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English-Language Literature Teaching and Democratic (Higher) Education
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Out of the values, norms, and practices that constitute the semantic field of democracy, this study hones in and reflects on those that are relevant for the goals and principles of higher education in the national context. Furthermore, the scope of this study is narrowed down to the teaching of English-language literature in Swedish institutions of higher education. Given the relatively high degree of autonomy that the teaching of literature has within the academic subject of English and the wide diversity of lecturers’ and professors’ research interests and backgrounds, it is important to account for the educators’ notions of, and attitudes toward, democratic education and democratic values as well as for the ways in which those values are reflected in their teaching practice. The main questions are: 1) Which norms, structures and practices are considered to foster democracy in higher education and which norms, structures and practices are considered real or potential challenges to democracy in higher education? 2) What specific advantages does the teaching of English-language literature have for democratic education? 3) How do the democratic values fare in the teaching practice (in objectives, content, assessment, as well as in the implementation and course/lesson design)? Empirical evidence will be gathered through semi-structured interviews with English-language literature faculty from several Swedish universities. Some partial results of this investigation, which is part of an on-going project, will be presented at the conference.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
democracy, Swedish higher education, English literature, teaching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-25586DiVA: diva2:1159965
Conference
Litteraturstudiers betydelse för språkutbildning: litteraturdidaktiska perspektiv för ungdomsskola och högskola. Jönköping University, den 6-7 oktober 2017.
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2017-11-24

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