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Varför välja profilklass?: En kvalitativ undersökning om varför vissa föräldrar väljer att skicka sina barn till profilförskolor/skolor eller profilklasser
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate how four families in the Stockholm area reason, what kind of preconception they have and what their horizon of expectations is when they make the choice between sending their children to the profile class of municipal/free schools and sending them to the general classes in those schools. The main research questions asked were:

  • What kind of preconception do the parents have about profile classes?
  • What reasons do the interviewed parents have to send their children to a profile class?
  • What are the interviewed parent’s expectations of the profile class choice?

The study is built on qualitative interviews with the parents of the families. The empirical data has been analyzed using a framework of theories drawing on the theory of reproduction, the forms of social capital, the ideas created from the word profile and elite and the horizon of expectations. The results show that the parents of the families have a similar degree of preconception about profile classes. They presumed they were better than the general classes and had better teachers. The reasons they voice about the choice of classes are that they would like the children to have better way of life than themselves and that profile classes improve and nurture further studies through discipline and concentration improving assignments and activities. Their expectations were better conditions for further studies, reaching a higher social status through acquiring better tools and a better technique of studying.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Profile class, Elite classes, social capital, reproduction
Keyword [sv]
Profilklasser, elitklasser, socialt kapital, reproduktion
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14805OAI: diva2:479890
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-01-19 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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