Reading and education for students of immigrant origin in some Swedish municipalities
2009 (English)In: US-China Education Review, ISSN 1548-6613, Vol. 6, no 11, 17-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Researchers from Mid Sweden University and Kalmar University organised surveys on reading skills in Swedish municipalities. This paper will focus on the surveys made in four municipalities between 2002 and 2007. All students in grade 8 in these four municipalities participated in the surveys-in total 16, 287 students. These surveys included a reading test for the students and information about the students collected from the teachers, including participation in instruction in Swedish as a second language and in their mother tongues. Students of immigrant origin in Sweden are offered the possibility to participate in instruction in Swedish as a second language and in instruction in the student's mother tongue. No obvious trends over time in the participation in Swedish as a second language and mother tongue instruction were found in the four municipalities on the tests we gave, in spite of national trends. There was no difference in results on the reading tests in Swedish between those students who participated in mother tongue instruction and those who did not, but there was a difference in test results between those who participated in Swedish as a second language and those who did not. Those who did not participate (in Swedish as a second language instruction) did, on average, score higher on the test. When different language groups are compared, it can be noted that a majority in all groups of immigrant students neither participate in Swedish as a second language nor in mother tongue instruction. However, there are important differences between boys and girls and between language groups. Girls seemed to be more willing than boys to participate in voluntary mother tongue instruction, while boys more often than girls had to participate in compulsory lessons in Swedish as a second language.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Libertyville, IL: David Publishing , 2009. Vol. 6, no 11, 17-33 p.
reading, pupils with immigrant origin, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-16651OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-16651DiVA: diva2:461983