge is 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, and staff are under pressure to follow instructions instead of exercising their academic freedom. Based on these findings I will argue against these trends and emphasise on the importance of all partners in higher education to review the present condition to facilitate the possibility of keeping higher education as public autonomous institutions, academic freedom intact, 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.

  • 12.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Vägen från antagonism till agonism i Sydafrika, utbildningsreformer och läroplaner efter apartheid2014Other (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    What are the aims of the lessons on role models?: Teachers and pupils’ understanding of the theme in South African comprehensive school classes.2015In: Online Educational Research Journal, ISSN 2044-0294, E-ISSN 2044-0294, Online Educational Research Journal, ISSN 2044-0294, Vol. 5, no 5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Role models was one of the themes for lessons in the Foundation Phase in the South African Revised National Curriculum Statement of 2002 (RNCS; Department of Education, 2002). The focus of the article is to discuss how teachers understood, interpreted and presented the theme to their pupils and how their pupils responded to it. The study is based on policy texts, observation of lessons and textbooks. Foucault’s concepts of normalisation and normalising judgment and Connell’s concepts of masculinity and sex roles are used to analyse results. The results of the study show similarities and differences in understanding and preferences of role models by teachers and pupils. While teachers emphasised officially known people as role models, some pupils considered family members and other people in their neighbourhood.Mandela was a favoured role model in most classes. Even if the theme of the lessons was role models, I argue that the covert agenda is normalising pupils to the existing dominant social norms of the society.

     

     

  • 14.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Barksdale, Mary Alice
    Virginia Tech.
    Literacy and Democracy in South African Primary Schools2018 (ed. 1)Book (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    von Brömssen, Kerstin
    Högskolan Väst.
    Internationalisation in teacher education: student teachers’ reflections on experiences from a field study in South Africa2018In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, ISSN 2000-4508, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Internationalisation of higher education and teacher education has been a key issue since the 1990s and many universities still attempt to increase student mobility ever since. Much research has been done on the topic of internationalisation and higher education, including teacher education trying to show how a certain programme impacts on students’ learning, especially intercultural learning when it comes to programmes in teacher education. These studies are often directed towards programmes that last several months or a whole year. The focus of this study is rather to explore if and in what way experiences in a two-week field study can contribute to a student teacher’s intercultural learning and professional development. The findings of the research show that even a short field study has an important impact on the individual student teacher’s understanding of themselves and on awareness of teachers’ living and working conditions in a different culture like South Africa.

  • 16.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    von Brömssen, Kerstin
    Learning through short field studies, Swedish students voice on field studies in schools in South Africa.2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    The focus of this study is to explore in what way a short term field study can contribute to teacher students intercultural learning and professional development. The role that firsthand experience plays in culture learning has invariably been discussed to be a critical part in intercultural learning (Quezada 2012, 8). The empirical material for the study consists of interviews before, during and after a two week field study conducted with six Swedish teacher students in South Africa. Observations during the field visits were also part of the used methods. The students specifically reflects on the observed language barriers for children who are attending education with other languages than their mother tongue, strong discipline in classrooms and resource differences between schools. According to the students diversity in the culture and seeing pupils with diverse backgrounds in the same context will be helpful for their future carriers. They believe in particular that the field study experience will help them to meet pupils with diverse backgrounds in their own school classes. They also believe the field study helped them to gain an understanding of the Swedish education system in comparison to others. Thus, we argue that a short term field study can contribute to intercultural learning and professional development, although findings also suggest that the tutoring in the field plays a crucial role.

  • 17.
    Abraham, Getahun Yacob
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Wikan, Gerd
    Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Norway.
    Postcolonial perspective, indigenous knowledge and critical theories for transforming universities and societies in Southern/Africa2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This conference paper will address some problems facing Southern/African universities. Instead of detailed discussion of general problems facing universities in Southern/Africa, it will focus on universities relation to their funding partners such as the state and external donors, as well as their role as higher education institution in terms of teaching, research and the outreach/community services program. We believe postcolonial investigation into higher education helps universities to look into their past and its impact on their present. Through researching indigenous knowledge systems, they can find out about locally developed knowledge that they can integrate into their educational curricula. Concepts from critical theories could be used to analyse universities relations to their funders, their teaching-learning process, their research and their outreach to their communities. Specifically, through using critical pedagogic approach, they can prepare their students to critically view the reality of their societies, to find out their needs and to participate in the process of their transformation. On the base of these perspectives, hopefully universities could address the problems of inequalities caused by class, gender, ethnicity and race.

