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Skolans hjärta? : En undersökning av skolpersonalens syn på skolbiblioteket som plats

Ekström, Johanna LU and Larsson, Malin LU (2013) ABMM54 20131
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
The starting point of our master’s thesis was the recent debate regarding the school library arising from the implementation of the new version of the Swedish Education Act (Skollagen SFS 2010:800). Many have criticized the new Education Act, claiming that it puts a too large focus on the library as place. Some even claim that the school library as place is out-dated and not relevant in today’s society and should be replaced by digital resources. We believe that the school library as place is more than just a storage for books or a pedagogical resource, e.g. as a social meeting place, or a neutral place in contrast to the classroom.

The aim of the master’s thesis is to study how significant the school library as place is according to... (More)
The starting point of our master’s thesis was the recent debate regarding the school library arising from the implementation of the new version of the Swedish Education Act (Skollagen SFS 2010:800). Many have criticized the new Education Act, claiming that it puts a too large focus on the library as place. Some even claim that the school library as place is out-dated and not relevant in today’s society and should be replaced by digital resources. We believe that the school library as place is more than just a storage for books or a pedagogical resource, e.g. as a social meeting place, or a neutral place in contrast to the classroom.

The aim of the master’s thesis is to study how significant the school library as place is according to school staff in Lund. We are especially interested in staff who meet the students in contexts regarding their psychological and physical health and their future, and therefore decided to contact guidance counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and counselors. We also investigate how teachers, principals and school librarians perceive the school library as place. A secondary aim is to study how the students perceive the school library. Our three research questions are: What meaning do the school staff believe that the school library as place has to the students regarding their health, well-being, comfort and future? What opinions are the most common among teachers or non-teaching staff regarding the school library as place? What connection is possible to see between the school staff’s profession and their perception of the school library as place and its meaning to the students?

Our focus is on the school library as a neutral place and as a pedagogical resource in contrast to the digital school library. Our theoretical background is place-space, which can be used to discuss the relationship between humans and places and how places impact humans and their identities. We have investigated the perceptions of staff on both public and private schools in the municipality of Lund through a questionnaire.

Our results indicate that the school staff do not have a clear view of what significance the school library as place has for e.g. the student’s well-being. Teachers and non-teaching staff seem to focus more on the library as a room with books compared to what principals and school librarians do. One of our conclusions is that all the different functions of the school library need to be made visible, especially the library as place. (Less)
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Ekström, Johanna LU and Larsson, Malin LU
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organization
alternative title
The heart of the school? : A study of school staff's perceptions of the school library as place
course
ABMM54 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
enkätundersökning, tredje plats, place/space-teori, det fysiska biblioteket, skolbibliotek, library and information studies, school staff, questionnaire, neutral place, third place, place/space, School library, library as place, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, skolpersonal, neutral plats
language
Swedish
id
3807587
date added to LUP
2013-06-20 11:05:13
date last changed
2014-04-11 14:16:34
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The aim of the master’s thesis is to study how significant the school library as place is according to school staff in Lund. We are especially interested in staff who meet the students in contexts regarding their psychological and physical health and their future, and therefore decided to contact guidance counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and counselors. We also investigate how teachers, principals and school librarians perceive the school library as place. A secondary aim is to study how the students perceive the school library. Our three research questions are: What meaning do the school staff believe that the school library as place has to the students regarding their health, well-being, comfort and future? What opinions are the most common among teachers or non-teaching staff regarding the school library as place? What connection is possible to see between the school staff’s profession and their perception of the school library as place and its meaning to the students? 

Our focus is on the school library as a neutral place and as a pedagogical resource in contrast to the digital school library. Our theoretical background is place-space, which can be used to discuss the relationship between humans and places and how places impact humans and their identities. We have investigated the perceptions of staff on both public and private schools in the municipality of Lund through a questionnaire.

Our results indicate that the school staff do not have a clear view of what significance the school library as place has for e.g. the student’s well-being. Teachers and non-teaching staff seem to focus more on the library as a room with books compared to what principals and school librarians do. One of our conclusions is that all the different functions of the school library need to be made visible, especially the library as place.},
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  title        = {Skolans hjärta? : En undersökning av skolpersonalens syn på skolbiblioteket som plats},
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