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Ordning och reda i skolan: En diskursanalys av uttrycket ordning och reda
Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Discipline and order in school : a discourse analysis on the expression “discipline and order” (English)
Abstract [en]

In media the debate about discipline and order in school is widely heard. A politician, some teacher or a representative from the teacher´s union, most often speaks these words. The interest for these issues seems to be persistent.

This study is primarily about the expression “discipline and order”. The aim is to find out how the expression “discipline and order” is used in the investigated material. Furthermore, how these definitions create certain discourses and in which social field (area, institution) these discourses exits. The theoretical basis of the study is discourse analysis, and more specific Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) by Norman Fairclough. With support from a model and method for CDA four newspapers articles will be analyzed. These articles are dealing with the main subject, “discipline and order” in school and represent various backgrounds according to school issues.

The result of the analysis is that many different words are used to explain and talk about “discipline and order”. The identified discourses are fewer as well as the social fields. Many of the words used are similar but in some articles they differ.

In conclusion the study will show that there are several ways to write about “discipline and order” and sometimes the discourses overlap and sometimes they are separate. All in all the use of “discipline and order”-discourse seems to rather reproduce than change. Finally, this investigation shows that the problem sets of order in our schools are multiplied and complex, therefore the solution needs to be as complex as that.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 48 p.
Keyword [sv]
ordning och reda, diskurs, diskursanalys
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-11364OAI: diva2:440441
Subject / course
Education Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2011-09-13Bibliographically approved

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