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Meritpoäng eller skoj?: en undersökning om meritpoängens konsekvenser för ämnet moderna språk och framtiden
Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this C-essay is to answer the question: What have been the consequences and effects of the merit point system on language studies and the parties concerned (teachers, students and principals) during the school year of 2010/11?

The merit point system is the result of a political decision and was implicated for the first time in the Swedish upper secondary school during the school year 2010/2011. Being a completely new phenomenon it is of great interest and importance to study its effects.

The study in this essay also aims to verify, falsify or nullify two hypotheses very often referred to in the political discussions regarding the merit point system:

  1. The merit point system will replace affection and interest as main reasons for language studies in upper secondary school and cause a rectification amongst the students choices of additional courses.
  2. The merit point system will have a segregating effect upon society and make it harder for people to rise in society through education in the future.

A verification of these hypotheses would imply the appearance of an increased rectification amongst students as well as an orientation towards an in the future more segregated society.

The empiric material has been collected and examined with qualitative as well as quantitative methods (questionnaires and interviews) and belongs epistemologically to the phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Merit points, Symbolic capital, Pierre Bourdieu, Habitus, Socio-economic differences, Language studies, Affection, Attitudes
Keyword [sv]
Meritpoäng, symboliskt kapital, Pierre Bourdieu, habitus, socioekonomiska skillnader, språkstudier, affektion, attityder
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9390OAI: diva2:425846
Subject / course
Education Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-06-22 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2011-06-22Bibliographically approved

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