Elevbilder i pedagogiska kartläggningar
: En diskurspsykologisk analys

Translated title of the thesis: The images of students: A discourse psychological analysis
  • Sigrid Olsson
  • Jonas Olsson

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


National governing documents emphasize the importance of pedagogical documentation when necessary. These documents should provide a comprehensive picture of the student and his or her school situation. The special needs teacher is expected to have knowledge of this process. The purpose of this study is to, with a discourse psychological approach, analyze and reflect on how the image of the student is presented in pedagogical documents. The starting point for the analysis is in the concepts in discourse psychology that deal with the patterns and positions individuals create and find themselves in. The method chosen is a qualitative document analysis. The focalpoint of the analysis is how the image of the student is presented. This image has been interpreted through our perception of the discourse psychological concepts: nodal point, master significant, myths and interpretation repertoire. The analyzed material consists of 10 pedagogical documents collected from two schools in Skåne. The documents were processed in three steps: a first step to get an idea of the documents' design and structure, a second step where the content is coded to discern patterns, and finally a third step where the focalpoint is interpreting the content based on the discourse psychological concepts. The results are reported by answering a number of content questions and placing the answers in relation to our interpretation of the theoretical concepts and previous research. The conclusion is that the school staff's discourse becomes the one that creates the image of the student. Guardians and students are given a more passive role in the pedagogical documentation.

Date of Award2021-Jun-23
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorKatarina Nilfyr (Supervisor) & Daniel Östlund (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Teacher Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)
  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • discourse psychology
  • pedagogical documentation
  • special needs teacher
  • norms
  • discourse analysis
  • the image of students

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