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Skriftbruk i fordonsverkstaden: En studie av läs- och skrivstrategier i mötet med arbetslivets texter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2011 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to describe the reading and writing activities that takes place in vehicle repair workshops and to elucidate how people experiencing low reading-and-writing ability describe their encounters with text in working life. Reading and writing are considered in the study from an educational-philosophical and special educational perspective.

This study of literacy was inspired by ethnographic methods. The empirical material consists of field notes from ten participatory observations in vehicle repair workshops, photographs from the workshops and three interviews. To see patterns in how literacy was used, literacy events were taken as the unit of analysis. The literacy environment, community of practice, reading path and technical surroundings are analytical concepts in the thematic presentation of results.

Central literacy practices were characterized primarily by reading, often via computer, for information needed for solving problems. The type of reading was often non-linear, given the multimodal texts and choices in computer environments. In addition, semiotic systems and several languages were interpreted. It is important to understand how information is organised and how to handle the technology. Technology provides support structures e.g. pictorial support and translation programmes. Writing out words, button-pushing and keyboard entry to register and search for information through the use of measurement instruments and in computer-generated text environments, were central. Literacy events were embedded in the work tasks and in ongoing learning, and many literacy practices included items of both reading and writing. Social skills, plus recognizing one’s problems and asking for help, were useful strategies for handling the demands of reading and writing in working life, as were allowing time and creating concentration for the task. Interpreting pictorial matter, using technology, copying text and noting down things to remember were further strategies.

Implications of the study are that effective strategies for managing the demands of reading and writing that are required in the working place should begin in school. Significant is the teachers’ approach to handling the students’ frustration when studies are not working out as expected. Caring teachers, positive energy and not giving up make a difference. General education teachers need special educational resources in the upper-secondary school in order to counteract school failure and to enhance students’ learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Specialpedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 2011. , 118 p.
Keyword [en]
literacy practices, reading-and-writing strategies, working life, upper-secondary school, vocational education
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Special Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55036ISBN: 978-91-979475-1-0 (print)OAI: diva2:400442
2011-03-25, J 218 Campus Konradsberg, Rålambsvägen 34 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-02-25 Created: 2011-02-25 Last updated: 2011-03-31Bibliographically approved

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