: Utrymme och legitimering i läromedel

Translated title of the thesis: Scandinavian languages in Swedish textbooks
  • Stina Fendell

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


The overarching aim of the present study is to investigate how Scandinavian languages are presented and legitimised as a part of the curriculum for Swedish in Swedish upper secondary schools. Setting out from the assumption that textbooks, to some extent, can be viewed as reflections of the curriculum, four textbooks are analysed, using a model for discourse analysis, set in the framework of systematic functional linguistics. The results show that the textbooks analysed in the study do convey both explicit and implicit legitimisations of Scandinavian languages as a relevant subfield of Swedish. However, these legitimisations are weak as compared to the legitimisations of other subfields. The results also indicate that Danish seems to attract more
attention than Norwegian, and that written language is emphasised over spoken. An important observation made in the study is that the textbooks differ with respect to which languages that are categorised as neighbouring Scandinavian languages. Some textbooks only include the mainland Scandinavian languages in the notion, whereas others also include the insular languages Faeroese and Icelandic. Overall, the study indicates that the textbooks that are analysed display substantial differences with regards to the presentation and legitimisation of Scandinavian languages as a subfield of the subject of Swedish – a fact that raises questions about the equality of education.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAnna Smedberg Bondesson (Supervisor) & Christoffer Dahl (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Ämneslärarutbildningen inriktning mot gymnasiet

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • Scandinavian languages
  • upper secondary school
  • sweden
  • textbook analysis
  • legitimation
  • systematic functional linguistics

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