Project Student Writing Competence

Posted on 29/03/16.

The aim of the project is to identify what texts and types of multimodal texts are produced today by 11-18-year old students in 3 different classroom contexts and to analyze different evaluation criteria for students' written texts. A comparison between students with Swedish as L1 in schools in Finland and Swedish as L2 in immersion classes in Finland is done to identify potential textual and genre related features related to individual lingual competence and the local and didactical environment.

Furthermore, the results of the studies conducted in Finland and Sweden are compared to find if the development of the students’ writing competence differs depending on linguistic context outside school. From a sociocultural perspective, where learning is seen as a dialogue and a social action in interaction with culture, environment and surroundings, the different linguistic environments in the project provide excellent conditions to study the significance of the classroom context in writing in Swedish.

The project brings together researchers from the University of Vaasa, Åbo Akademi University and Stockholm University under the leadership of Professor Siv Björklund, University of Vaasa. Åbo Akademi University is represented by Professor Ria Heilä-Ylikallio, Stockholm University is represented by university lecturer Ulrika Magnusson, Professor Monica Axelsson and assistant lecturer Katarina Rejman. Also doctoral student Camilla Rosvall (University of Vaasa) and doctoral student Anders Westerlund (Åbo Akadmi) are members of the research group. The project started in 2014 and has received funding by the Svenska kulturfonden trust.

The research group is headed by Professor Siv Björklund.