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  • 51. Ahrne, Malin
    et al.
    Schytt, Erica
    Andersson, Ewa
    Small, Rhonda
    Adan, Aisha
    Essén, Birgitta
    Byrskog, Ulrika
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Antenatal care for Somali-born women in Sweden: Perspectives from mothers, fathers and midwives2019In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 74, p. 107-115Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To explore Somali-born parents' experiences of antenatal care in Sweden, antenatal care midwives´ experiences of caring for Somali-born parents, and their respective ideas about group antenatal care for Somali-born parents.

    DESIGN: Eight focus group discussions with 2-8 participants in each were conducted, three with Somali-born mothers, two with fathers and three with antenatal care midwives. The transcribed text was analysed using Attride-Stirling´s tool "Thematic networks".

    SETTING: Two towns in mid-Sweden and a suburb of the capital city of Sweden.

    PARTICIPANTS: Mothers (n = 16), fathers (n = 13) and midwives (n = 7) were recruited using purposeful sampling.

    FINDINGS: Somali-born mothers and fathers in Sweden were content with many aspects of antenatal care, but they also faced barriers. Challenges in the midwife-parent encounter related to tailoring of care to individual needs, dealing with stereotypes, addressing varied levels of health literacy, overcoming communication barriers and enabling partner involvement. Health system challenges related to accessibility of care, limited resources, and the need for clear, but flexible routines and supportive structures for parent education. Midwives confirmed these challenges and tried to address them but sometimes lacked the support, resources and tools to do so. Mothers, fathers and midwives thought that language-supported group antenatal care might help to improve communication, provide mutual support and enable better dialogue, but they were concerned that group care should still allow privacy when needed and not stereotype families according to their country of birth.

    KEY CONCLUSIONS: ANC interventions targeting inequalities between migrants and non-migrants may benefit from embracing a person-centred approach, as a means to counteract stereotypes, misunderstandings and prejudice. Group antenatal care has the potential to provide a platform for person-centred care and has other potential benefits in providing high-quality antenatal care for sub-groups that tend to receive less or poor quality care. Further research on how to address stereotypes and implicit bias in maternity care in the Swedish context is needed.

  • 52.
    Akeza, Audrey
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Hamidi, Romina
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Hur sjuksköterskor identifierar smärta hos patienter med demenssjukdom på särskilt boende - En litteraturöversikt2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Pain is a major problem in nursing homes. Dementia is a disease that causes humans lose their ability to communicate their pain to their surroundings. People with dementia express their pain through behavioral changes because they can’t verbalize their pain experiences. As a consequence of this leads to that dementia patients are not receiving adequate pain management.

    Aim: The aim of this study is to explore how nurses identify pain in dementia patients in nursing homes.

    Method: The study was conducted as a literature survey. In total, 15 articles were used in this study that consists of both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Articles have been sought in the databases Cinhal and PubMed.

    Results: The results of this study shows that according to nurses is pain identification among dementia patients an extreme challenge and requires more knowledge. Patients with mild to moderate dementia can self-report their pain to a certain extent. The most useful clues to discovering pain among dementia patients who are limited in their speaking skills is to observe facial expressions, body language and behavior changes.

    Conclusion: The authors conclude that it is important to create and develop a relationship between caregivers and demented patients. This is to get to know the patient and knowing his usual habits and behavior changes as to facilitate the identification of pain

  • 53.
    Akhter, Halima
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Akter, Dalia
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Mapping of midwifery education sites in Dhaka division, and presentation of acceptable and feasible requirements for a national accreditation toolkit: A questionnaire study among midwifery faculty2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    Extensive demands are placed on midwives in their professional role. The midwifery education is obligated to answer to these professional requirements. ountry specific, feasible and acceptable accreditation toolkit for institution/collages/universities is, therefore, relevant to develop.

    Objective:

    The objective was to map the existing situation of the midwifery education sites in Dhaka division and to explore acceptable and feasible requirements to be included in an accreditation toolkit for Bangladesh.

    Methods:

    A questionnaire study with open and closed response alternatives was used.

    Results

    : Six nursing diploma institute and one nursing college were included in the mapping. The theory in relation to practice (theory/practice) in the education was 40%/60% for 5 institution/colleges and 50%/50% for one institute. Both qualitative open questions and closed questions based on ICM Global standards revealed that the acceptable and feasible requirements for a nationwide accreditation tool for midwifery educations needs clearly written admission and student policies, supportive staffs and formally prepared and globally oriented competent unbiased teachers who maintain their standard by participating in professional development activities.

    Conclusion:

    Implementing globally standard accreditation tool for educating and training competent midwives is not a far-fetched idea in the context of Bangladesh. The clinical applicability of this essay lies in the fact that competent midwives can profoundly provide suggestions for improvements of midwifery educations with support of an accreditation tool.

  • 54.
    Akhter, Nargis
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Akhter, Jasmine
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Component that make a midwife grow personally and professionally: A qualitative meta-synthesis2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    Midwifery care is an essential component of providing quality maternal and child health care. Mother and new born health outcomes depends on the quality of education, license to practice, the scope of practice, sufficient resources, referral mechanisms and effective teamwork. The aim of this meta-synthesis was to describe components building midwifery professionalism for delivery of quality care. Method: This study was a meta-synthesis focusing to describe the components needed for building midwifery professionalism for delivery of quality care in high, low and middle-income countries. After assessing for relevance and quality in peer-reviewed journals, 30 qualitative studies were included from 2009 to 2018, written in English. This involved an electronic search using the following databases: PubMed, CINAHL, web of Science, Google Scholar, Summon and manually search. Result: After analysis and synthesis, the major findings can be summarized in two components; Clinical experiences make the midwives’ grow personally and professionally and an enabling environment enhances the midwives’ personal and professional development. Subcategories were; Collaboration with other health professionals and with colleges/ colleagues at the workplace, Extensive hands on clinical experience, Professional management of the workplace, Quality pre-service education and quality of the midwifery educators, In-service training, Policies and guidelines regulate the midwifery workforce, Being a member of a midwifery association. Conclusion: To ensure mothers quality midwifery care; midwives play a critical role in strengthening the midwifery workforce in high and low-middle income countries. This study highlights the benefits of building capacity for strengthening midwives and the midwifery profession. Clinical implications: There is a need to improving the educational status, improving policy and practice of health care program and facilitate the necessary resources. There is need for further research to identify how much improvements the newly deployed midwifery cadre service will bring in the field of quality midwifery care personally and professionally especially in rural setting.

  • 55.
    Akhter, Shirina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Begum, Momtaz
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions in relation to family planning among future midwives in Bangladesh: A quantitative study among midwifery students2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through the use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. It secures the well-being and autonomy of women while supporting the health and development of the communities. A midwife can support people having family planning facilities and thus reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and unnecessary interventions, and improve psychosocial and public health.

    Objective:

    The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions towards family planning among future midwives in Bangladesh.

    Methods:

    A cross-sectional study was conducted among final year midwifery students (n=141) of 16 public midwifery nursing institutes and colleges of Bangladesh. A structured questionnaire was used and data analyzed by descriptive statistics in Excel.

