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"Soft governance" i förskolans utvecklingssamtal.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Pedagogiskt arbete)
2011 (Swedish)In: Educare, ISSN 1653-1868, no 2, 57-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

According to the Curriculum for the Swedish preschool, parent-teacher conferences are important practices in the intermediate sphere and in the relations between home and preschool. This article draws on a study in which the overall aim is to explore how parent-teacher conferences are constructed and used in the Swedish preschool. Using transcripts of audiotaped episodes from parent-teacher conferences, the analysis reveals that the interactions are charactarised by formality in accordance with institutional talk in other institutional settings, but also to a large extent of informality. Additionally, the analyses show that the parent-teacher conferences are characterized by a “soft governance” both in terms of their contents (what) and its form (how). The teachers use various communicative techniques that govern the conversation: closeness and intimacy, the use of anecdotes, references to the common interest of the child, element of humor and laughter, and seemingly neutral questions. In this article it is also discussed how soft governance are used in the construction and assessment of a desirable preschool child and parent.



Keywords: assessment, parent-teacher conference, preschool, soft governance

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Malmö: Malmö högskola Fakulteten foer Lärande och Samhälle , 2011. no 2, 57-75 p.
Keyword [sv]
utvecklingssamtal, förskola, bedömning, soft governance
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71212OAI: diva2:446304
Utvecklingssamtal i förskolan. Praktiker för skapande av barndom, föräldraskap och professionalisering i skärningspunkten mellan hem och förskola.
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2011-10-06 Created: 2011-10-06 Last updated: 2011-11-11

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