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Collaboration across scales in education for mother tongue teachers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9675-981X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the Swedish school system, mother tongue education has been available, under certain regulations, as an elective subject, since the Home Language Reform of 1977 (Reath Warren, 2017). Since its introduction, the subject has been the subject of debate and contestation (Salö et al., 2018) but nonetheless, researchers have found that mother tongue instruction offers opportunities for development of literacies in the mother tongue and other languages as well as supporting learning in general (see Utbildningsdepartementet, 2019, for an overview of research). Among the structural challenges the subject faces, is that there are no specific qualifications required to become a mother tongue teacher, nor regulated educational pathways in Sweden, although several universities in Sweden do offer courses and programmes on different aspects of mother tongue instruction.In this presentation, an online resource for professional development for mother tongue teachers in Sweden will be presented, and analysed. This resource is the result of an initiative and funding from the Swedish National Agency for Education, and collaborations between researchers, mother tongue teachers and The National Agency for Education over one academic year. The online resource comprises seven units which each include a theoretical text exploring didactic or pedagogical perspectives relevant for mother tongue teachers, discussion questions addressing central concerns in the theoretical text and a classroom activity which mother tongue teachers are then invited to discuss, test and evaluate together with colleagues. The theoretical texts and activities were produced by a team that included both researchers and mother tongue teachers. In each of the seven units, perspectives from Sweden’s five national minority languages are also provided, given the very particular conditions under which students and teachers of these languages work.In the presentation, we argue that the ideological space created by policies that provide the opportunity to study mother tongues at school in Sweden stimulated the creation of this online resource, which opens up an implementational space for the development of mother tongue education (Hornberger 2005). The professional development programmes are moreover, created through collaboration across the scales of context, anchoring them in both20research and best practice, as well as providing a valuable space for interaction and learning for mother tongue teachers.

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2023.
Keywords [en]
mothertongue instruction, professional development, learning, languages, heritage language
Keywords [sv]
modersmålsundervisning, fortbildning, lärande, språk, arvsspråk
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-517645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-517645DiVA, id: diva2:1818466
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Perspectives on Home, Heritage, and Community Language Education (19‒20 October 2023), Uppsala University
Available from: 2023-12-11 Created: 2023-12-11 Last updated: 2023-12-11

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