    Results:

    Almost all respondents agreed on the statement that women should be treated with respect when seeking family planning services. One third disagreed or strongly disagreed that unmarried women should abstain rather than use family planning. Almost half of the respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that women should be free to choose if and when they want to become a pregnant. Majority of the respondents had inadequate knowledge about effectiveness regarding different FP methods and misconceptions regarding hormonal family planning methods.

    Conclusion:

    This study showed that diverse attitudes related to family planning and women’s right to access family planning services exist among future midwives. The study also found misconceptions regarding side effects of family planning methods and inadequate knowledge regarding effectiveness and appropriateness of different family planning methods.

    Clinical implications:

    To increase knowledge, midwifery curriculum should have a special emphasis on the effectiveness of different contraceptive methods and effects of hormonal contraceptives, and particularly the link to clinical practice. Value clarification training can be a way to address attitudes in relation to family planning. Further qualitative research should be conducted to gain a deeper understanding of midwifery students’ attitudes and perceptions.

  • 56.
    Aktar, Renoara
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Yesmin, Syeada
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Mapping of five midwifery education sites in Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions And Acceptable and feasible requirements perceived by the nursing instructors for development of an accreditation toolkit: A questionnaire study2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    High demands are placed on midwives in their professional role. The midwifery education is obligated to answer to these professional requirements. Country specific, feasible and acceptable requirement accreditation toolkit for institution/collages/universities to achieve is therefore relevant to develop. This study is part of a survey mapping 25 midwifery education sites in seven divisions in Bangladesh. This is to provide a baseline assessment for possible requirement for the ongoing development of an accreditation toolkit for institutes and collages providing midwifery education.

    Objective:

    The objective was twofold. First, to map five midwifery education sites in Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions as a baseline in the process of developing an accreditation toolkit in Bangladesh. Secondly, to explore nursing instructors’ suggestions of acceptable and feasible requirements for an accreditation toolkit for midwifery education in Bangladesh.

    Methods:

    The design was a questionnaire study. The total number of participants was 36. Data was collected through a semi-structured questionnaire with both open and closed response options, which were analyzed through essentially non-parametric statistics and systematic text condensation.

    Results

    : The mapping showed that the students enrolled at the midwifery programs were young, being lectured by comparably few faculty members compared to the number of students, a faculty with an extensive experience of nursing but with less experience in midwifery. Suggestions for the development of an accreditation toolkit were that the assessor should be Bangladeshi, and that posts for clinical teachers and mentors should be one assessment criteria. Further findings showed that 40 normal births were less important to achieve in core competences for midwifery students than other requirements related to midwifery skills.

    Conclusion:

    An accreditation tool can" close the gap" between the curricula in text and implementation of the same. Mapping of existing education sites amongst partners provides a potential for development of a Bangladeshi national and a global midwifery education accreditation toolkit. The clinical applicability of this essay lies in a development of an accreditation tool that can support institutes to achieve the goal that a Midwifery Diploma curriculum is being implemented that support student’s learning, and the goal that the students will become "Midwives" according to global standards and ICM definition.

  • 57.
    Akter, Rina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Parvin, Masuda
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Supportive components of care during cesarean section birth: A qualitative meta-synthesis2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    : Caesarean section is the most common surgery worldwide today. The midwives support is therefore of uttermost important for women undergoing caesarean section. Aim: The aim of the meta-synthesis was to explore the experience related to planned and unplanned cesarean sections among primipara and multipara women in hospital settings worldwide. Method: This study is a meta-synthesis with meta-ethnographic analysis on women’s experiences of caesarean section birth. This is a qualitative research based on scientific literature. The inclusion criterion was peer-review qualitative articles from different original articles about women's experiences. Results: Five categories emerged: Caring attitude and behaviour, pre-existing imagination, relational influence, the need for caring and information. The findings suggest that nurse-midwife enhance their support and increase the women’s knowledge on caesarean section birth in order to improve the experience and also for women to make good choices. Women are influenced by people near to them when choosing to have a cesarean section or not. The mothers face challenges for postoperative recovery and quality of care. Midwives have a duty to assist these mothers. Conclusion: The findings emphasize the importance of person-centered communication skills and relationships in supporting a woman during caesarian section. Organizational systems and services that facilitate continuity of care giver for example, continuity of midwifery care or peer support models, are more likely to facilitate supportive care and a trust-building relationship. Clinical implication: The findings from this study can be used for educational purposes, and to create awareness about the role of midwifery care in relation to CS.

  • 58.
    Akter, Rina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Parvin, Masuda
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Supportive components of care during cesarean section birth: A qualitative meta-synthesis2018Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Caesarean section is the most common surgery worldwide today. The midwives support is therefore of uttermost important for women undergoing caesarean section. Aim: The aim of the meta-synthesis was to explore the experience related to planned and unplanned cesarean sections among primipara and multipara women in hospital settings worldwide. Method: This study is a meta-synthesis with meta-ethnographic analysis on women’s experiences of caesarean section birth. This is a qualitative research based on scientific literature. The inclusion criterion was peer-review qualitative articles from different original articles about women's experiences. Results: Five categories emerged: Caring attitude and behaviour, pre-existing imagination, relational influence, the need for caring and information. The findings suggest that nurse-midwife enhance their support and increase the women’s knowledge on caesarean section birth in order to improve the experience and also for women to make good choices. Women are influenced by people near to them when choosing to have a cesarean section or not. The mothers face challenges for postoperative recovery and quality of care. Midwives have a duty to assist these mothers. Conclusion: The findings emphasize the importance of person-centered communication skills and relationships in supporting a woman during caesarian section. Organizational systems and services that facilitate continuity of care giver for example, continuity of midwifery care or peer support models, are more likely to facilitate supportive care and a trust-building relationship. Clinical implication: The findings from this study can be used for educational purposes, and to create awareness about the role of midwifery care in relation to CS.

  • 59.
    Akther, Aklima
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Naher, Kalsarun
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sexual Reproductive Perinatal Health.
    Parent’s perceptions experiences and attitudes about kangaroo mother care in neonatal wards: A qualitative meta-synthesis2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    The knowledge of facility-based kangaroo mother care (KMC) in Bangladesh is comparatively recent; few facilities have been taking steps towards KMC service. Each year more than a million babies die due to the complication of prematurity. To eliminate the deaths due to prematurity, it is very important to share knowledge about the implementation, experiences, challenges and barriers for KMC practice to promote KMC intervention in the developing countries. Aim: To examine parents’ perceptions, experiences and attitude towards KMC in neonatal wards. Method: This study was a meta-synthesis focusing on parents’ perceptions and experiences of KMC. The included studies used several different qualitative methodologies compiled using Meta ethnography. Result: The results comprised of three categories were identified in this study. The First category was the Barriers towards KMC. This category comprised four preliminary patterns of parent’s perceptions of barriers to have KMC: Separating due to prematurity, Fear of harming, Pain prevented closeness, and Fear prevented closeness. The second category was facilitating factors for KMC, which covered parents’ experiences of the consult support expressed in four preliminary patterns: Own wish for closeness, Having positive experience and Support from the staff. The third category Benefits for KMC included three preliminary patterns of positive perceptions of KMC made by parents: Calming, warming and bonding, connecting with the premature baby and Being able to act as a parent. Conclusion: In this meta-synthesis, the main findings were realized into three categories of KMC- Barriers towards KMC, facilitating factors of KMC, Benefits of KMC. This is a low-cost and effectiveness method of reducing infant mortality. Clinical implications: Health care professionals have opportunities to implement Kangaroo Mother Care in low resource settings. First health care professionals have to be encouraged in all postnatal wards. Secondly, parents need to be aware about KMC so that they can promote their baby’s health and eventually save their baby’s life.