     

     

    KEYWORDS: Postcolonial perspective, indigenous knowledge, critical theories, transformation, universities, societies, Southern/Africa.

  • 18.
    Adamson, Frank
    et al.
    Stanford University.
    Åstrand, BjörnKarlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.Darling-Hammond, LindaStanford University.
    Global education reform: How privatization and public investment influence education outcomes2016Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Adler, Camilla
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Från forskningsresultat om god undervisning till lärarens praktik: En kvantitativ studie om lärares uppfattning av god undervisning.2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka lärares uppfattning om gynnsamma faktorer för elevers kunskapsutveckling med särskild tonvikt vid formativ bedömning och processer av skolutveckling som behöver initieras inom verksamheten.

    Undersökningens resultat kan utgöra grund för ett arbete på skolor där man önskar sträva efter att stärka lärares insikter och medvetenhet om det forskningen pekar ut som faktorer för framgångsrik undervisning.

    Undersökningen har genomförts som en kvantitativ enkätundersökning med lärarpersonalen på tre grundskolor i en och samma kommun i Västra Götaland. Enkäten undersöker lärares åsikter om faktorer som är viktiga för framgångsrik undervisning, samt hur samma lärare beskriver sin egen undervisning i förhållande till dessa faktorer.

    Undersökningen visar att det finns en stor samstämmighet mellan faktorer som utpekats som viktiga för elevers kunskapsutveckling och de beskrivningar som anges kännetecknande för den egna undervisningen i de allra flesta fall. Samstämmigheten är köns-, stadie-  och åldersöverskridande. De tre faktorer som lärargrupperna anser har mest betydelse för elevernas kunskapsutveckling är att ge feedback som har fokus på möjliga förbättringar, att undervisningen har ett tydligt syfte, samt att regelbundet följa upp att eleverna förstår innehållet.

    På ett område gäller inte samstämmigheten inom lärarkollektivet. Undersökningen visar en markant skillnad mellan lärare med få år i yrket respektive många år i yrket när det gäller beskrivningen av hur man använder sig av formativ bedömning i det egna undervisningsarbetet. Lärare med mer än 15 år i yrket anger i hög utsträckning att man använder sig av formativ bedömning, medan lärare med färre år i yrket i liten utsträckning anger detta.

  • 20.
    Adolfi, Maria
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Lekens betydelse för lärandet av matematik i förskolan: Pedagogers syn på vilken betydelse lek har för barns tidiga matematiska utveckling2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine how five teachers in a selected preschool work with play and mathematics. Also, this study examines how teachers believe that preschool affects children's mathematical learning today and in the future. The methods I have used are relevant research and literature on the subject. I have made qualitative interviews with five teachers. The study shows that the teachers think play is important for children when it comes to learn   mathematics, and they also think mathematics is everywhere in children’s play. All teachers believe that it is important that children get a basic ground for mathematical thinking in preschool, so it becomes a habit and a natural thing for them. It is also important that they get the basic concepts with them before they start elementary school. Many of the teachers mention that they want their children to look upon mathematics as something fun and exciting.

  • 21.
    Adolfsson, Robin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Attityd till socker: En kvantitativ studie om förskolepersonals och vårdnadshavares attityder till socker i förskolan2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien var att undersöka vårdnadshavares och förskolepersonals syn på socker i förskolan. I studien användes en enkätundersökning som riktade sig till vårdnadshavare med barn i förskola och förskolepersonal. Respondenterna nåddes genom Facebook-grupper. I studien deltog 372 deltagare, 173 av respondenterna var vårdnadshavare till barn i förskola och 199 var förskolepersonal. Resultaten från enkäten ämnad för vårdnadshavare visade att de hade en generellt neutral till negativ attityd till socker. Vårdnadshavare tyckte att humöret hos deras barn var det som påverkades mest efter sockerintag, dock märkte 28 % ingen större skillnad hos deras barn.  Resultaten visade att förskolepersonal generellt hade en negativ till neutral attityd till socker i förskolan. Förskolepersonalen tyckte att barnens energi var det som påverkades mest efter intag av socker. Trenden enligt de som arbetar i förskolan är att sockerkonsumtionen i förskolor är nedåtgående och många beskrev sin egen förskola som sockerfri. 

