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Wintersparv, S., Sullivan, K. P. H., & Lindgren Leavenworth, M. (2019). Teaching fiction in the age of measurability: Teachers’ perspectives on the hows and whats in Swedish L1 classrooms. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 19, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2019.19.01.10

Studies have shown a slow but steady change in reading habits among students in Swedish upper secondary schools. The frequency with which they read fiction on a daily basis has decreased and reading comprehension has declined. Consequently, Swedish politicians and school authorities have taken measures to reverse these trends. Fiction reading has traditionally been a part of the Swedish subject, but whereas the course syllabi in the upper secondary school stipulate that fiction be taught, they pay little attention to how. This study examines how teachers describe the process of literary education. In doing so, it suggests that monitoring students is central to teachers’ didactic decisions, and that both teachers and students regard printed books more highly than both audiobooks and e-books. The data was collected using two focus groups interviews with upper secondary school teachers of Swedish, seven female and five male, age 28 to 61. The analysis was grounded in a phenomenographic examination of experience, allowing themes to emerge through iterative coding. The findings show that the teachers’ view on literary education is associated with instrumentality and teacher-centered activities—the discussions circled around practical aspects, with no mention of teaching objectives, approaches, or literary experience.


Wintersparv, Spoke http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6239-0073
Sullivan, Kirk http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9091-6458
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5265-6421
Publication date 2019-07-07
DOI 10.17239/L1ESLL-2019.19.01.10
literary education
PISA test
reading experience
reading habits
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