Trans i skolan
: En studie av lärares och transelevers berättelser om möten med varandra, samt en undersökning av hinder och möjligheter för erkännande av transelever i gymnasieskolor i Sverige

Translated title of the thesis: Trans in School: A study of teachers’ and trans-gender students’ stories of encounters, and of possibilities and obstacles for recognition in Upper Secondary Schools in Sweden
  • Andréa Hofmann von Baltenau

Student thesis: Master, two years


This (master thesis) examines teachers’ and transgender students’ accounts of meeting and encountering each other and what possibilities and obstacles for recognition that their stories portray. The study and analysis are based on interviews with three students and three teachers at different upper secondary schools in Sweden (carried out during the fall of 2020). The analysis is grounded in Axel Honneths (2003) theory of recognition and aided by Carl-Göran Heidegrens (2009) analytical levels of recognition. The findings show how students’ experience recognition and misrecognition in school and in encounters with their teachers as well as how different aspects of teacher-student encounters affect trans and queer students’ everyday life in upper secondary school. The teachers’ accounts support these findings and the analysis sheds light on potential underlying reasons for acts of, or students’ experiences of, misrecognition. Such reasons include: Teachers’ knowledge gaps concerning (LGB)TQ issues, fear of ‘touching’ upon the subjects, their own need for recognition and difficulties to take the others’ perspective. The study concludes the need for school strategies that, among other things, aim to fill in teachers’ knowledge gaps concerning (LGB)TQ issues in order to better recognize trans* and queer students.

Date of Award2021-Aug-26
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorKatarina Blennow (Supervisor) & Lars-Erik Nilsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Ämneslärarutbildningen inriktning mot gymnasiet

Courses and Subjects

  • Miscellaneous

University credits

  • 30 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • transgender youth
  • students
  • gender non-conforming
  • teachers
  • upper secondary school
  • sweden
  • recognition
  • interaction
  • identity
  • honneth
  • heidegren
  • queer
  • education

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