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Barns flerspråkighetsutveckling: Hur föräldrar till flerspråkiga barn tänker kring flerspråkighet i hem och förskola samt hur deras tankar och upplevelser tas tillvara på förskolan
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Teacher Education.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Teacher Education.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of our study is to interpret and understand the experiences that parents to multilingual children have towards multilingualism in pre-school. We are also interested in finding out what these parents think about their children’s development in multilingualism both in pre-school and at home.


Our study is based on qualitative interviews. We interviewed nine families that have multilingual children in pre-school.  The data we collected from our interviews has been analyzed using socio-cultural and inter-cultural theories along with previous research.


The result of our study showed that parents to multilingual children have both positive and negative opinions about the multilingual concept. Most of our informants had positive opinions about multilingualism in general. At the same time they all had concerns about what multilingualism can do for the linguistic development of their children. Because of the negative opinion our parents have towards multilingualism in pre-school, everyone but one parent said that they would decline the possibility for their child to participate in mother tongue or first language activities in pre-school. We reach a conclusion that one important thing that needs to improve in order for these parent not to worry about their children’s linguistic development is the collaboration between pre-school and the parents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Multilingualism, interculturalism, mother tongue, first language
Keyword [sv]
Flerspråkighet, interkulturalitet, modersmål, förstaspråk
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25785OAI: diva2:778628
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-11 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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