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Överinvesterarna: En studie av avancerade språkelever i gymnasieskolan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Over-investors – a study of advanced language pupils in the upper secondary school.  The thesis examines the advanced study of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) from a sociological point of view, inspired by Bourdieu.  Founded in official statistics and a specially designed survey its main findings can be said to be that it is mainly pupils with a high amount of acquired educational capital from higher social backgrounds who avail themselves of this opportunity, predominantly girls. The amount of inherited language and transnational capital in the family seems to be of particular importance for the pupils’ choice of advanced language studies. French, German and Spanish are the predominant languages of study. Advanced courses in MFL are almost exclusively taught at elite schools, rich in symbolic capital.

Abstract [sv]

Överinvesterarna - en studie av avancerade språkelever i gymnasieskolan. Studien fokuserar det avancerade studiet av moderna språk från en sociologisk utgångspunkt inspirerad av Bourdieu. Den baseras på offentlig statistik och en särskilt framtagen enkätstudie. Dess huvudsakliga fynd kan sammanfattningsvis sägas vara att det är framförallt elever med en myckenhet av egenförvärvat utbildningskapital från de högre sociala grupperna som satsar på avancerade språkstudier, framförallt flickor. Mängden ärvt språk- och transnationellt kapital i familjen tycks vara särskilt viktigt för elevers val att investera i avancerade språkstudier. Franska, tyska och spanska är de mest frekvent studerade språken. Avancerade språkstudier ges nästan uteslutande vid elitskolor som innehar en myckenhet av symboliskt kapital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 111 p.
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, 2013vt00572
Keyword [en]
Language capital, education capital, modern foreign languages, advanced study, upper secondary school, investment, strategy
Keyword [sv]
Språkkapital, investering, gymnasiet, avancerade språkstudier, utbildningskapital, strategi
National Category
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-200841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-200841DiVA: diva2:625079
Subject / course
Sociology of Education
Educational program
Masterprogram i utbildningsvetenskap
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Språken, skolan, samhället 1960-2010
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-06-04Bibliographically approved

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