  • 60.
    Akum, Bertha
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Rusu, Violeta
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Patientens berättelse i mötet med sjuksköterskan ipsykiatrisk vård En litteraturstudie2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: är att beskriva vad det är som påverkar patientens berättelse i mötet medsjuksköterskan. Metod: Designen har en kvalitativ ansats. De valde studiernakvalitetsgranskades och analyserades enligt Friberg. Databaser som användes för sökning avlitteratur var: PubMed, Cinahl, PsycINFO, Wiley Online Library och Web of Science.Artiklarna skulle vara kvalitativa, skrivna på engelska eller svenska och vara tillgängliga ifulltext. I studien har även rapporter och systematiska översikter inkluderas. Åtta kvalitativaartiklar användes. Resultat: Fyra teman identifierades: patientens upplevelser i relation medsjuksköterskan, patientens berättelse och narrativa ramverk för att förstå upplevelsen av sinsjukdom, patientens uppfattning om terapeutiska relationer samt kommunikation mellanpatient och sjuksköterska. Slutsats: Att patienten inte berättar sin berättelse i mötet medsjuksköterska beror på patientens upplevelser och uppfattningar. Dessutom beror det på vilkakommunikationsfärdigheter sjuksköterskan förmedlar i mötet med patienten. Den miljön debefinner sig, till exempel sjukhus, har inverkan på patientens berättelse i mötet medsjuksköterskan. Lika viktigt är interaktionsprocessen mellan sjuksköterskan och patienten,när de ses som individer, inte som sjuksköterska och patient. Genom att förstå en personsunika upplevelse kan sjuksköterskor uppfatta och med en vårdande relation hjälpa till medkomplexiteten och rikedomen i en persons individuella väg mot återhämtning.

  • 61.
    Al Zoghbi, Amal
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Lärares organisering av matematikundervisning i förståelse av matematiska problem: En intervjustudie om hur lärare organiserar sin undervisning för att elever ska förstå matematiska problem2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med den här studien är att undersöka hur lärare organiserar sin matematikundervisning för att elever ska förstå matematiska problem. Undersökningen har genomförts med hjälp av intervjuer av sex verksamma grundskolelärare i matematikämnet. Undersökningen har en utgångspunkt av Polyas (1973) fem moduler övning som framgår i första fasen i problemlösningsprocessen vilka är att hjälpa eleven, frågor, rekommendationer och intellektuella arbetssätt, common sense, generalisera och lärare och elever och imitation och. Resultaten visar att lärare hjälper elever att förstå matematiska problem genom samspel, arbete med en mångfald arbetssätt och genom att förankra problem med elevers verklighet. Lärare skapar förutsättningar för att elever ska självständigt förstå matematiska problem genom att generalisera arbetssätten och visa att det råder samband i matematiska problem. Resultaten visar att en del av lärares strävan till generalisering som ska hjälpa elever till ett självständigt förhållningssätt uppnås inte i den utsträckning som de tänker sig. Resultaten visar även att lärare försöker ta vara på elevers egna nivå och förankrar matematiska problem med verkliga situationer för att hjälpa dem i sin utveckling i förståelsen av matematiska problem. Trots detta kan lärare möta svårigheter att nå till elevers egentliga nivå. Därutöver visar resultat att trots lärares hjälp kan elever ha svårt att tänka utifrån ett sunt förnuft vilket hämmar förståelsen av matematiska problem.

  • 62.
    Al Zoghbi, Amal
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Problemlösning i matematik: En litteraturstudie om svårigheter i problemlösning i matematik för elever i grundskolans tidiga åldrar2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Elevers problemlösningsförmåga uppmärksammas i PISA undersökningar som visar att svenska elever inte uppnår goda resultat inom området. Problemlösning är en viktig färdighet som elever behöver i och utanför skolan. Problemlösning har förekommit sedan flera decennier tillbaka i skolans kursplan i matematik.

    Syftet med den här studien är att få kunskap om svårigheter elever kan ha när de arbetar med problemlösning i matematik i grundskolans tidiga skolår och, om så möjligt, vilka orsaker som kan påverka dessa svårigheter. Resultaten visar att språkfärdigheter som läsförmåga, förståelseförmåga, läsflyt samt det matematiska tänkandet påverkar elevers förmåga att förstå och lösa matematiska problem. Likaså är färdigheter i matematiska ord och begrepp samt matematisk text- och talförståelse väsentliga. Språk- och problemlösningsfärdigheter främjas av färdigheterna i tänkandet som har sin grund i språket. Resultaten visar även att kognitiva faktorer och föräldrars utbildningsnivå är orsaker som kan ha en inverkan på elevers förmågor i förståelsen och lösningen av problemlösningsuppgifter. Slutsatserna som dras i den här studien är att språkfärdigheter och kognitiva faktorer är de mest dominerande i de svårigheter elever kan ha i arbetet med problemlösning. Förståelsen av det matematiska problemet utgör den viktigaste delen i problemlösningsprocessen som beskrivs av matematikern George Polya och består av en fyra stegs process. Ytterligare en slutsats som dras i studien är lärarens roll och undervisningens upplägg som utgör en viktig del i elevers förståelse av matematiska problem samt förmågan att lösa dem. Metoden som har använts till den här studien är en systematisk litteraturstudie där sökningar på svenska och engelska efter vetenskaplig forskning har genomförts i olika databaser.

  • 63.
    Al Zoghbi, Amal
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Problemlösning i matematik: En litteraturstudie om svårigheter i problemlösning i matematik för elever i grundskolans tidiga åldrar2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Elevers problemlösningsförmåga uppmärksammas i PISA undersökningar som visar att svenska elever

    inte uppnår goda resultat inom området. Problemlösning är en viktig färdighet som elever behöver i

    och utanför skolan. Problemlösning har förekommit sedan flera decennier tillbaka i skolans kursplan i

    matematik.

    Syftet med den här studien är att få kunskap om svårigheter elever kan ha när de arbetar med

    problemlösning i matematik i grundskolans tidiga skolår och, om så möjligt, vilka orsaker som kan

    påverka dessa svårigheter. Resultaten visar att språkfärdigheter som läsförmåga, förståelseförmåga,

    läsflyt samt det matematiska tänkandet påverkar elevers förmåga att förstå och lösa matematiska

    problem. Likaså är färdigheter i matematiska ord och begrepp samt matematisk text- och talförståelse

    väsentliga. Språk- och problemlösningsfärdigheter främjas av färdigheterna i tänkandet som har sin

    grund i språket. Resultaten visar även att kognitiva faktorer och föräldrars utbildningsnivå är orsaker

    som kan ha en inverkan på elevers förmågor i förståelsen och lösningen av problemlösningsuppgifter.

