Similar but not the same

Comparing Norwegian and Swedish teachers’ influence on textbook selection and involvement in text discussions

  • Monica Reichenberg
  • Rune Andreassen
Keywords: Comparative study, Textbook selection, Textbook discussions, Teachers’ attitudes, Scandinavia

Abstract

The present study compares Norwegian and Swedish teachers ́ influence on textbook selection and the impact of this on teachers ́ involvement in textbook discussions(discussions with colleagues and the principal). For this purpose we conducted a survey with Norwegian (n = 236) and Swedish (n = 340) teachers in grade 0 to 9(which compromises pupils at approximately ages 6 to 15). The core argument is thateven though Norway and Sweden have very similar welfare and education systems,they nevertheless differ in teachers ́ influence on textbook selection and involvement in textbook discussions. Factor analysis was used to develop two new measures of teaching: influence on textbook selection and involvement in textbook discussions. First, the study shows there is a mean difference between the countries in both influence on textbook selection and involvement in textbook discussions indices. Second, OLS regression was used to demonstrate a curvilinear effect of age on influence on textbookselection in both countries. A curvilinear relationship was also found between teachingyears and the influence on textbook selection in both countries

Author Biographies

Monica Reichenberg

Monica Reichenberg is a professor in general didactics in the Department of Education and Special Education, The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interests include reading comprehension, reading instruction, textbooks, disability, special education, adult education.

Rune Andreassen

Rune Andreassen is a professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Østfold University College, Norway. His research interests include reading comprehension, dyslexia, reading instruction, teacher self-efficacy, and teachers’ use of textbooks.

Published
2017-09-20
Section
Articles