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Skolfrånvaro - Grundskolors arbete med ogiltigt frånvarande elever

Amasalidis, Sofia LU and Ekman, Anna LU (2012) SOPA63 20112
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine how elementary schools handle and work with students who are invalid absent and how the schools work with these students in relation to the Swedish education act. Research shows that about ten percent of Swedish students are invalid absent in high school at least once a month. In Sweden, children from the age of seven have compulsory attendance. Skolverket points out that a lot of counties do not have the functional routines that are necessary to guard students who have compulsory attendance at school. Our three main questions in this thesis are how the schools view their own responsibility, how they view the guardians and the student’s responsibility. How the schools and its personnel define valid... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine how elementary schools handle and work with students who are invalid absent and how the schools work with these students in relation to the Swedish education act. Research shows that about ten percent of Swedish students are invalid absent in high school at least once a month. In Sweden, children from the age of seven have compulsory attendance. Skolverket points out that a lot of counties do not have the functional routines that are necessary to guard students who have compulsory attendance at school. Our three main questions in this thesis are how the schools view their own responsibility, how they view the guardians and the student’s responsibility. How the schools and its personnel define valid and invalid absence and which strategies the schools have to handle students with absenteeism. To get answers to our questions we used qualitative semi structured interviews. We have interviewed one principal, one counselor and one teacher at two schools in Malmö stad. We choose to analyze our results by using American sociologist Aron Antonovsky´s theory on health and illness called salutogenesis. Our results show that the schools, in their work with students who are absent, focus on what is functional for the students and try to emphasize this by motivation and participation in the school environment. The schools base all their strategies on what is best for the individual student just like Antonovsky´s theory who emphasizes that the main focus on a person’s health should be on what it is that makes the person healthy instead on what it is that makes the person unhealthy. (Less)
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Amasalidis, Sofia LU and Ekman, Anna LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20112
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
absenteeism, truancy, responsibility, compulsory school attendance
language
Swedish
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2371832
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2012-03-16 15:02:30
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to examine how elementary schools handle and work with students who are invalid absent and how the schools work with these students in relation to the Swedish education act. Research shows that about ten percent of Swedish students are invalid absent in high school at least once a month. In Sweden, children from the age of seven have compulsory attendance. Skolverket points out that a lot of counties do not have the functional routines that are necessary to guard students who have compulsory attendance at school. Our three main questions in this thesis are how the schools view their own responsibility, how they view the guardians and the student’s responsibility. How the schools and its personnel define valid and invalid absence and which strategies the schools have to handle students with absenteeism. To get answers to our questions we used qualitative semi structured interviews. We have interviewed one principal, one counselor and one teacher at two schools in Malmö stad. We choose to analyze our results by using American sociologist Aron Antonovsky´s theory on health and illness called salutogenesis. Our results show that the schools, in their work with students who are absent, focus on what is functional for the students and try to emphasize this by motivation and participation in the school environment. The schools base all their strategies on what is best for the individual student just like Antonovsky´s theory who emphasizes that the main focus on a person’s health should be on what it is that makes the person healthy instead on what it is that makes the person unhealthy.},
  author       = {Amasalidis, Sofia and Ekman, Anna},
  keyword      = {absenteeism,truancy,responsibility,compulsory school attendance},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Skolfrånvaro - Grundskolors arbete med ogiltigt frånvarande elever},
  year         = {2012},
}