The elementary school teachers' collective agency 1846 - 1880
Doctoral thesis in history and education with a focus on the history of elementary school teachers in Sweden.
The research project examines the emergence of the first elementary school teachers' associations and teachers' journals in Sweden 1846 - 1880 with a focus on the teachers' collective action and collective identity. The goal is to produce more knowledge on this field, partly in its social, political and religious context, partly in the light of current educational and professional historical research.
The purpose of the research is to create an understanding of the rise of the teacher corps as a professional community which, through the formation of Sveriges allmänna folkskollärarförening (SAF) in 1880 and its development into what is today Lärarförbundet, has become an important actor in the design of the modern school system.