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Student Teachers and Values in Textbooks for Early Reading
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9015-311X
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In many countries there is a specific subject for the teaching of citizenship, as an element of the curriculum. In Sweden, in contrast, all school activity should be carried out in accordance with fundamental values stipulated in the Education Act and all who work in school should uphold these values, no matter what subject. Therefore, the values transmitted in textbooks also constitute an important medium for conveying fundamental values. The aim of our project is twofold. Firstly, we want to look for the “ideal citizen”, as described by Durkheim, in children’s basals for early reading. With reference to the concept of “political literacy”, as denominated by Crick, we will get a combination of education in general literacy together with the fostering of “political literacy”. Secondly, we see a possibility to engage our teacher training students in a minor research project with the aim to describe and analyze the fundamental values and picture of the “ideal citizen” as described in the early basals. We gave a group of students (20 students who worked in pairs) the task to analyze some of the most widely used text books for early reading education with a focus on moral virtues. Their findings indicated obedience, punctuality, honesty, respect, politeness and helpfulness as qualities describing the “ideal citizen”. However, they also found that all of the books depicted a mono-cultural setting, a very blurred description of social classes revealing a middle-class perspective, and outspoken, conservative gender roles. The study is the first step of a planned project aiming at comparing Swedish, Kenyan and, hopefully, textbooks from some other countries. 

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2011.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14762DiVA: diva2:457440
Conference
IACSEE, Bath, Great Britatin, June 28-30
Available from: 2011-11-17 Created: 2011-11-17 Last updated: 2012-01-22Bibliographically approved

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