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Pages: 10347-10356
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.0951

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

FIND THE DRIVE: ON CO-DESIGNING PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE OF A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DRIVEN BY MUNICIPALITIES AND UNIVERSITY

M. Spante1, A. Varga1, H. Korp1, H. Lindh2, L. Jansson2, B. Lindeberg3, A.H. Adler Johannesson3

1University West (SWEDEN)
2Municipality of Orust (SWEDEN)
3Municipality of Dalsed (SWEDEN)
This paper aims to highlight challenges and opportunities with collaboration between school officers, principals and researches. The current study was formulated in cooperation between researchers and school officers from two rural Swedish municipalities. The study was based on their concern on large gender gap in grades, and on a notion held by some principals and teachers that the motivation for school is low for many students, especially among low-achieving boys.

The project was co-designed in close collaboration between school officers, principals and researchers. The negotiated purpose was to:
i) deepen the knowledge of how the school organization as well as competences, attitudes and approaches at different levels (from administration to the classroom) affect different pupils' opportunities for learning and motivation,
ii) describe organizational and didactic principles that promote or hinder pupils' learning and motivation generally, and in regard to pupils' identities, assets and future aspirations. Project information was performed as on-site visits where the project was presented for all staff members at each school in each municipality.

During first year, observations were carried out in grade 6 in five schools, and grade 9 in three schools. Two researchers followed each class one week, by teacher invitation. The focus was on the conditions for learning and motivation offered, and on factors supporting and hindering the learning and motivation of girls and boys with different backgrounds and resources.

Semi-structured interviews with teachers in the targeted classes (N=18) were held. The interviews focused the teachers’ notions of students’ achievement and motivation in regard to gendered norms, curriculum and classroom practices. Teachers were also asked to reflect on the possibilities to change prevailing patterns. Semi-structrured interviews with students, mostly in pairs (N=70; 39 girls, 31 boys) were carried out. The topics for these interviews were the students’ notions of how school, home and peers interplay with their views on learning, motivation and their aspirations for the future.

In addition to the practice based research activities, organizational development and competence building was a key ambition in the cooperation between the two municipalities and the university. The model for this was a one-day workshop for the entire pedagogical staff in the schools at the respective municipality (N=195, N= 65). During these days, local experiences and observation were discussed in relation to presented research concerning study motivation and gender patterns. Groups of teachers sat together and shared their understandings and reflections. All group conversations were documented in shared online documents for capturing and spreading thoughts and understandings. These shared documents provided a source for further discussions after the actual competence development day.

The same model for data gathering will be carried out in year two of the project in order to have a solid ground for analysis and further recommendations and suggestions. So far, our mutual experience from the range of roles participating in the project, is that the model for co-designing project combining competence development arrangements with research activities is a fruitful cross-fertilizing process for knowledge creation and professional learning.
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author = {Spante, M. and Varga, A. and Korp, H. and Lindh, H. and Jansson, L. and Lindeberg, B. and Adler Johannesson, A.H.},
title = {FIND THE DRIVE: ON CO-DESIGNING PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE OF A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DRIVEN BY MUNICIPALITIES AND UNIVERSITY},
series = {11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2018 Proceedings},
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doi = {10.21125/iceri.2018.0951},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2018.0951},
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location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {12-14 November, 2018},
year = {2018},
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SN - 978-84-09-05948-5/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2018.0951
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M. Spante, A. Varga, H. Korp, H. Lindh, L. Jansson, B. Lindeberg, A.H. Adler Johannesson (2018) FIND THE DRIVE: ON CO-DESIGNING PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE OF A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DRIVEN BY MUNICIPALITIES AND UNIVERSITY, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 10347-10356.
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