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”Den ultimata boken finns inte, jag har letat i 30 år”: En studie om hur gymnasielärare i svenska arbetar med kvinnliga författare verksamma 1900−1940.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“The ultimate book does not exist, I’ve been searching for thirty years” : A study of how upper secondary school teachers of Swedish work with female authors writing in the period 1900−1940. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to investigate how upper secondary school teachers of Swedish

work with female authors writing in the period 1900–1940. The research questions concern

how upper secondary school teachers work with the female authors, how their

work interacts with steering documents and textbooks, whether the teachers show any

similarities and differences in their work, and how female authors are treated in the

textbooks and steering documents that are used. Semi-structured qualitative interviews

were conducted with three upper secondary school teachers and one textbook per teacher

was analysed together with the steering documents. The study reveals clear similarities

and differences in the teachers’ work. The teachers work chronologically, period

by period, and they deal with female authors in terms of a societal context, but they do

not think that the work with women has any intrinsic value. Textbooks and steering

documents have a central role to play in the teaching and are used together with other

teaching material. The textbooks have an over-representation of male authors and the

female authors are treated on their own, separated from the rest of the text and viewed

in relation to male authors. The textbooks maintain a gender system where the man is

the norm and the sexes are kept apart. The steering documents explicitly deal with

female authors to a small extent and are shown to dictate of fundamental principles for

what is considered valuable to consider in school work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Comparative literature, gender, literature teaching, modernism, steering documents, Swedish teaching, textbook analysis, upper secondary school.
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49514OAI: diva2:899822
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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