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Skönlitteratur i de nationella proven: Gymnasieelevers val av texter och skrivuppgifter
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2007 (Swedish)In: Språk och kön i nutida och historiskt perspektiv: Studier presenterade vid Den sjätte nordiska konferensen om språk och kön, Uppsala 6-7 oktober 2006 / [ed] Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Sonja Entzenberg, Maria Ohlsson, Inst. för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet , 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Fiction in the national tests in Swedish – a gender question?

During the national tests in the school subject of Swedish the students at upper secondary level use a booklet with texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to read and write about. The project group constructing the tests try to make sure that there is an equal distribution between male and female authors.

The aim of this article is to study how female and male students choose among essay topics concerning literature and among literary texts at their disposal.

The most salient result is that female students much more often choose to write about literature, no matter what poems, short stories or novel chapters they are presented with. The proportion of male students increases if the main character in the text to work with is a boy or a man. However, the sex of the author seems to bear little importance for the students’ choice. Another result is that the students are influenced by the perspective in a poem they are asked to transform into a short story. If the poem is told in the first person, the student is likely to write her story in the first person. If the poem on the other hand is in the third person, most student also choose third person for their stories.

Other studies have shown that male students read less than their female classmates all through the school system. The conclusion of this study is that gender issues must be discussed more during lessons in Swedish to make readers of all pupils and students according to the goals in the national curriculum.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inst. för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet , 2007.
Skrifter / utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet, ISSN 0083-4661 ; 71
Keyword [en]
nationella prov, skönlitteratur, kön, gymnasiet
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15283ISBN: 978-91-506-1944-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15283DiVA: diva2:43054
Den sjätte nordiska konferensen om språk och kön, Uppsala 6-7 oktober 2006
Available from: 2008-02-08 Created: 2008-02-08 Last updated: 2012-02-01Bibliographically approved

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