  • 22.
    af Kleen, Suzanne
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    ”Det kan inte vila på mig att klara allting själv” Några elevers erfarenheter av att använda alternativa verktyg i sitt lärande: Några elevers erfarenheter av att använda alternativa verktyg i sitt lärande2015Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att bidra med en fördjupad förståelse för erfarenheter av att använda alternativa verktyg hos elever med dyslexi. Studien som är en kvalitativ undersökning bygger på intervjuer av tre elever. Utifrån deras berättade erfarenheter har berättelser skapats. De har sedan analyserats med utgångspunkt i den sociokulturella teorin och resultatet har avslutningsvis diskuterats i relation till tidigare forskning.

    Resultatet av studien visar att elever, med hjälp av alternativa verktyg, artefakter, kan klara av det som ligger utanför deras förmåga. Verktygen används när eleverna behöver stöd i sitt lärande när det gäller att läsa och skriva. För att kunna använda verktygen på bästa sätt är både eleverna och lärarna i behov av handledning och tid för implementering.

    Elevens självbild spelar stor roll för deras villighet att använda alternativa verktyg. Eleverna menar att det skulle kännas bättre att använda verktygen om lärarna informerar alla elever i klassen om dyslexi och hur de alternativa verktygen kan stödja elever med funktionsnedsättning i deras lärande.

    Denna studie kan bidra med förståelse för hur viktig lärarens samtal- och handledningsroll är när det gäller elevens användande av alternativa verktyg. 

  • 23.
    Agneblad, Anette
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Barns fria lek med konstruktionsmaterial, ur ett genusperspektiv: en studie på hur förskollärare uppfattar barns fria lek med konstruktionsmaterial, ur ett genusperspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 24.
    Ahlberg, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Naturvetenskap i förskolan: En intervjustudie om förskollärares tankar och arbetssätt2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to investigate how preschool teachers think about preschool

    science, what they consider science to be and how they deal with specific curricular objectives

    related to science.

    Science is a part of our everyday life, it is a prerequisite for understanding everyday

    phenomena and how the world is working. Nevertheless it is often dropped in favour of other

    subjects in Swedish preschools.

    The eight preschool teachers participating in this study are all working in the same

    municipality in the western part of Sweden with children aged 1- 5 years. The method used in

    this study was interviews. The interviews were recorded to facilitate the transcriptions.

    The results show that preschool teachers find that science is an important subject that should

    be introduced to the children early on in life. They also show that preschool teachers consider

    science to have a preventive effect on the learning to the children, and it is needed for them to

    understand everyday processes and phenomena. When working with the curricular objectives

    linked to science, the result show that preschool teachers perceive nature as an asset to

    develop the children’s knowledge and interest for scientific concepts. Factors that impact the

    work with science in preschool could, according to the educators, be lack of knowledge, the

    children’s age or their attitude towards the subject.

    Conclusions that can be drawn from this study are that preschool teachers draw on the

    children’s interests when teaching science. They also find it important to use the correct terms

    at an early stage.

  • 25.
    Ahlqvist, Therese
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Demokrati i förskolan: En kvalitativ studie om pedagogers arbetssätt och syn på barns inflytande2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of my study is to identify which approach that the teachers believe that they use in their work with children's influence. The aim is also to investigate whether or not the teachers experience any consequences when giving the children a chance to influence and if so, what kind of consequences.

    I have used qualitative interviews to answer the questions of my thesis. My conclusion, based on the result of the interviews, indicates that teachers believe children experience limited influence in routine situations. The results also indicates that teachers who demonstrates a conscious democratic approach while teaching, believed they helped children get a better understanding of the concept of democracy already at an early age.

