Skolkuratorers syn på ungas användande av sociala medier: Med en diskursteoretisk ansats
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
School social workers view on young people using social media : a study with a discourse theoretical approach (English)
Author: Josefin Gustavsson, Moa Osbäck
Title: School social workers view on young people using social media – a study with a discourse theoretical approach [Skolkuratorers syn på ungas användande av sociala medier – en studie med en diskursteoretisk ansats]
Supervisor: Anders Giertz
Assessor: Jan Petersson
The aim of this study is to investigate school social workers view on young people using social media. With this study we are intended to understand how discourses affect the interventions of school social workers. This study has a qualitative approach and contains seven interviews with school social workers and one social worker who responded through a written response document. The interviews were semi-structured to enable spontaneous reflections and to catch the essence of the respondent’s language in the context as a school social worker. As analytic method we used discourse analysis and Faircloughs three-dimensional framework for studying discourses. The theoretical basis of this study is the social constructonism which is a perspective to understand and explain how the world and its reality are constituted. Social constructionists assume that there is no objective truth and reality is a social construction.
The result of this study demonstrates how the school social workers are unable to determine whether the young people’s use of social media is positive or negative. The result demonstrates the phenomenon, social media, as much more complex to categorize in a positive or a negative way. Three different discourses were found in the language of the school social workers. The discourses which were revealed are: when do the social media become a school social problem, social media as a phenomenon of age and the ambition to normalize the young people in to an appropriate use of social media. In summary the third discourse is the most prominent one and it roots from the two other discourses. The school social workers are responsible to establish a favorable schooling for the students and therefore they also have a responsibility to establish the students in to the social order and its values.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 47 p.
School social work, student health, social media, youths, internet, discourse, discourse analysis
Skolsocialt arbete, elevhälsa, sociala medier, ungdomar, internet, diskurs, diskursanalys
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27197OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-27197DiVA: diva2:633390
Subject / course
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Giertz, Anders, Lektor
Petersson, Jan, Professor