    Slutsatserna som dras i den här studien är att språkfärdigheter och kognitiva faktorer är de mest

    dominerande i de svårigheter elever kan ha i arbetet med problemlösning. Förståelsen av det

    matematiska problemet utgör den viktigaste delen i problemlösningsprocessen som beskrivs av

    matematikern George Polya och består av en fyra stegs process. Ytterligare en slutsats som dras i

    studien är lärarens roll och undervisningens upplägg som utgör en viktig del i elevers förståelse av

    matematiska problem samt förmågan att lösa dem. Metoden som har använts till den här studien är en

    systematisk litteraturstudie där sökningar på svenska och engelska efter vetenskaplig forskning har

    genomförts i olika databaser.

  • 64.
    Alanko, Eira
    Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Delivery care in Quang Ninh province, Northern Vietnam: resources and access to safe care.2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Every mother and child has the right to survive childbirth which requires skilled birth attendants together with referral and available emergency obstetric care (EmOC). The objective of the study was to describe delivery care routines at different levels in the health care system in Quang Ninh province, Northern Vietnam. The design was cross sectional using a structured questionnaire. Two districts in Quang Ninh province with 40 Community Health Centres (CHC), three district hospitals and one region hospital was included in the study, in total 138 (CHC n=105 and hospitals n=33) health care providers participated. In our study 20% (CHC) of the health care providers assisting deliveries at CHC were midwives and health care provider’s in our study further report to have assisted at less then 10 deliveries/year (81% of respondents at CHC). Findings show that the health care provider’s routines and care for women during labour and delivery vary and that there is a need for re-training and that women in labour should be cared for by health care providers with adequate training like midwifery. In our study CHC had poor resources to provide basic or comprehensive EmOC. Our findings indicate that there is a need for re-training in delivery care among health care providers and since the number of deliveries at CHC is few they should be handled by someone who is a skilled birth attendant. Our findings also show a variation in care routines during labour and delivery among health care providers at CHC and hospital levels and this also show the need for re-training and support from proper authorities in order to improve maternal and newborn health.

  • 65.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Forskning om skriftspråksundervisning i förskola, förskoleklass och skolans tidigare år2015In: SCIRA Läsning, ISSN 0349-9855, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 4-8Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 66.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Forskning som stöd i professionaliseringen av lärarna2008In: Pedagogiskt arbete: Ett forskningsämne i utveckling vid IPD / [ed] Rönnerman, Karin; Runesson, Ulla, Göteborg: Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, Göteborgs universitet , 2008, p. 9-24Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 67.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Förskollärares och grundskollärares uppfattningar om undervisning och lärande i förskoleklass2017In: Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, ISSN 1401-6788, E-ISSN 2001-3345, Vol. 22, no 1-2, p. 79-100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna studie undersöks två lärarkategoriers, förskollärares och lärares, uppfattningar om undervisning och lärande i förskoleklassen, mötet mellan de båda lärargrupperna samt deras uppfattningar om en obligatorisk förskoleklass med en tydligare skolförberedande roll. Studien är genomförd utifrån sociokulturell teori och diskuterar möjligheter som studiens resultat öppnar för vad gäller utvecklandet av förskoleklassens pedagogik i enlighet med önskade intentioner. Resultatet visar att samverkan mellan förskollärare och lärare med bakgrund i de olika praktikgemenskaperna kan vara av betydelse för utvecklandet av förskoleklassens skolförberedande pedagogik.

  • 68.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Har lärare i förskoleklass nytta av att känna till vilka processer barn går igenom i sin skriftspråkliga utveckling?2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Teoretiskt ramverk

    Studier visar att uppemot 30 procent av eleverna i förskoleklassen redan vid starten av höstterminen kan ha knäckt den alfabetiska koden (Lundberg et al., 2012). Samtidigt vet man att andra barn inte är lika förtrogna med skriftspråket, vilket främst gäller barn från utbildningsmässigt mindre gynnade hemförhållanden (t.ex. Hansen, Rosén, & Gustafsson, 2004) och barn som möter läs- och skrivinlärningen på ett språk som inte är deras (Aukrust & Rydland, 2009). Forskning visar att dessa barn har extra stor fördel av tidiga insatser i förskola, förskoleklass och tidiga skolår (Europeiska Unionen, 2006). För lärare i förskoleklass utgör denna spridning av elevers skriftspråkliga förmåga en utmaning då de behöver ha kunskaper att möta och stimulera varje elevs lärande oavsett var de befinner sig i sin språkliga utveckling.

    För att läraren ska ha möjlighet att hjälpa och stötta eleven vidare i sitt lärande, behöver han eller hon känna till både elevens faktiska och proximala utvecklingszon (Vygotskij, 1987), vilket utgör teoretiskt ramverk för föreliggande studie. Detta innebär att förskoleklassens lärare behöver grundläggande kunskap om processer och förmågor i barns skriftspråksutveckling. Läraren behöver också vara medveten om hur läs- och skrivaktiviteter i den pedagogiska verksamheten bi­drar till elevernas skriftspråkliga lärande. Studier har visat att förskollärare lägger grunden för barns språkliga medvetenhet men att de inte har lika stor kännedom om elevernas läs- och skrivlärande (Fast, 2007; Ivarsson, 2008). I förskollärarutbildningen ingår traditionellt sett relativt lite kurser om läsinlärning (Frank, 2009).

    Studiens design   Samtliga lärare i förskoleklass (n=23) i en kommun i Sverige medverkar i ett tvåårigt projekt med interventionsforskning. Interventionen består av föreläsningar om språkets strukturer, språklig medvetenhet, avkodning, läsflyt, läsförståelse samt bedömning av läsförmåga. Efter varje föreläsning genomför lärarna med sina elever två praktiska uppdrag som anknyter till föreläsningen. Uppdragen följs av kollegiala samtal i smågrupper under ledning av en specialpedagog för att knyta ihop teori och praktik. Lärarnas kunskapsutveckling bedöms genom återkommande intervjuer med åtta lärare under forskningsprocessen. Dessutom genomförs observationer av kollegiala samtal för att undersöka och beskriva lärarnas lärande och erfarenheter i samband med de genomförda uppdragen. Syftet med denna studie är att belysa förskollärares erfarenheter av att kartlägga och bedöma den skriftspråkliga förmågan hos elever i förskoleklass. Forskningsfrågorna är följande:

    • Vilka upptäckter i elevers läsutveckling gör förskollärare?

    • Hur uppger lärarna att deras upptäckter och erfarenheter inverkar på deras undervisning?

    Preliminära resultat Det framkommer att förskoleklassens lärare upptäcker elever som känner till samtliga bokstäver, som befinner sig i den logografiska, alfabetiska och ortografiska fasen i sin skriftspråkliga utveckling. Pedagoger uttrycker att de inte gjort en liknande kartläggning tidigare. Kartläggningen ger dem möjlighet att anpassa och variera undervisningen efter elevernas behov.

