Paying It Forward - An action-based investigation of possible uses of texts in an English classroom

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Publication Student thesis
Title Paying It Forward - An action-based investigation of possible uses of texts in an English classroom
Author(s) Larsson, Caroline ; Hansson Nygren, Sara
Date 2010
English abstract
This dissertation aims to explore how we, as teachers, can use texts and develop ways of working with texts in an English classroom with an eighth grade class. The syllabus states that different texts should be implemented but it does not express how this could or should be done. In this particular study we engaged in action research where we planned, carried out and evaluated a lesson series involving three different texts related to the same content, namely the story of Pay It Forward. The evaluation took the form of a triangulation of observations, a questionnaire and four interviews. We engaged a class from the eighth grade in the evaluation of the project since teaching and learning are intertwined. The evaluation of this project indicated that it might be beneficial to use three different texts and text types, related to the same content. It might also be beneficial to take the students‟ literary repertoires into consideration when choosing what texts to use. Another factor that we think should affect the choice of texts is the students‟ thoughts on their preferred way of input. Through the evaluation of the project we have also seen possible benefits of working with assignments in connection to the texts. To include a variety of assignments might help the students to develop the four different skills, reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) texts
action research
multimodal texts
learning styles
English
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9475 (link to this page)

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