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Adaptation and resistance: washback effects of the national test on upper secondary Swedish teaching
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9854-517X
Karlstad University.
2020 (English)In: Curriculum Journal, ISSN 0958-5176, E-ISSN 1469-3704Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study examines the washback effects of a national test in Swedish at upper secondary schools. The test consists of three parts-reading, writing and speaking-and this study specifically focuses on the washback effects in relation to Stephen Ball's theory of policy enactment. The study draws on qualitative data from a total of 21 interviews conducted with five teachers of Swedish in upper secondary education in a series of four individual interviews and a concluding group interview. The results indicate that the reading comprehension test has had little washback effect on reading instruction whereas the writing and the oral tests seem to have had a substantial washback effect. The teachers also exhibit what Ball refers to as resistance and capitulation in relation to the national test, and to the reading comprehension test in particular.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2020.
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washback effects, policy, Swedish as a school subject, national tests, upper secondary school
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Education and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-32232DOI: 10.1002/curj.31ISI: 000512155600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079127815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-32232DiVA, id: diva2:1414280
Available from: 2020-03-12 Created: 2020-03-12 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved

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