    Relevans för forskningsområdet

    Studien ämnar bidra till diskussionen om förskoleklasslärares behov av fördjupad kunskap om förmågor och processer i skriftspråksutvecklingen för att ha möjlighet att möta och stimulera elevernas lärande oavsett var de befinner sig i sin språkliga utveckling. Dagens barn blir välbekanta med symboler och bilder i tidig ålder, vilket kan innebära att deras inträde i skriftspråket kan komma att tidigareläggas.

     

  • 69.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Har lärare i åk 1-3 möjligheter att genomföra skicklig läs- och skrivundervisning?2012In: Dyslexi, ISSN 1401-2480, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 11-13Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 70.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Introduktion2019In: Läsundervisningens grunder / [ed] Tarja Alatalo, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, 2, p. 13-16Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 71.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    ”Kalle, du kan ju läsa!”: Förskoleklasslärare synliggör förskoleklasselevers skriftspråksutveckling2017In: Nordic Journal of Literacy Research, ISSN 2464-1596, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här studien tar sin utgångspunkt i ett kompetensutvecklingsprojekt där lärare i förskoleklass gavs möjlighet att genom erfarenhet i handling samt reflektion stärka sina ämneskunskaper inom skriftspråksområdet. Sju lärare i förskoleklass intervjuades om sina erfarenheter i samband med bedömning av elevers skriftspråksutveckling. Studiens syfte var att undersöka vilket meningsskapande som enligt lärarna sker i samband med bedömningsaktiviteten. Fokus riktades mot lärarnas beskrivningar av det egna men också elevernas meningsskapande. Studiens grund i sociokulturell teori och pragmatismens begrepp erfarenhet och meningsskapande som centrala analysverktyg, synliggjorde lärarnas fördjupade förståelse för elevers skriftspråksutveckling. I materialet framträder en bild av att tidigare erfarenheter omvärderades och användes tillsammans med nya erfarenheter för att skapa ny kunskap hos både lärare och elever. Exempelvis beskriver lärare hur elever i samband med bedömningsaktiviteten upptäckte att de kunde läsa. I mötet mellan projektets ämnesfokus och praktisk handling kunde lärarna omvärdera tidigare erfarenheter och upptäcka att elever i förskoleklassen läser, hur de läser och hur de själva kan stimulera eleverna vidare. Studiens avsikt är att öppna för en diskussion om hur kompetensutveckling om skriftspråksutveckling kan öka förskoleklasslärares möjligheter att stimulera elever vidare och öka elevernas förutsättningar att utvecklas i riktning mot skolans kunskapskrav.

  • 72.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Koppling mellan ljud och bokstav är a och o2015In: Läs & skriv. En tidning för Dyslexiförbundet FML samt Skrivknuten., ISSN 1104-8808, Vol. 19, no 3Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 73.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Livet i Bokstavslandet: Lärarhandledning åk 12015 (ed. 1)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 74.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Livet i Bokstavslandet: Lärarhandledning åk 12016 (ed. 2)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 75.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Livet i Bokstavslandet: Lärarhandledning åk 12018 (ed. 3)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 76.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Lärarens ämneskompetens är av betydelse för elevers läs- och skrivutveckling2015In: Dyslexi, ISSN 1401-2480, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 11-13Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 77.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Läsflyt – en komponent som möjliggör läsförståelseförmågan2016In: Läsundervisningens grunder / [ed] Tarja Alatalo, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016, 1, p. 71-82Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 78.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Läsflyt – en komponent som möjliggör läsförståelseförmågan2019In: Läsundervisningens grunder / [ed] Tarja Alatalo, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, 2, p. 93-106Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 79.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Läsundervisning i förskoleklass2019In: Läsundervisningens grunder, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, 2, p. 73-88Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 80.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Läsundervisningens grunder2016Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 81.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Läsundervisningens grunder2019Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 82.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Nationella uppdrag i läs- och skrivundervisning vid Högskolan Dalarna2017In: SCIRA Läsning, ISSN 0349-9855, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 10-11Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 83.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Professional content knowledge of grades one – three teachers in Sweden for reading and writing instruction: language structures, code concepts, and spelling rules2016In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 60, no 5, p. 477-499Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, Swedish teachers of grades 1-3, with various teacher-training backgrounds, were tested to determine if they have the requisite awareness of language elements and the way these elements are represented in writing. The results were poor, yet the indication was that teachers with a good educational background in literacy and a good deal of teaching experience know significantly more than teachers whose teacher training included fewer or no courses in literacy instruction and who had less experience. The results indicate that it may be difficult for many teachers in the sample to provide adequate instruction in basic reading and writing. However, the study did not investigate how knowledge is used in practice, on which further research is needed. The importance of professional content knowledge is discussed.

  • 84.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Riskerar insikter om läs- och skrivinlärning att gå förlorade när nya perspektiv på lärande ges allt större utrymme i lärarutbildning och skola?2014In: Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, ISSN 1401-6788, E-ISSN 2001-3345, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 56-65Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 85.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Ruotsalainen interventiotutkimus pyrkii vahvistamaan lukuopetusta esikoulussa ja ensimmäisellä luokalla2014In: Kielikukko, ISSN 0780-0940, no 3, p. 41-42Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 86.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Educational Work.
    Skicklig läs- och skrivundervisning i åk 1-3: Om lärares möjligheter och hinder2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    This study focuses on teachers’ opportunities and obstacles to perform skillful reading and writing instruction. It’s about the ability to accurately identify where students are in their reading and writing process and to help them develop good reading skills. It is also about the ability to recognize signs of difficulties that students may have in their written language development and to know what efforts are needed to help them advance their reading and writing skills. The research is based on teachers’ own statements and survey responses on the external conditions for teaching and on their approach, attitudes and knowledge in reading and writing. The empirical material consists of interviews, surveys and test data. The interview study was conducted with eight teachers. The questionnaire was answered by 249 teachers, while the knowledge test was conducted of 269 teachers and 31 special education teachers. Many of the teachers in this study have lack knowledge in the structure of language and common Swedish spelling rules. Furthermore, it appears that a large part of them are unaccustomed to explaining, in detail, students’ reading development and find it difficult to systematically describe the aspects of daily literacy instruction. The overall picture is that many teachers teach without having tools to reflect on how their education really affects students’ reading and writing. These shortcomings make it difficult to conduct effective literacy instruction. Once students have learned to decode or if they have reading difficulties, many teachers seem to one-sidedly focus on getting students to read more. The consequence could be that those who would need to practice more on the technical basic of reading or comprehension strategies are left without support. Lack of variety and individuality in fluency and comprehension training can challenge the students’ reading and writing development. The teachers in the study, who have the old junior school teacher and elementary teacher education, have the highest amount of knowledge of reading and writing (the test). Good education can provide student teachers with professional skills that they may develop further in their careers. Knowledge of the meaning of phonological and phonemic awareness as well as knowledge of how to count phonemes seem to be important for knowledge of reading and writing (the test). Knowledge of basic reading processes can be obtained by systematic and structured work with students’ linguistic development, and through continuous dialogues with experienced colleagues on how and why questions. This is one important way to work also in teacher training. When essential professional skills are established in the teacher education, in practice students will obtain the school’s learning goals.

