"Utan stöd hade jag hoppat av"
: några elevröster om stöd i studierna inom en kommunal vuxenutbildning

Translated title of the thesis: "Without support, I would have dropped out": some students' voices on support in municipal adult education studies
  • Maria von Melen

Student thesis: Master, one year


The study investigates how students in need of support within municipal adult education, perceive the support given as well as its effects on their results or preconditions. The study’s aim originates from today’s changed and thereby more heterogenic student groups in combination with the lack of a mandatory multi-professional school health care teams. Theoretical perspectives used are the sociocultural theory, relational pedagogy and the theory of KASAM. The participants were upper secondary school students and were asked to answer an anonymous digital survey as well as to participate in a semi-structured interview. The result showed that a majority of the students experience that they have been given the support needed from teachers, study and career guides and the special educator as well as other school professions. The themes that were found were organized in five categories: accessibility, reception, motivation, preconditions and relationship. The analysis showed that trustful relationships included a trustable reception and accessibility, both pedagogically and socio-emotionally, which could lead to increased preconditions and thereby to an increased motivation in a circular process. The discussion gave that the role of the special educator, together with head teachers and the school board, could work together with school development within the municipal adult education; the special educator’s role could then be to be responsible for bringing a scientific ground to further education to school professions about the importance of trustful relations for this student group.

Date of Award2020-Sep-08
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorSofia Lindberg (Supervisor) & Carin Roos (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • accessibility
  • adult education
  • motivation
  • need of support
  • perception
  • preconditions
  • special education
  • teacher student relationship

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