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Spoke Wintersparv

Doctoral student in Pedagogical Work, currently residing at University of Oregon. In my PhD project I examine the teaching of literature in upper secondary education.

Works at

Research assistant at Department of Language Studies Units: Language Teaching and Learning, and Educational Work
A, Humanisthuset, korridor HF2 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I started my doctoral studies in 2016. One year later, I moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I have continued my studies since. In my project I study the way in which teachers in upper secondary education teach fiction. 

During my ten years as a Swedish teacher in upper secondary school, I experienced a shift in the approach to fiction in the school subject Swedish. Generally, Swedish education has, as a result of educational reforms and internationall student assessments, undergone changes toward the instrumental and the measurable. In that respect, the teaching of literature is not an exception. Thus, in my PhD project I have focused on the Reading Experience. In an educational landscape where knowledge equals quantifiable results it is interesting to see what role the immeasurable plays, and how teachers use the aesthetic aspects of reading in their teaching of literature.