  • 26.
    Ahmadzai, Abdullah
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    SOME FACTORS INFLUENCING STUDENTS’ EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN: A study of students’ drop   out and retention rates of boys and girls of primary schools in Maidan Wardak   Province - Afghanistan2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    School access and staying in school is one the most important issue for the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan particularly for girls. According to the Ministry of Education (MoE), nearly seven million children have access to school in Afghanistan, 37 per cent of whom are girls.

    Students drop out of schools before completing their education cycle, to know who drops out and to what extent; this study describes some of factors that influence students to drop out of school in grade 4 and grade 6.

    To find out some factors that may influence girls and boys to drop out of schools in grade 4 and 6 six, structured interviews were conducted in 10 schools – 5 in rural area and 5 in urban area of Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. Data was collected by random sample from 32 girls and 48 boys who left schools. 20 teachers and 20 parents were also interviewed to know what their opinions are on drop out of students.

    After data collection, several factors were found to cause students drop out of schools; some of the most prominent causes were Poverty, lack of security, long distance to school and socio- culture factors.

    By looking to the current educational situation of the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan, there is a need of research almost in all areas particularly in the area of girls’ education.

  • 27.
    Aho, Erika
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Henriksson Persson, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Larsson, Maria G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Skolnära – ett skolnära begrepp?2016In: Kapet, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 116-134Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Skolnära kan beskrivas som ett relativt nytt begrepp inom utbildning och forskning med skolanknytning. Det förekommer ofta i sammanhang där det tycks finnas en ambition att knyta skola och forskning närmare varandra. Det kan till exempel handla om olika forskarskolor, skolforskning och skolutvecklingsprojekt. Dock finns ingen enhetlig definition av begreppet utan det används parallellt med och i vissa fall synonymt med begreppen praktiknära och praxisnära. Syftet med denna artikel är att bidra till en problematisering av begreppet skolnära med fokus på såväl innebörder som användningsområden. Utifrån studier av olika typer av texter belyses hur begreppet skolnära används inom skolforskning och i andra utbildningsvetenskapliga sammanhang idag. Begreppet skolnära ser ut att uppkomma i samband med framväxten av forskarutbildningsämnet pedagogiskt arbete men återfinns idag även inom andra forskarutbildningsämnen. Till exempel kan en ”skolnära avhandling” vara skriven inom pedagogik eller något ämnesdidaktiskt ämne. Vad det innebär att forskningen är skolnära tycks ha skiftande innebörd och avgränsning i olika sammanhang. Det kan till exempel handla om huruvida forskningen bedrivs av eller för lärare. Begreppet används också inom skolvärlden i ett vidare perspektiv.

  • 28.
    Albinsson, Ronja
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Biologi i förskolan: En undersökning om förskollärarnas inställning till biologi i jämförelse med ämnets användning i förskolan.2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the preschool teachers knowledge and interest in biology and how they teach the subject. To answer my questions in this study, I used the survey questionnaire. A total of 88 preschool teachers responded to the survey. They answered questions about their own views regarding biology and how they teach the topic. Results showed that approximately half of the participants mentioned that they did not teach, in equal terms, all areas of biology, the focus was primarily on the areas of animals and nature. It was important for the teachers to consider the children’s interest, and they focus on what they themselves were interested in and had knowledge about.

  • 29.
    Aldelöv, Jennie
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Vilka lekar är tillåtna att leka i förskolan?: Om bra och dåliga lekar i förskolan2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study I want to survey which plays preschool teachers thinks are accepted in preschool and wish aren’t. I also found it relevant to investigate when and why they choose to interrupt a play and what happens when they do? My interest for the possibility that we might judge by some values was the reason for my question formulations and for the follow-up questions in my interview.

    For my survey I used semi-structured interviews to get a deeper knowledge about this domain and for the opportunity to ask further supplementary questions.

    The results show how preschool teachers accept most of the plays and that those plays that aren’t accepted and in need of being disrupted or to be changed mostly are plays where someone could be hurt or violated.

     

    It also shows that the preschool teachers think that they should regulate or interrupt children´s plays as little as possible because most of the time interruption turns the plays in a negative direction.