  • 87.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Skriftspråksutvecklingen i övergången från förskoleklass till årskurs ett2017In: Barns övergångar: Förskola, fritidshem, grundsärskola och grundskola / [ed] Anne Lillvist & Jenny Wilder, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 1, p. 59-78Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 88.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Språkstimulans och skrivundervisning i förskoleklass2018Other (Other academic)
  • 89.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Statliga åtgärder för att stärka lärandet i skolans tidiga år2016In: Scira Läsning, ISSN 0349-9855, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 4-6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 90.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Sustainable Knowledge of Reading and Writing Instruction: A Question for Teacher Education2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    My study of 300 Swedish teachers in primary school grades 1-3 (Alatalo, 2011), showed that too many teachers lack understanding of children's reading and writing development. A large part of the teachers in the study, had difficulties describing and reasoning about the basic elements of reading and writing instruction. These knowledge gaps cause difficulties for teachers to implement good reading and writing instruction. One consequence of this is that students, who are at risk for getting any kind of difficulty in reading and writing, are not identified as early as possible and thus do not get the support they need. Another consequence is that many teachers teach without knowing how their instruction actually affects student learning. What can the teacher education do to increase teachers’ knowledge of students’ reading and writing? It is not enough to know that learning occurs in interaction with others, because there are abilities that each individual himself must develop and master. Automated decoding, reading fluency and comprehension are neither abilities that necessarily arise by itselves, but usually require a proficient teacher’s systematic instruction (Moats, 2009; Snow, Burns & Griffin, 1998). Teachers' knowledge of the processes in students' reading and writing development are needed even more in the interactive learning process and in a time of rapidly emerging new technological tools for teaching. These skills can be said to be sustainable. My above-mentioned study (Alatalo, 2011) indicates that teachers, who have knowledge of the language structures, and know the meaning of phonological awareness, also have more knowledge of reading and writing in general. Specifically, it may mean that those who know the meaning of phonologic awareness also find it easier to understand processes that lead for example to reading fluency and comprehension. This is something that the teacher education should notice.

  • 91.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Sustainable reading and writing instruction: a question for teacher education2013In: The International Journal of Literacies, ISSN 2327-266X, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Learning occurs in meaningful situations and is tied to cooperation and interaction, which teacher education needs to emphasize in all teacher preparation programs. Furthermore, communication in the information era is built largely on multimodal languages such as symbols and images, which teacher education also must pay attention to. But still the written word is fundamental in communication and therefore needs to be in focus in teacher education. For that reason, parallel to knowledge about sociocultural approaches on learning and development and multimodality in the literacy area, teacher students need basic knowledge about children’s reading and writing development. Such knowledge is essential for the teacher to be able to accurately identify where each student is in her or his reading and writing processes in order to be able to respond to and support her or his literacy development. In the literacy area there are skills that children need to learn by practicing on their own. In reading for example, such items are decoding, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. This means that teacher education students also need to possess the theoretical knowledge of literacy instruction. Thus teachers’ knowledge of reading and writing development is an important foundation for sustainable reading and writing instruction. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether teacher education should increase teacher education students’ opportunities to provide sustainable reading and writing instruction. The present study, with a teacher knowledge survey (TKS) completed by 269 Swedish teachers in primary school grades 1-3, indicated that a large part of them lack understanding of children’s written language development as well as of reading and writing instruction. For the reading and writing instruction to be sustainable, the conclusion is that teacher education should focus more on basic elements in reading and writing development, of course without forgetting the benefits of cooperative and multimodal learning. Limitations of the study are that the data only shows teachers’ knowledge but not how they use it in practice. Nor is there any data about teachers’ attitudes and knowledge of socio-cultural perspectives on learning or of multimodal learning. 

  • 92.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Svensk interventionsstudie med syftet att stärka läs- och skrivundervisningen i förskoleklass och årskurs 12014In: Kielikukko, ISSN 0780-0940, no 3, p. 39-40Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 93.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Swedish K-1 Teachers’ Knowledge of Basic Literacy Instruction: Examining Gains From a Professional development Program.: Participation on a symposia: Literacy learning and its relations to teachers’ knowledge and practices in kindergarten and first school years.2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction Research indicates that explicit, systematic instruction in phoneme awareness and in orthographic principles facilitates the reading process and many children’s likelihood of success (Adams, 1990; Cunningham & Stanovich, 1998; Lundberg, 2006). Teachers’ knowledge of language structures and processes in the reading development has a direct connection with the students’ reading skills (Moats & Foorman, 2003, Lane et al., 2009). For this reason, teachers should know the meaning of phonological and phonemic awareness and spoken language structures, that is, phrases, words, morphemes, syllables and phonemes (Brady et al., 2009; Joshi et al., 2009; Moats, 1994; 1999; 2000; Piasta et al., 2009). This basic knowledge, gives teachers the potential to be able to choose appropriate activities, provide accurate feedback, address students’ instructional needs, and adjust their teaching accordingly (Moats, 1994, 2009). Many Swedish teachers in the earlier grades lack knowledge of basic reading and writing skills (Alatalo, 2011). This means that they cannot perform systematic reading instruction or identify children’s literacy development. Studies have shown that in-depth professional development for teachers in the first grades of school on topics including linguistic awareness and language structures increase teachers knowledge on literacy instruction as well as students literacy progress (Brady et al., 2009; McCutchen 2002).    

    Purpose and research questions The main goal was to evaluate whether gains in Preschool class-1 teachers’ knowledge in reading instruction would be obtained with a professional development program that continues for two years. The program consists of lectures on language structures, linguistic awareness, decoding, reading fluency and reading comprehension. To extend and intensify the professional development, the lectures are followed by recurrent missions on each topic that the teachers would perform with their students. The missions are followed of peer talks in small groups led by a special educator. The research questions are defined as follows: How does the professional development program influence preschool class-1 teachers’ knowledge of literacy instruction? How do the teachers state that the training affects their teaching?

    Method 23 teachers from preschool class and 23 from grade 1 are taking part of the study. Pre- and post tests with focus on the actual skills assess teachers’ knowledge. Observations of peer talks as well as recurrent interviews with 10 teachers during the two years investigate teachers learning and experiences about effects on their teaching.    

    Results There are only preliminary results since the research is in progress. Pre-test, observations and interviews show that the preschool class teachers generally are familiar with the meaning of phonological and phonemic awareness but do not know about decoding, reading fluency or comprehension. Grade 1 teachers do generally know more about reading fluency and comprehension but less about linguistic awareness. Many teachers seem to follow the textbook without reflecting on how their instruction affects the students learning.  All respondents state that the theoretical connection to their practical experiences makes them more aware of children’s literacy development, which also influences their teaching.

