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”Om man tar en tråkig bok så börjar den sova”: En kvalitativ intervjustudie av barn som läser för hundar i skolmiljö
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”If you Take a Boring Book it Starts to Sleep” : A Qualitative Interview Study of Children who Read to Dogs in a School Setting (English)
Abstract [en]

This two years master's thesis examines the experience of children who read to a dog. The theoretical framework is inspired by sociocultural theory developed by Roger Säljö and the concept carnival inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin. The sociocultural theory has been chosen because it emphasizes the role of practice, instruments and communication in learning and the concept carnival has been chosen to analyze the experience of reading to a dog.

The method used is qualitative interview and observation. A total of eight interviews and two observations when children read to a dog have been collected. One interview is with a teacher and seven interviews are with the children (six children participated and one child was interviewed twice). The method of analysis is a process in three stages where the first stage is to explore what the children say, the next stage examines the meaning of what is being said and the third stage understands it in relation to the theoretical framework and prior done research.

Important results are that most of the children participating in this thesis have a positive experience of reading to a dog. The children read to a dog in different rooms, at different times and the children read to several dogs. The instrument used was fiction books. Since the purpose was to read only to the dogs the role of the teacher who was in the room during the sessions was described by the children as passive. The observations showed a more active role where the teacher helped the children with difficult words. Most children pet the dog while reading and they gave the dog a treat afterwards.

The discussion of this thesis focuses on the role of the libraries. It also gives examples on how to develop reading to dogs and what studies can be done in the future. For the program to evolve more literacy activities can be incorporated and the role of the adult and the dog can be more active. This is a two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 100 p.
Keyword [en]
Libraries and Schools, Children - Books and Reading, Reading Promotion, Reading, Social Learning, Qualitative Research.
Keyword [sv]
Bibliotek och skola, Barn och böcker, Lästräning, Läsfrämjande verksamhet, Pedagogik - teori, filosofi, Kvalitativ metod.
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202158Local ID: 607OAI: diva2:631323
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-20 Created: 2013-06-20 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved

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