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Att läsa i en tid med brist på tid: En studie av fyra lärares perspektiv gällande läsläxor och vad de anser krävs för att deras elever ska få tillräckligt med tid till läsning
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To read  in a time that lacks time : A study of four teachers’ perspectives on reading homework and what they believe is needed to give their students enough time to read (English)
Abstract [en]

It is difficult to find time to read books today, when many other media compete for your spare time. Is the time that pupils get to read in schools enough to make them proficient readers? In Sweden some teachers debate that the homework is a solution to find more time for the pupils to read, while others debate that avoiding homework will make their teaching more equivalent. According to a research paper from Eckerholm (2018), the lack of time is one factor which makes it sometimes difficult for teachers to help their pupils develop a proficient reading comprehension. 

The purpose of this study is to examine four elementary teacher’s perspective on reading homework and what they experience is required to find their students time to read. The study also contains a supplementary study of a larger number of pupils’ reading habits and who they believe have authority over their leisure reading. The study will answer the following scientific questions:

  • How do four elementary teacher reason about giving reading homework to their pupils to read at their leisure time?
  • How do four elementary teacher reason about what is required of themselves and their pupils to find the time they need to develop into proficient readers?
  • What do elementary pupils answer to questions about their reading habits in their free time?
  • What do elementary pupils answer to questions about who they believe  have authority over their leisure reading?

The entire study is about increasing and develop a better understanding of the subject, according to a hermeneutic perspective. This study used mainly the qualitative method of interviews with elementary teachers and includes a supplementary study that uses the quantitative method of a paper survey of pupils reading habits and who they believe  have authority over their leisure reading time. The results of this study have been analysed using both sociocultural theory and motivation theory and the research from other sources.

The result of this study shows that the interviewed teachers are primarily to sceptical to the home conditions of their pupils to use reading homework. The four interviewed teachers feel that it is more efficient to motivate and inspire their pupils to help them find their internal motivation to read in their own time, without the need to be forced by any teacher or parent. This require the students to take responsibility of their own reading at home. The results of the supplementary study show that most of the pupils that participated in the survey read books at home, they have authority over their leisure reading and that they read with an internal motivation. But the time they spend reading books is not enough. The interviewed teachers all mentioned that their pupils do not read enough on their free time and would need the children to receive support from their parents. The conclusion of the study is that the interviewed teachers feel sceptical towards that every pupil have a proper reading culture at home, which would give these children the time they need to develop into a proficient reader.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Leisure reading, reading homework, reading coherence, reading culture and the pupil’s responsibility.
Keywords [sv]
Fritidsläsning, läsläxor, läsförståelse och läskultur och elevens ansvar
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39724DiVA, id: diva2:1383705
Subject / course
Swedish
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2020-01-08 Created: 2020-01-08 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved

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