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Democracy and the Teaching of English at the University of Gävle
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
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Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate these practices, notions, and attitudes as they inform (and are carried out in) the teaching of English as an academic subject at the University of Gävle. The research questions are: 1) What are the conceptions of democracy in education among the English faculty at the University of Gävle? 2) 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? 3) How does democracy fare in the teaching practice, i.e. in objectives, content, assessment, as well as in the implementation and course/lesson design? 4) What specific advantages does the teaching of English have for democratic education? 5) How well are the teachers acquainted with official documents that outline the University of Gävle’s policy on promoting and maintaining democracy in this institution? To answer these questions, semi-structured interviews have been conducted with four of the six teachers who made up the English faculty at the University of Gävle in the spring semester of 2017. The respondents’ answers and their subsequent analysis constitute the core of this qualitative research.

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Democracy, higher education, English, teaching, University of Gävle
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28450DiVA, id: diva2:1262830
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2018-11-30Bibliographically approved

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