  • 94.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Teachers’ knowledge and experiences of teaching reading and writing2011In: ECER 2011, Urban Education, Berlin, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Teachers’ knowledge and experiences of teaching reading and writing The aim of this study is to perform an analysis of teachers’ experiences and knowledge in teaching students with reading and writing difficulties. Reading is an unnatural process and most children need instruction in reading and writing (Blachman, 2000). There is considerable evidence that competent teaching will alleviate or reduce the severity and consequences of reading failure (Blachman et al., 2004; Foorman et al., 2006). Investigators have begun to pay increasing attention to the role of the teachers’ domain-specific knowledge in the area of reading (Cunningham, Perry, Stanovich, & Stanovich, 2004; Moats, 1996, 2009; Moats & Foorman, 2003). As an introduction an interview study was conducted with teachers in grades 1-2. This study pointed out that the identification of students that have reading and writing difficulties differ among schools. Among other things, it depends on the gathered knowledge about reading and writing that the teachers at the school posses. Further, a questionnaire study with 300 Swedish teachers in the grades 1-3 has been completed. The questionnaire contents partly the teachers’ implementations, attitudes and conditions in their practical teaching. Partly it is a survey of teachers’ knowledge about and attitudes towards reading instruction and students’ further development in reading and writing. There is also a test on teachers’ knowledge about linguistic awareness, general orthographic rules and spelling conventions as well as on teachers’ knowledge about practical reading instruction and abilities to identify students’ writing difficulties. The research questions are defined as follows: • How do teachers state that they identify students that have reading and writing difficulties? • How are teachers reasoning about their experiences, knowledge and conditions in other respects, with relevance for the opportunity to give these students support? • Which concrete support do teachers consider that they give students that have reading and writing difficulties? • Which knowledge do teachers have in basic reading and writing instruction? • Which criterions do schools have for students that have reading and writing difficulties in order to give them special education? As in research done in USA, even this study shows that teachers achieve relatively low results on parts in the test. While the research has been going on, one comprehensive question has made a starting point, but also been clear in both the interview and questionnaire studies: Who should teach students that have reading and writing difficulties? Is it the class teacher or the special educator or both of them? It is significant that students that have some kind of difficulties in reading and writing are identified early and given opportunities to get support to develop and to get improved. Consequently in this dissertation, it is important to investigate and problematize the teachers’ opportunities and conditions to meet that kind of demands. Blachman, B. (1984). Relationship of rapid naming ability and language analysis skills to kindergarten and first-grade reading achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 76, s. 610-622. Blachman, B. (2000). Phonological awareness. I R. Barr, M. L. Kamil, P. Mosenthal, & P. D. Pearson (Eds. ), Handbook of Reading Research, Vol. 3, s. 483-502. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Cunningham, A. E., Perry, K. E., Stanovich, K. E. & Stanovich, P. J. (2004). Disciplinary knowledge of K–3 teachers and their knowledge calibration in the domain of early literacy. Annals of Dyslexia, 54, s. 139–172. Moats, L. C. (1994). The missing foundation in teacher education. Knowledge of the structure of the spoken and written language. Annals of Dyslexia, 44 s. 81-104. Moats, L. C. (2009). Knowledge foundations for teaching reading and spelling. An interdisciplinary Journal, 22 (4) s. 379-399. Moats, L.C., & Foorman, B. (2003). Measuring teachers content knowledge of language and reading. Annals of Dyslexia, 53, p. 23-45.

  • 95.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Vad är hållbara kunskaper om läs- och skrivundervisning?2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Vad är hållbara kunskaper om läs- och skrivundervisning? Min studie med 300 lärare i grundskolans årskurser 1-3 (Alatalo, 2011), visar att alltför många lärare har bristfälliga kunskaper om elevers skriftspråksutveckling. En stor del av främst de lärare som examinerats i grundskollärarutbildningarna har svårt att redogöra för och resonera om grundläggande moment i läs- och skrivundervisningen. Dessa kunskapsbrister orsakar svårigheter för lärarna att genomföra god läs- och skrivundervisning. En konsekvens av detta är att elever som ligger i riskzonen för att få någon slags svårigheter i sin läs- och skrivutveckling, inte identifieras så tidigt som möjligt eller får den hjälp som de behöver. En annan konsekvens är att många lärare undervisar utan att känna till hur deras pedagogik egentligen inverkar på elevernas lärande. Vad kan lärarutbildningen göra för att öka blivande lärares kunskaper om läs- och skrivinlärning? Det räcker inte med att känna till att lärandet sker i samspel med andra, eftersom det finns förmågor som varje individ själv måste utveckla och bemästra. Automatiserad avkodning, läsflyt och läsförståelse är dessutom inga förmågor som nödvändigtvis uppkommer av sig självt, utan kräver oftast en kunnig lärares systematiska undervisning (Myrberg, 2003; Snow, Burns & Griffin, 1998). Lärares kunskaper om processerna i elevers läs- och skrivutveckling behövs än mer i det interaktiva lärandet och i en tid med snabbt uppkommande nya tekniska redskap för undervisningen. Sådana kunskaper är hållbara. Vare sig eleverna använder ”padda” i sin läs- och skrivinlärning eller sitter i internetseminarier, behöver läraren ha insikt om var eleven befinner sig i läs- och skrivprocessen. Därigenom kan läraren hjälpa varje elev att utveckla god läsförmåga. Min ovan nämnda studie (Alatalo, 2011) indikerar att lärare som har kunskap om språkets byggstenar samt känner till innebörden av fonologisk medvetenhet också har mer kunskap om läs- och skrivinlärning i övrigt. Konkret kan det innebära att de som känner till innebörden av fonologisk medvetenhet också har lättare att förstå innebörden av läsflyt och läsförståelse. Detta är något som lärarutbildningen bör ta till sig. Källor: Alatalo, T. (2011). Skicklig läs- och skrivundervisning i åk 1-3: Om lärares möjligheter och hinder. (Akademisk avhandling). Göteborg. Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis. Myrberg, M. (2003). Att skapa konsensus om skolans insatser för att motverka läs- och skrivsvårigheter. Stockholm: Skolverket. Snow, C. E., Burns, M. S. & Griffin, P. (Eds.). (1998). Preventing reading difficulties in young children. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

  • 96.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Frank, Elisabeth
    Divergent views among Swedish preschool teachers and primary school teachers regarding exchange of information on children’s linguistic development in the transition from preschool to school2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study’s overall purpose is to increase the knowledge of how children’s linguistic skills are taken advantage of and transmitted from preschool to school. The study focuses on teachers’ assumptions and statements of the linguistic work, with particular attention to the transmission of information on children’s early reading development from preschool to school.

    The following research questions are essential:

    • How do teachers in preschool and school define the language work in respective practices? 

    • Does transfer of information on children’s linguistic development take place from preschool to school and in that case, which methods are used?

    To collect data on preschool and school linguistic work as well as priorities and transmission of information on children’s linguistic development, a questionnaire was constructed. During fall 2012, 100 preschool and school teachers from different parts of Sweden responded to the questionnaire. The questionnaire concentrates on questions about the work on children’s linguistic development with main focus on the transition phase from preschool to school.

    Our preliminary results show that focus in preschool teachers’ and primary school teachers’ linguistic work seem to differ from each other in some domains. Nor do they agree about if, what and how information on children’s linguistic development is transferred in the transition from preschool to school.

  • 97.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Frank, Elisabeth
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Exchange of information on children's linguistic development in the transition from preschool to preschool class - a pilot study2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study was to investigate teachers’ experiences with information sharing regarding children’s linguistic development in the transition from preschool to preschool class. Research questions:

    * To what degree do teachers prioritize work with children’s linguistic development?

