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Poromaa, Pär Isling – Education Inquiry, 2013
In Sweden, according to the present curriculum lower secondary schools are responsible for providing and tutoring all students in information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool in the search for knowledge and learning. In this article, it is proposed that schools have different preconditions to fulfil these obligations, depending upon…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Information Technology, Social Class
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Liberg, Caroline; Wiksten Folkeryd, Jenny; Af Geijerstam, Åsa – Education Inquiry, 2012
The focus in this article is the extent to which the school subject of Swedish in the new national curriculum in Sweden introduced in 2011 (compulsory school) has been updated in relation to ways of discussing mother tongue education. Discourse analysis is used to analyse the syllabus for Swedish from 2011. A comparison is made with the previous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Swedish, Native Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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Jakobson, Britt; Axelsson, Monica – Education Inquiry, 2012
In this article we examine teacher instruction on scientific literacy tasks and teacher expression of ultimate and subordinate purposes during one teaching sequence of a science unit. By using a Practical Epistemology Analysis and Systemic Functional Grammar we can provide a view of the direction learning takes and the consequences for student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Literacy
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Nylund, Mattias – Education Inquiry, 2012
Over the last few decades, less importance has been attached to the concept of class in educational policy and educational research. Due to the continued relevance of class in many educational contexts, this article argues that this trend is unfortunate, untimely and unwarranted, and that important questions are overlooked as a result. As a case…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Social Class, Educational Policy
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Nyroos, Mikaela; Korhonen, Johan; Linnanmäki, Karin; Svens-Liavåg, Camilla – Education Inquiry, 2012
The education systems in Sweden and Finland have different formal and informal testing traditions. A recognised possible adverse effect of testing is test anxiety among pupils and students which may have a negative impact on examination performance. Research into which factors of testing practice affect the levels of test anxiety in younger pupils…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Anxiety, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Fredriksen, Biljana C. – Education Inquiry, 2012
This article aims to illustrate how both physical and social factors influence possibilities for children's learning (meaning negotiation) in visual art contexts in early childhood education. The main discussion relates to teacher's responsibilities in providing physical and social contexts for such meaning negotiations. The processes I wish to…
Descriptors: Play, Art Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Granly, Astrid; Maagerø, Eva – Education Inquiry, 2012
This article provides an overview of the results of our project "The Kindergarten Room: A Multimodal Pedagogical Text". Our major initiative was to investigate what the multimodal texts in kindergarten represent and the extent to which they reflect and provide attributions to the children's activities. In addition, we wanted to…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Multimedia Materials, Semiotics, Classroom Environment
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Backman, Ylva; Alerby, Eva; Bergmark, Ulrika; Gardelli, Åsa; Hertting, Krister; Kostenius, Caterine; Öhrling, Kerstin – Education Inquiry, 2012
Managerial documents for the national school system in Sweden have emphasised taking students' voices as a starting point in forming education, and several previous studies have indicated the benefits of giving students opportunities to participate in school. This study aimed to explore students' reflections on what they would do if they were to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Environment, Student Attitudes
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Mendonça, Marta; Popov, Oleg; Frånberg, Gun-Marie; Cossa, Eugénia – Education Inquiry, 2012
The Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Mozambique is introducing new participative forms of pedagogical practices into the process of its current curriculum reform. This article presents a case study of the introduction of a student-centred approach at one department and discusses some of the lecturers' perceptions and experiences concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Centered Learning, Curriculum Development
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Mehdinezhad, Vali – Education Inquiry, 2012
This study examines university teaching and aims to understand more about university faculty members' sense of teaching efficacy criteria in the hope of providing insights for future strategies in faculty development training programme universities and colleges. This study uses a descriptive and correlational survey. The population of this study…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Sigrell, Anders – Education Inquiry, 2012
Mother-tongue teachers teach argumentation analysis. To this end, among other things, they use a stylistic meta-language, i.e. the tropes and figures of style, to analyse arguments as well as more aesthetic communication. The best-known trope is the metaphor. In this article it is argued that a more pragmatic view on the related figure metonymy…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Metalinguistics, Native Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Royce Sadler, D. – Education Inquiry, 2012
The terms assessment, evaluation and quality assurance have various interpretations in higher education. The first two, assessment and evaluation, share considerable conceptual ground and interconnected histories. Quality assurance, on the other hand, is a more recent development. The issue of academic achievement standards in particular has…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Quality Assurance, Higher Education, Academic Achievement
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Hedlin, Maria – Education Inquiry, 2012
In 1962 the Swedish Parliament decided on a school reform. Meritocracy and equal opportunity were important goals. However, these ideals were not applied to elementary school teacher education, where a sex quota policy favoured male applicants. In the parliamentary debate, a woman member of the Right Wing Party raised objections to the policy. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Education, Gender Bias
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Schwandt, Thomas A. – Education Inquiry, 2012
Notions of "quality," "standards" and "accountability" are ever-present in many societies around the world and, arguably, we would be hard pressed to journey through life without appeals of one kind or another to these ideas. Our everyday interactions with people and things reflect the fact that standards of various…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Standards, Accountability
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Østern, Anna-Lena – Education Inquiry, 2012
This article is based on a study of what contributes to the development of an aesthetic approach to supervision that might be identified in a choreographer's supervision of artists in a co-creative artistic production process. The theoretical framework consists of multimodal learning theory with a focus on semiotic mediation inspired by Jewitt,…
Descriptors: Supervision, Aesthetics, Artists, Learning Theories
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