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Schooling: so much more than algebra.: The way school disciplines.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this thesis is to gain a deeper understanding of the disciplinary purpose of elementary school by asking authorities to define it in relation to education which takes place outside of school, and how school shapes the behavior of children by examining how the ones who deviate from its discipline are viewed and treated by its experts. In order to answer this I have used a phenomenological approach by interviewing several individuals’ common understanding of the disciplinary purpose of school, and found that the school disciplines by the use of surface-rearing, in-depth rearing, and group conformity. The theories which has helped to understand the empirical data and put it in a larger context is Foucault’s theories of discipline, Durkheim’s theory of moral authority and social facts, and Aronson’s theories of conformity. The study has revealed that the disciplinary purpose of school is of equal or greater importance than the purpose of transmitting knowledge, and it reveals that the discipline is not merely a method which the teacher uses on its students, but that the school itself works as an apparatus of discipline.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att få en djupare förståelse av grundskolans mål av att disciplinera genom att be myndigheter att definiera det i relation till utbildning som tar plats utanför skolan, och hur skolan formar barns beteende genom att studera hur de som avviker från disciplinen uppfattas och behandlas av skolans experter. För att svara på detta har jag använt mig av en fenomenologisk ansats genom att intervjua ett flertal individers gemensamma upplevelse av skolans disciplinära mål, och upptäckte att skolan disciplinerar genom att använda djup fostran, ytfostran, och grupp konformitet. De teorier som har hjälpt med att förstå det empiriska materialet och satt det i en större kontext är Foucaults teorier om disciplin, Durkheims moral auktoritet och sociala fakta, och Aronsons teorier om konformitet. Studien har visat att skolans disciplinära mål är lika viktig eller viktigare än skolans mål av att förmedla kunskap, och den visar att disciplineringen inte endast är något som sker mellan lärarna och eleverna, utan att skolan i sig är ett disciplinärt verktyg.

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2012. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
School, discipline, rearing, deviant behavior, conformity
Keyword [sv]
Skolan, disciplin, fostran, avvikande beteende, konformitet
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77188OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-77188DiVA: diva2:530465
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-02 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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