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Subject-integrated teaching and assessment in social studies, in school year 5 and 6 in Swedish compulsory school

Research project Swedish national curriculum´s (Lgr 11's) syllabi and knowledge requirements are written for each subject in social studies, and that grades are put in Grade 6 – at the same time that the curriculum encourages subject-integrated teaching.

The purpose of the project is to investigate and problematise subject-integrated teaching and assessment in the social studies subjects in Grade 4-6 in Swedish compulsory school.

Head of project

Tord Göran Olovsson
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2017-02-06 2021-06-30

Funding

Umeå University

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Education

Research area

Pedagogy

Project description

The purpose of the project is to investigate and problematise subject-integrated teaching and assessment in the social studies subjects in Grade 4-6 in Swedish compulsory school. This is interesting on the basis that the Swedish national curriculum´s (Lgr 11's) syllabi and knowledge requirements are written for each subject in social studies, and that grades are put in Grade 6 – at the same time that the curriculum encourages subject-integrated teaching. In the project, some classes are followed and investigated in Grade 5 and 6, when they carry out theme works in social studies. Collaboration takes place between teachers and the researcher, and lessons learned in one theme are included in the next, in order to develop teaching and assessment. The data collection mainly takes place through classroom observations, interviews with pupils and teachers, and pupils' written reflections. In the project as well, a questionnaire answered by principals investigates the occurrence of subject-integrated teaching and how grades are put in social studies in Swedish compulsory school, and a number of teachers are interviewed regarding their views on subject-integrated teaching and assessment in social studies.