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SchoolSoft – ålagd men inte användarvänlig?: En studie av grundskolelärares attityder till en lärplattform
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to identify teachers’ professional opinion of SchoolSoft, a learning platform that is used in all public schools on Gotland, Sweden. Qualitative group interviews with a total of twelve teachers, together with the results of a questionnaire that the participating teachers filled in provided the data for this study. The participating teachers all worked in Swedish grundskolan(compulsory primary- and lower secondary school). The teachers’ opinions of Schoolsoft were identified by subjecting the data to a content analysis. 

 

The results of this study show that the teachers who participated in the study used only a handful of the many available functions of SchoolSoft. They explained that whilst there are some useful functions of the software there exist a plethora of issues, primarily pertaining to its lacking ease of use. Using the Technology Acceptance model, the relationship between perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness can explain the teachers’ overwhelmingly negative opinion of SchoolSoft. Furthermore, it became apparent that only one of the twelve teachers had received any formal training in the usage of SchoolSoft, despite the fact that all teachers on Gotland are required to use it. This fact is likely associated with the teachers critique of the software’s ease of use. An analysis of the teachers’ usage of SchoolSoft through the Innovation-Decision Model shows that the teachers who participated in this study, being long term users of the learning platform and therefore having already progressed through the preceding stages of the model, were all in the conformation phase. The majority of whom indicating that they would neither like to increase their usage of SchoolSoft or continue using it to the same degree. 

 

When questioned if the compulsory usage SchoolSoft affects their freedom to structure their teaching in the way they see fit (Swedish: friutrymme) the teachers responded that it does not. They plan their lessons however they want regardless. They did however indicate that as a result their transparency towards their students’ parents is limited because the teachers are not always able to publish their lesson plans on the learning platform.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 56
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier
Keywords [en]
Learning platform, SchoolSoft, Technology Acceptance Model, Innovation-Decision Model
Keywords [sv]
Lärplattform, SchoolSoft, Technology Acceptance Model, Innovation-Decision Model, Frirumsteorin
National Category
Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384805DiVA, id: diva2:1321674
Subject / course
Educational Sciences
Educational program
Primary School Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2019-06-12 Created: 2019-06-09 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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