Hur lärare stöttar andraspråkselever i NO-undervisningen, med fokus på begreppsförståelse

Translated title of the thesis: How teachers support second language pupils in science teaching, with focus on content understanding
  • Kristin Horne
  • Julia Stridh

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


This study has two aims. The first one is to clarify how teachers in grade 1-3 support second language pupils during science lessons in Swedish. The second aim of this study is to find out what teachers think is the best way to support second language pupils learning of science concepts. The science subjects contain many subject-specific words that can be difficult for pupils to understand, especially for pupils with Swedish as a second language. The study has its theoretical base in sociocultural theory and the concepts within it. We are specifically focusing on the concept of scaffolding and its meaning. The study has three methods which are observation of a lesson with a following survey, a survey that teachers responded to without us observing a lesson by them and a meta study in which we analyze and compile results from former examination papers within the same subject and that uses observation as its method. To sum up the results from our empirical collection it indicates that support of second language pupils in science teaching mainly consist of visual support, body language, collaboration between pupils, use of the pupils first language, that the pupils discuss the concepts with each other, differentiation of teaching and alternating between the everyday language and the school language.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorYair Sapir (Supervisor) & Camilla Forsberg (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Grundlärarutbildning: förskoleklass och årskurs 1-3

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • scaffolding
  • second language pupil
  • science teaching
  • scientific concepts
  • first language
  • content understanding
  • sociocultural theory

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