    My conclusion is that preschool teachers are willing to see children’s intentions but there are also norms and values that regulate what´s accepted or not.

  • 30.
    Alexandersson, Natalie
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Den fria lekens betydelse: Förskollärares tankar kring den fria lekens betydelse för barns sociala kompetens2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim with this paper is to study four preschool teachers' attitude towards free play and social skills and how they define social skills in the free play. The methods I have used are studying relevant research and literature covering this field of studies. I have also conducted an interview with the, above mentioned, preschool teachers.

    The study indicates that the preschool teachers shared the conception that the free play is of importance for children to develop social skills. Children learn many social skills by free play. The study also confirms that the preschool teachers are very important for the development of social skills among children by supporting and stimulating the free play and by their attitudes towards both children and other adults.

  • 31.
    Alexandra, Guseva
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Att organisera för lärande: En studie av samband mellan gruppens ålderssammansättning och förutsättningar för barns lärande i förskolan2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate whether there are some patterns and connections between the teachers’ experiences of the conditions for children’s learning and age settings at preschool groups. The study is quantitative, and a web survey is used to collect the data from the teachers. The study includes all preschools in a municipality in Värmland, Sweden. 144 preschool teachers from 55 municipal preschool groups participated in the study. Following age settings are represented in the study: same-age preschool groups, groups with children between 1-3 years old, groups with children between 3-5 years old and groups with children between 1-5 years old.

    The study is based on interactionistic theories, which means that the preschool is examined from various interacting aspects and dimensions. Conditions for children’s learning are seen in the study in relation to preschool quality, which is a complex phenomenon constituted in the interaction between dimensions of structure, process, and outcome. The study focuses on age setting as a structural aspect of preschool quality and following aspects of process quality: organizing of the pedagogical environment, teachers’ approach to organizing of daily activities and teachers’ interplay with children

    The results of the study show that there are important differences between groups with different age settings regarding organizing of the pedagogical environment and interplay between teachers and children. However, these differences are rather ambiguous and can be explained by other aspects and factors such as group’size, children’s age, and pedagogical approach. Therefore, age setting as such is not the key to preschool quality but must be seen in relation to other aspects and dimensions.

  • 32.
    Almgren Damberg, Ingrid
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    "Nyss så träffa jag en krokodil, som körde runt i en bil": Små barns kompetenser i ämnet biologi2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to show young children's competences in the subject of biology. I hope that my work will lead to that the subject of biology is used more often in the preschool context. In my work I have had an intra-active theory as a base. I have searched for what children are interested in on the subject of biology. Here, I can conclude that animals and plants are major interests for the children. Furthermore, I wanted to explore the ways in which children's knowledge became visible. For the most part, small children (along with educators) use animism and anthropomorphism, however, this is often interwoven with facts. I also wanted to know whether there were factors that contributed to children's learning in biology. It became clear that factors such as outdoor stay and live animals and plants contributed to a fact-based learning in biology. In contrast, factors such as indoor stay and toys were important factors for an animistic and anthropomorphic learning in biology. Educators also have a crucial role in children's learning in biology. Through an intra-active approach, I note that both the factual events of biology and animism and anthropomorphism contribute to the child's creation of knowledge in biology.

  • 33.
    Almgren, Josefin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Musik – En viktig del i förskolan: Fyra förskollärares perspektiv på musikverksamheten i förskolan2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of my study is to examine how four preschool teachers that work in a music-preschool observe the function of music in preschool and the importance of music activities for children in preschool. I decided to use a semi-structured group interview were four preschool teachers participated. I chose Vygotsky's sociocultural perspective as a theoretical starting point in my work.

    In my results, I could see a pattern of cooperation, community and the children's influence as aspects that are important for preschool teachers who participated in my survey. Every question that preschool teachers discussed during the interview took a starting point of children's interests and based on children's conditions.

