Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Vad är meningen med värdegrunden?: Om svårigheten i att förena teori med praktik i värdegrundsarbetet i skolan
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Teacher Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What is the meaning of the core values? : About the difficulty in reconciling theory with practice when incorporating core values in school (English)
Abstract [en]

The topic of this essay is core value issues, how they are mediated in school and how they are practiced. I am investigating a problem concerning the existential worth of the core values-content for children, or in other words, the difficulty of reconciling the theory of the core values and their practice. This problem is portrayed by two stories. The aim of this work is to investigate how to combine the core values theory with its practice, in other words, make it meaningful. In my essay, I turn to recent research in the field to provide a background to my issue, and hereby further point to my problem. To further deepen the understanding of the problem, I use the professor and educator Eugene Matusov´s theory of dialogic pedagogy. Matusov, much inspired by Bahktin, asserts that all human communication is inherently dialogic. Based on this thesis I have tried to understand my problem and examine what possible solutions Matusov can contribute with.

What I have found is that core values practice, here illustrated by my stories and current research, is problematic because it very much is program-based. This tends to lead to correcting children's behavior through actions and prevention against bullying and abusive actions. This becomes the core values practice. Instead I argue based Matusov´s theory, that the core values practice ​​should rather have a broad democracy and community focus where norms, societal discourses and structures are examined in a joint effort. I also argue that meaning making and learning can, and aught to, be promoted through dialogic pedagogy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Core values, meaning making, dialogic pedagogy
Keyword [sv]
Värdegrund, meningsskapande, dialogisk pedagogik
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21286OAI: diva2:686475
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-12 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(497 kB)83 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 497 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Teacher Education
Educational Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 83 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 106 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link