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Functional coordination between present teaching and policy reform in Swedish science education
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SMED)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8036-6245
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SMED)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6764-954x
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Major policy changes make teachers reconsider how they teach. In Sweden, a new curriculum, a grading system, and national tests were introduced in science education in Year 6 (Y6) for the 2012/2013 academic year. After two years the national tests were made voluntary, and they ended the following year. In this longitudinal interview study we investigate what implications these reforms had for teachers’ teaching and assessment practices in science education. Interviews with 10 teachers over four subsequent years were analysed by applying Dewey’s notion of habits in order to explore how teachers coordinate between their teaching habits and new policies. The result show that teachers work to adjust their teaching practices in order to; make teaching transparent, deal with the experience of increased levels of stress, develop professionally in collective practices, and reconsider the teaching content and methods. Most strikingly, almost all the teachers accepted the reforms as a positive element in their professional work. In the last round of interviews, it was evident that, after the tests were taken away, teachers downplayed the significance of the national tests as a factor that changed their teaching and changed what they consider as good science education.

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2019.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-394677DiVA, id: diva2:1359337
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The 5th pragmatism colloquium on education and transaction 0ctober 8-9th 2019
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-09

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