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“Svarta, Vita, Grå” En studie om särskilda barns vardag
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Black, White, Grey” A study about special children’s school day (English)
Abstract [en]

This is a case study influenced by Grounded Theory and Symbolic Interactionism. Its focus is on a small group of pupils isolated both geographically and socially from the ordinary school. The composition is written from the children’s perspective. Observations and interviews have made it possible to study both the interaction between the children and also the adults, how the children are described by the adults working with them and what expectations they have on the children.

In the light of earlier research, our case study can be seen as an example how the school is dealing with the children’s problems. The children’s school day seems to be characterized by frames that differ from between tight to and wide. Tight, in the sense that thesepupils are located in a restricted part of the school, together with just a few other pupils and adults. Wide in the sense that these pupils behaviour are all the same whether it is break or lesson. The social interaction between the children and the adults aims to be directed to show the pupils what they are, instead of what they can become. This attempt indicates that the teacher thinks that the children’s problems are caused by the individual child. The children’s individual biographical schemes are seen as the cause of the problem. Even if the children not have been moved from their originally classes only because of this problem, it is still mentioned as a strong argument for not letting the children return to their original classes. The school thinks that these children have bad influence on so called “normal children”, they even speak in terms as "risk of infection".

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för tematisk utbildning och forskning , 2003. , 141 p.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary studies, Särskilda behov, Symbolisk interaktionism, Grundad teori, Grounded Theory, Stämpling, Stigma, Biografiskt schema
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1923ISRN: LIU-ITUF/SKA-D--03/10--SEOAI: diva2:19250
Subject / course
Social and Cultural Analysis (D-level)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2003-08-11 Created: 2003-08-11 Last updated: 2012-05-24Bibliographically approved

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