  • 34.
    Almqvist, Helena
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Skolutveckling ur ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv: En kvantitativ studie om i vilken utsträckning skolans systematiska kvalitetsarbete utgår från ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv.2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Att möta elever i svårigheter blir allt vanligare i dagens skola. För att möta denna utveckling framgångsrikt, framhåller flera forskare en vinst med ett specialpedagogiskt förhållningssätt som genomsyrar verksamheten.Det råder dock delade meningar om huruvida problem med beteende och inlärning ska tillskrivas funktionsnedsättningar hos eleverna eller brister i den pedagogiska verksamheten. Ahlefeld Nisser (2009) menar i sin avhandling att de elever som är i behov av särskilt stöd är relativt få, men att ungefär 20% av samtliga elever befinner sig i en gråzon. Dessa elever skulle ha större möjlighet att nå kunskapskraven om skolans undervisning genomsyrades av ett specialpedagogiskt förhållningssätt.

    Syftet med den aktuella studien är att undersöka i vilken utsträckning den undersökta koncernen systematiska kvalitetsarbete utgår från ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv. Studien har en kvantitativ ansats och datainsamlingen har genomförts med hjälp av en enkät. Enkäten tillverkades i enkätprogrammet Survey & Report för att sedan exporteras till analysprogrammet SPSS.

    Resultatet visar att medelvärdet på upprättat index indikerar att flertalet respondenter instämmer mellan "låg" och "hög grad" i påståendena angående uppfattningen om ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv på det systematiska kvalitetsarbetet.

    Resultatet visar också att de undersökta grupperna, rektor, biträdande rektor och specialpedagog inte skiljer sig signifikant i uppfattningen om ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv på det systematiska kvalitetsarbetet.

  • 35.
    Almroth Werna, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Rektorers kontinuitet på arbetsplatsen: En jämförelse mellan grundskola och gymnasie- och vuxenutbildning.2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Several reports from media indicates that Swedish principals tend to stay short time on their jobs and that many of them have thoughts of leaving the occupation. The aim of this study is to examine the work continuity of principals. A comparison between principals working in primary schools and upper secondary schools/ adult education, is being made to see if there is a difference between the two groups in how long principals tend to stay on their position.  The job demand-resources model is used to study factors that impact principals’ tendency to stay or leave their jobs.

    A digital survey was distributed to principals, collecting 79 answers. The result was that 59.5% of the principals have had thoughts, during this year, of leaving the occupation. A comparison of work experience was made between principals working in primary schools and upper secondary schools/ adult education but no significant difference between the two groups was found. The demands and resources which impact continuity the most were work load, economic resources on the work place and demands from supervisors/ lack of support from supervisors. The principals were asked if the available resources were sufficient to meet the demands on their current position. T-test showed a significant difference (P=0,01) between the two groups: primary school M=2,04 and upper secondary school/ adult education M=2, 51.

  • 36.
    Alvåg, Emma
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Bygg och konstruktion i förskolan: En studie där pedagoger beskriver sitt arbete med bygg och konstruktion2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine how teachers are working with build and construction in preschool. Further how they reason on the basis of material importance for build and construction. Theoretical basis of the study is of the socio-cultural perspective and research method used qualitative semi-structured interviews.

     

    The result of the study shows that activities and any planning of build and construction in the surveyed preschools, to the greatest extent were based up on the children´s influence and interests. Further it shows the teachers thoughts on the prospects for planning and working with build and construction in preschool. It shows what kind of materials the interviewed teachers had access to. For example, all teachers had access to blocks, Lego and some form of recycling materials. The result also shows how teachers reason on the basis of material and it´s role in working with build and construction in preschool.

  • 37.
    Amanda, Gustafsson
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Hur arbetar pedagoger med biologi i förskolan?: En intervjustudie av två förskolor i centrum och två i naturnära miljö2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate if and how educators working with biology in preschool. In addition, I want to compare whether working differs depending on whether the activity is positioned centrally or in natural environment. I have used semi-structured interviews as a method to get answers to my questions and I have interviewed a total of seven educators to my investigation, three teachers working in a central preschool and four teachers working on a nature-oriented preschool. My results showed that the biology in preschool activities exists, but that the approach will vary based on where the business is located. Those who have nature close at hand works more like each other and using more areas and teaching tools in biology than those working in a preschool, which is located centrally.