    * To what extent does exchange of information regarding children’s linguistic development take place in the transition from preschool to preschool class?

    * How is the information transmitted?

    * What kind of information is transmitted?

    To collect data on preschool and school linguistic work as well as priorities and transmission of information on children’s linguistic development, a questionnaire was constructed. During fall 2012, 76 preschool and preschool class teachers from different parts of Sweden responded to the questionnaire.

    Our results show that language development activities are highly prioritized in preschool and preschool class. A transfer of information on children’s language skills between preschool and preschool class takes place though focus seem to differ in some domains. Information is transferred both orally and written, mainly on a group level. Further research is needed on what- how- and why-questions. Another question is what impact the information transmission may have on preschool class activities.

  • 98.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Hansson, Åse
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik.
    Johansson, Stefan
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik.
    Gustafsson, Jan-Eric
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik.
    Characteristics of Teacher Competence: Trends over Time and Between Student Groups in the Swedish Compulsory School2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    Achievement differences across schools have increased in Sweden during the past two decades, at the same time as average achievement levels have declined, for example in mathematics (Holmlund et al., 2014; SOU 2014:05) and reading (Skolverket, 2013). These negative trends may be related to schools’ demographic, organizational and resource prerequisites. The organizational basis for the Swedish compulsory school has undergone significant changes since the late 1980s, with free school choice, an increasing number of private schools and a larger autonomy for school leaders. The increased school segregation with respect to migration background since the implementation of these reforms (Yang Hansen & Gustafsson, 2016), could possibly be caused by the continuing decline in inclusion of migrant students and a related educational inequality in instructional quality and teacher competence. Inclusion is defined as a structure of organizing integration according to particular rules and regulations.

    The results of research on effects of teacher competence are, however, somewhat fragmented and unclear, at least with respect to effects on different student groups. This can partly be explained by uncertainties in the determination of crucial teacher characteristics. Making comparisons between for example authorized and unauthorized teachers has been shown to be problematic. There is vast research in this field which is characterized by severe methodological problems, e.g. with respect to drawing causal conclusions from cross-sectional observational data. For example, no correlation between student achievement and various resource factors has been found in some studies (e.g. Hanushek, 1997), whereas others found a positive correlation (e.g. Greenwald, Hedges & Laine, 1996).

    A teacher effect on student achievement is, however, well manifested (e.g., Gustafsson, 2003; Gustafsson & Myrberg, 2002; Johansson, Myrberg, & Rosén, 2015; Nye, Konstantopoulus, & Hedges, 2004; Rockoff, 2004), and the results also suggest that lower achieving students, as for example immigrants, are the more likely to benefit from increases in teacher effectiveness (e.g., Sanders, 1998). Teacher quality is, furthermore, one of the resource factors that explains most of the increase in performance differences between schools in Sweden (Björklund, Fredriksson, Gustafsson, & Öckert, 2010, Ch 7; Gustafsson & Myrberg, 2002). The general reduction in teacher quality in Sweden the last decades (SOU 2014:05), and the decreased equality of allocation of teacher competence between schools (Hansson & Gustafsson, 2016; OECD, 2013), supports these results. However, the variation between student outcomes that different teachers are achieving (Hanushek, 2003) needs to be further problematized and discussed. Teacher knowledge and skills, teacher training and teaching experience are examples of characteristics highlighted in different meta-studies (e.g., Greenwald, Hedges & Laine, 1996), that should be subject of such an investigation.

    This study intends to develop a precise and differentiated description of teacher quality for use in future analyses of relations between teacher competence and educational results, with focus on interactions with student composition of schools due to students’ socio-economic and migration backgrounds. The description is among other factors focusing on teacher’s basic knowledge, subject-related and pedagogical training, and type of teacher training program. One aim is to investigate the variation over time in access to qualified teachers and the variation in teacher qualifications between schools. In further analyses, the significance of the teacher characteristics for literacy and mathematics in grades 1 to 6 will be focused.

    Overall, the project, which this study is a part of, is expected to generate insights about essential conditions for effective and equitable teaching in Swedish and mathematics in primary school, and about distributions of teacher competence across schools with different student composition.

  • 99.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Johansson, Annie-Maj
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Natural Science.
    ”Kan man köra en skottkärra med fyrkantigt hjul?”: Läs- och skrivutvecklande praktiker i teknikundervisning i förskoleklass2019In: Nordic Journal of Literacy Research, E-ISSN 2464-1596Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I en rad svenska avhandlingsstudier har man funnit att läs- och skrivundervisningen i förskoleklass sker i formaliserade sammanhang och att utan att koppla till elevers erfarenheter. I den här studien är syftet att utveckla kunskap om läs- och skrivutvecklande sociala praktiker i teknikundervisning i en förskoleklass. Fyra tekniklektioner observerades med fokus på lärarens läs- och skrivutvecklande undervisning. Det teoretiska ramverket utgörs av Freebody och Lukes resursmodell som beskriver läs- och skrivkunnighet som en uppsättning sociala praktiker. Dessutom analyseras huruvida läs- och skrivundervisningen är formaliserad, funktionaliserad eller om den är balanserad, det vill säga genomförs i sammanhang där formaliserad och funktionaliserad undervisning är i samspel med varandra. Resultatet visar att teknikundervisningen skapar rikliga möjligheter för elever att medverka i de sociala praktikerna i Freebody och Lukes modell. Undervisningen är funktionaliserad och läraren undervisar inte explicit om språkets formaspekter eller om hur texters kommunikativa delar samspelar, utan det är oftast underförstått. Studien öppnar för en diskussion om förskoleklassens möjligheter att skapa läs- och skrivundervisning i balanserade sammanhang, för att stödja elevers läs- och skrivutveckling även när undervisningen har fokus på ämnesområden som teknik.

  • 100.
    Alatalo, Tarja
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Meier, Joanna
    Överlämning av information från förskola till förskoleklass gällande elevers skriftspråkliga utveckling2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskning om överlämningar mellan olika skolformer har funnit att det är av betydelse för barns kontinuerliga och långsiktiga lärande att mottagande verksamhet tar tillvara de erfarenheter barnet redan erövrat. Detta eftersom lärandet gynnas av att verksamheten fortsätter på samma sätt utan onödiga avbrott. I föreliggande studie undersöks verksamma lärares erfarenheter av överlämning av information från förskola till förskoleklass gällande elevers skriftspråkliga utveckling. Traditioner, bristande samarbete och öppenhet mellan verksamheterna anges hindra samverkan kring överlämnandet. Det överlämnande som görs fokuserar i hög grad barn som ”sticker ut”, det vill säga ligger långt framme eller är sena i sin utveckling. Rädsla för bedömning uppges också vara en orsak till att överlämnandet inte genomförs mera nyanserat. Bristfällig utbildning om både skriftspråksutveckling och kontinuerligt lärande framstår emellertid som den huvudsakliga orsaken till att överlämnande vad gäller barns skriftspråkliga utveckling i det närmaste är obefintligt.

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