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”Education is for life, not just for school”: En jämförande studie om läs- och skrivutveckling i Gambia och Sverige
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This report describes a comparative study about reading- and writing development in “A-towns school” in The Gambia and in “Villaskolan” in Sweden.

The purpose of this study is to compare two teachers in Sweden with two teachers and two volunteers from the school in Gambia, with focus on their thoughts and methods on teaching reading and writing at each school and in their social context. The aim is also to observe and describe how classroom environment at both schools can encourage students to read and write.

The theoretical base of this study is rooted in a sociocultural perspective but I have also chosen to illuminate behaviorism and cognitivism. The study is qualitative and the main research methods are interviews and observations of the classrooms.

My conclusions are, even though considerable differences in approach and conditions, teachers in both schools work hard and show dedication towards their students.

Another finding is that teachers use different techniques and working methods to achieve the same goal -to teach their students to read and write based on what is required of them in their cultural and social context. The different ways of teaching have been caused by the existence of different perceived needs based on culture and tradition.

One conclusion is also that read and write requirements for students in the Gambia and Sweden are different from each other. In Sweden there is clearly a higher demand for more advanced reading - and writing skills while one person in the Gambia is perceived to be able to read and write if he/she can handle basic administrative tasks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, The Gambia, Literacy, Reading- and writing development, Governing documents, Illiterate.
Keyword [sv]
Sverige, Gambia, Litteracitet, Läs- och skrivutveckling, Styrdokument, Analfabetism.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14510OAI: diva2:471750
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-01-03 Created: 2012-01-02 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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