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Samhällskunskap som ämnesförståelse och undervisningsämne: Prioriteringar och nyhetsanvändning hos fyra gymnasielärare
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Subject Conceptions and Manifested Teaching in Social Studies : Four Upper Secondary School Teachers' Priorities and Use of News (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis seeks to contribute knowledge to how professional teachers in social studies express their subject conception, and its relation to the subject manifested in teaching. The data consists of 48 hours of observed teaching and interviews. A first sub-study shows that the teachers prioritise a content dominated by political science, which reveals a strong content tradition and nuances the picture of an unclear identity seen in the review of previous research. It is also found that the use of news is prominent.

The second sub-study confirms the theoretical assumption that the teachers’ conceptions are complex, seeking to harmonise both the internal academic goals and the external civil goals found in social studies. This complements previous research based on the written curriculum where the internal and external goals have been regarded as dichotomous.

The results of the third sub-study reveal how news is used in two ways, news coverage and news integration, where the teachers express knowledge aligned with their individual subject conception. However, the external goals tend to be less emphasised in the subject manifested in teaching in favour for the internal interim goals. Differences between news coverage and news integration are also found as news coverage seems to be more focused on civil goals.

A contribution with this study is that we now in Swedish research can talk about social studies teachers’ subject conception as a complex phenomenon. It also encourages a more precise conversation about social studies. A more precise vocabulary can enable teachers to develop their understanding of the relation between goals, content and teaching methods. Furthermore, the revelation of news and its relation to the teachers’ subject conception and teaching hopefully can inspire future explorations on news as a teaching tool.

Abstract [sv]

I avhandlingen beskrivs hur samhällskunskapsläraren förstår sitt ämne och vad det är för ämne som framträder genom undervisningen. Vilken kombination av målsättningar kommer till uttryck i lärarens ämnesförståelse respektive undervisning? Hur förhåller sig synen på innehåll och metoder till synen på målsättningarna? Betonas politiska och moraliska fostransmål respektive samhällsvetenskapliga akademiska kunskapsmål olika mycket hos olika lärare? Vilken funktion har nyheter i undervisningen och hur ser kopplingen ut mellan nyhetsanvändning och lärarens ämnesförståelse? Dessa frågor har studerats via intervjuer och klassrumsobservationer. Studien visar att kunskaps- och fostransmål kombineras av läraren, vilket kompletterar läroplansgrundade beskrivningar av ämnet där kunskap respektive fostran tenderar att ses som konkurrerande mål. Nyheter har en framskjuten plats och används för att uttrycka olika typer av kunskapsmål. Studien kan bidra till att det ämnesdidaktiska samtalet om samhällskunskap, och i synnerhet nyhetsanvändning i samhällskunskap, blir mer preciserat. Relationen mellan lärares tänkande och undervisning gör studien relevant också för en bredare publik som intresserar sig för undervisning i allmänhet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2016.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 9
Series
Örebro Studies in Educational Sciences with an Emphasis on Didactics, 13
Keyword [en]
teacher thinking, social studies, subject conceptions, teaching, internal and external goals
Keyword [sv]
ämnesdidaktik, samhällskunskapslärare, ämnesförståelse, undervisningsämne, nyhetsanvändning, interna och externa mål
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Pedagogical Work
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-39863ISBN: 978-91-7063-687-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-39863DiVA: diva2:902572
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2016-04-01, 9C203, Karlstad, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Avhandlingen är ett samarbete med Örebro universitet och forskarskola Utbildningsvetenskap med inrikning mot didaktik arrangerad av Örebro universitet.   

Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2017-03-07Bibliographically approved

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