Virtuelt Venskab

Jesper Jürgensen, Mette Juel Pedersen & Kirsti Astrid Borch Sørensen

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

This project is a study of how future teachers respond to a developed virtual concept called ’friendship class’. The concept is made for the website nordeniskolen.org, which focuses on Scandinavian languages and Nordic culture. The project examines the future teachers’ view on teaching this subject. This is done through a reception analysis based on Kim Schrøders multidimensional model. Interactivity is added as an additional dimension to the model, based on Vincent Miller’s idea of interactivity. The analysis draws on data from a qualitative interview with six future teachers. One of the authors was present as facilitator, the other as observer and the third as co-facilitator. The analysis is performed within the framework of Design Based Research (DBR), which is a research tradition with the objective of generating new knowledge through processes. An iteration of the concept has been made according to this. The qualitative interview was a part of this iteration as a test of the concept. Vincent Millers society-oriented mediasociological views on the information society are used to discuss whether the future teachers view the concept as an 'online community', or if their perception is more in line with his idea of the concept as a 'resource'. In addition to this we discuss if the future teachers see the concept as 'authentic'. We conclude that most of the future teachers have little motivation in teaching Scandinavian languages and Nordic culture. Furthermore they don’t know how to teach it. They see the virtual ‘friendship class’ as a possible resource to implement in their teaching but they think the students need to meet face to face. The future teachers present a series of recommendations that can be used to develop the concept further.

EducationsCommunication, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
LanguageDanish
Publication date20 Jun 2013
SupervisorsLisbeth Frølunde

Keywords

  • Norden i skolen
  • Venskabsklasse
  • Digitalt læremiddel
  • Receptionsanalyse
  • Foreningerne Nordens Forbund