  • 38.
    Ambjörnsson, Lena
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Lärandet av svenska som andraspråk: En livsberättelseintervju med en ung invandrarpojke från Somalia2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 39.
    Andersson, Amanda
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    "Barnet kanske behöver kasta något för att få ur sig en känsla"2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 40.
    Andersson, Angelica
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Barns hälsa: En studie om förskollärarens uppfattningar och erfarenher om barns hälsa och hur hälsan kommer till uttryck i det vardagliga arbetet i förskolan.2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 41.
    Andersson Bohlin, Ida
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Om pedagogers deltagande i barns lek: Pedagogers tankar kring sitt deltagande i barns lek och deras möjligheter att stimulera leken genom miljön på förskolan.2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose with this survey is to find out how teacher´s in preschool see on their participation in children’s play. There is also an interest to find out if teachers believe they can affect the children through the environment in preschool. My curiosity is based on whether or not I as a teacher can affect the children in preschool.

     

    My work is based on three questions:

    • Which meaning does teachers think they have in children’s play?
    • What possibilities do the teacher´s think they have to affect the environment in the preschool?
    • What effect has my presence in the children’s play and how can I adjust the environment to stimulate the play?

     

    To explore this I had help from literature, research and qualitative semi-structured interviews.

    I interviewed four teacher´s in two different preschools. 

    The studies have shown that teacher´s participation has great influence on the children’s play. How teacher´s choose to participate in the play has great meaning for the experience the children carries with them. The study also shows that the environment is important for which play the children emerges in. 

  • 42.
    Andersson, Carolin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Barns delaktighet i matsituationen: En fallstudie om matsituationen som en arena för demokrati2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 43.
    Andersson, Caroline
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Genus i bilderboken: Manliga och kvinnliga karaktärsskildringar i förskolans bilderböcker2013Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of my study is to investigate how girls/women and boys/men are being portrayed in the children's literature presented to children by reading out loud in preschool. This is to contribute with knowledge about gender in children's literature, which helps me as a teacher to develop a critical approach to the books I choose to introduce to the children. By analyzing three different picture books, I have sought answers to how male and female characters are being portrayed, how one can see gender stereotyped markers and if the literature confirms or exceeds and challenges gender stereotypes.

     

    The process is based on a qualitative research approach. I have also used analytical methods, which have helped me to stay within the framework of what I wanted to investigate. Two different theories, Hirdmans theory of the gender system (2001; 2007) and Connell's theory of masculinity (2008) has given me the opportunity to understand my results. My study showed two different ways to portray characters, either by reversed characteristics or by a great variety of characteristics, regardless of gender. Furthermore, it showed a large cross and challenging of gender stereotypes and with that the standard of how women/girls and men/boys should be.

  • 44.
    Andersson, Emmelie
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Matematik i förskolan: Hur pedagogerna främjar barns medvetenhet om matematik i förskolan2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    The purpose of the study is to examine how the interviewed pre-school teachers describe their teaching activities to promote children's mathematics learning.

    This qualitative study uses interviews as data collection methods and five teachers from five different pre-schools participated in the interviews. The pre-schools were selected based on a convenience sample and are located in a town in central Sweden. The study shows that it is important to start with mathematics in preschool already and the importance of the role educators have.

    The result that appears is that the interviewed teachers believe that the teacher’s awareness is of great importance for the child's mathematical learning. It also emerged that it is in everyday situations that kids come in contact with the mathematical concepts that are available and it is in these situations that the children become aware that mathematics is everywhere. That is of importance if the children are going to be able to develop and become aware of the mathematics in their environment. It also emerges from the interviews that it is important to make use of the local work plan and curriculum for preschool, Lpfö98 and follow these continuously.

    Keywords

    Preschool, preschool teacher, mathematics, mathematical concepts, the educator's way of working

  • 45.
    Andersson, Erika
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    De fem enkla maskinernas integrerande i den fria leken inom förskolans arena: En studie baserad på barns undersökande av enkel teknik i den fria leken.2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to demonstrate how children apply simple technology in preschool through “The Big Five”. Observations and "Interview on the move" are the method choices that answer the purpose and questions of the study. Observations and interviews have been conducted in the preschool outdoor environment during a morning and are based on the children's free play where the aim is to start from the children's perspective and reflections. The situations that have been chosen for the study are based on the children's curiosity and demonstrated interests. The result of the study shows that two of “The Big Five” are applied by the children in the preschool outdoor environment and free play. This is demonstrated by their use of the leaning plane and the wheel from “The Big Five”. It shows by their use of tools such as exploration, part of the game and through concepts. This is done through a sociocultural perspective where different factors influence children's learning.

