The right of all to inclusion in the learning process: Second language learners working in a technology workshop

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The right of all to inclusion in the learning process: Second language learners working in a technology workshop
Author(s) Hartsmar, Nanny ; Sandström, Maria
Date 2008
English abstract
With its background in research on the development of the second language and the language use of immigrant children as portrayed in political discourse, this article discusses the significance of the mother tongue in the access of newly-arrived pupils to teaching in school subjects while the development of their second language is in its earliest stages. The starting point for the project is a socio-cultural perspective of teaching and the development of knowledge, and that language is discourse. If one sees citizenship as an expressed goal of education with the aim of stimulating inclusion and critical thought, language plays a decisive role in how all voices can make themselves heard. Two preparatory classes in Malmö were invited to problem-solving work sessions in the technical workshop at the School of Education. The student teachers acted as supervisors and observers alternately, and documented the conversations that took place. Sequences of conversation were recorded for analysis. The study illuminates and problematises the content of the conversations during problem-solving, what initiatives to conversation are taken by pupils and students, what the possibilities of problem-solving using the mother tongue are, and what the pupils’ texts contain and if they are functional, in the sense that it is possible to understand what the pupil wants to mediate to the reader. Excerpts from the recordings show that both children and students use a variety of “strategies” in the conversations and this has a number of consequences for the processes of knowledge.
Publisher Lärarutbildningen, Malmö Högskola
Host/Issue Educare;3
ISSN 1653-1868
Pages 43-81
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) second language development
citizenship education
mother tongue
observations
socio-cultural learning
technology
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8202 (link to this page)

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