Research seminar

Attitudes and beliefs on multilingualism in education: Voices from Sweden

Welcome to research seminar, "Attitudes and beliefs on multilingualism in education: Voices from Sweden".

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Date: , kl 13:00 - 14:30
Location: Campus Falun och digitalt
Organizer: ISLL, SLUM
BethAnne Yoxsimer Paulsrud, Senior Lecturer English

Sweden is often commended for the inclusion of home languages in the formal education system: both mother tongue instruction (where pupils’ home languages are taught as an optional school subject) and study guidance (where pupils are given content support in their home language or prior language of schooling) are offered. Still, while many national educational policies are supportive of multilingualism, their enactment on the ground is often problematic. The attitudes and beliefs of teacher educators, in-service teachers, and pre-service teachers are crucial to policy enactment, yet few studies have investigated how these key actors in Sweden perceive their encounters with linguistic diversity. Furthermore, an understanding of the similarities and differences in the perspectives across these three groups is lacking. Hence, we have analysed interviews with five teacher educators, five in-service teachers, and eight pre-service teachers concerning their attitudes and beliefs on multilingualism.  These interviews reveal orientations towards language and language use in teacher education and primary schools. Specifically, language is seen both as a problem and as a resource. Our results reveal tensions in the expressed attitudes and beliefs about multilingualism in general, as well as about multilingual pre-service teachers in teacher education and multilingual pupils in the Swedish school.    

Paulsrud, B., Juvonen, P. & Schalley, A.C. (2023). Attitudes and beliefs on multilingualism in education: Voices from Sweden, International Journal of Multilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2022.2153851 

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Marie Nordmark
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