  • 46.
    Andersson, Eva
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
    Förutsättningar för elevinflytande i grundsärskolan: Tillit, lyhördhet och vilja2017Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The curricula that defines special needs education in Swedish grammar schools states that students with intellectual disabilities should be given the possibility to participate in the planning and shaping of teaching and learning activities. The purpose of the study is to examine conditions regarding special needs students’ influence and how this influence is mediated. The focus of the study is subject based classroom situations. The method for collecting data has been observations. The empirical data consists of around 16 hours of video recordings, in addition to field notes. The observations took place in two special schools and all together 10 pupils, 5 teachers, and two student assistants participated. The theoretical framework is based on sociocultural theory with a specific focus on mediation. By using the theoretical terms object and subject positioning, the study also focuses on how teachers and students position themselves and each other. The results show that the students with intellectual disabilities are given opportunities for influence, but not very frequently.  

    The most important mediating factors to promote influence are the teachers´ trust in the students´ abilities and skills, and the teacher’s keen responsiveness to the students’ expressed personal will. Influence is mediated both through the possibilities of participation that teachers offer, and the teachers’ affirmation of the students’ requests. Furthermore, the study shows that students are more likely to gain influence in one-to-one meetings with the teacher, where the focus is on the student’s individual interests and preferences. In order to provide increased levels of influence to all students with intellectual disabilities, teachers need to plan the education with focus on democratic processes.

  • 47.
    Andersson, Frida
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Matematik i förskolan: Pedagogers synliggörande av matematik i sandlådan2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to provide knowledge about how teachers visualize mathematics by playing in the sandbox with the children. Two approaches have been adopted in order to investigate this which are unstructured observations and semi-structured interviews. These methods were chosen to complement each other to produce the clearest results possible.

    The results show that teachers' awareness of the mathematics that occur in the sandbox is of great importance. The teachers should be involved in the children´s sandbox play to participate and designate various mathematical concepts that appear. By teachers terms mathematics is made visible on the children. Artefacts found in the sandbox, such as buckets, shovels and forms are helpful to children's mathematical learning.

  • 48.
    Andersson, Hanna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Pedagogers roll i barns lek: En studie om pedagogers tankar om sin roll och delaktighet i barns lek i förskolan.2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 49.
    Andersson, Helen
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Utforskandet av vatten i förskolan: Hur yngre barn uppmärksammar och utforskar vatten samt utfroskandet av vattnets fasomvandlingar i förskolan2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 50.
    Andersson, Ingegerd
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
    Skolmiljöns betydelse för inkludering2015Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie undersöker fyra grundskole - och grundsärskoleelevers upplevelser av den egna skolmiljön i en inkluderande verksamhet. Studien är baserad på kvalitativa undersökningsmetoder som deltagande tekniker, observationer och samtal. En analys av materialet har gjorts utifrån rumslig, social och didaktisk aspekt av inkludering. Resultaten av studien visar att eleven kan vara inkluderad utifrån en eller flera aspekter. Eleverna har beskrivit sin skolmiljö och uttryckt de behov de har för att kunna delta i skolans arbete. Det finns en samstämmighet hos eleverna i deras önskemål om en lugn miljö och arbete i mindre grupp. Trots att klassrummet synbarligen hade en lugn miljö, var det ändå ansträngande att vistas där en hel lektion.

    För att utveckla skolans arbetsmiljö kan man arbeta med ett mer medvetet förhållningssätt till klassrummets utformning. Klassrummet ska vara en plats för lärande och en social mötesplats. För att göra skolan tillgänglig måste miljön studeras utifrån olika synvinklar och där kan eleverna vara med och påverka. Studien kan bidra till att lyfta fram metoder och synsätt för att göra skolmiljön tillgänglig för alla elever.

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