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Time squeezed teachers?: Structural patterns in the time use of teachers’ in folk high schools
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEknik, Vardag, Samhälle)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4133-1204
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The teacher profession has certain conditions when it comes to time use. On the one hand, teaching is normally scheduled during the day and week. Increasingly, at least in the Swedish context, also other duties are scheduled, like staff meetings and planning with colleagues. On the other hand, there is still a high degree of freedom when it comes to teachers’ use – in time and space – of the rest of the working hours. What is folk high school teachers’ everyday life like in a week perspective?

In this paper we analyse and visualize the activity rhythm of teachers in non-formal adult education in the Swedish folk high school. The analysis is based on 658 time diaries, from 94 folk high school teachers who filled in seven time diaries each, during a full week Monday-Sunday.

We use the data for an analysis based on basic time-geographic concepts (activities, projects and constraints) and methods (visualizations). E.g., the work rhythm of the week, the day-to-day sequential flow of activities including the weekend, can be identified on an individual level for these folk high school teachers, and the interweaving of work and private activities can be revealed in a week perspective.

The results show structural patterns in the interweaving of teaching, planning, and administrative work-activities, and of work and private life. The influence of the schedule will also be identified in relation to time for breaks and recovery during the day.

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Time geography, folk high school teacher, activity, project, constraint, visualisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116356OAI: diva2:798217
6th Nordic Conference on Adult Education and Learning,Tampere, Finland, March 25-28, 2015
Available from: 2015-03-26 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2015-04-13

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