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New doctoral dissertation: I Want Good Grades. An Ethnological Study on Practices and Resources of Pupils in Lower Secondary Education

By Göran Nygren, PhD candidate in Ethnology at Uppsala University

Geijer Hall, Campus English Park, Uppsala University, and over zoom, June 11 at 1:15 

What do pupils do to achieve high grades and a high merit rating? What ideas do they have about school? Which conditions and resources are significant? In the thesis, Göran Nygren examines how pupils at lower secondary schools achieve high grades at schools with high results. The location is the university city of Uppsala.

The study is ethnographic and we follow pupils in three classes in lower secondary school. Based on observations, dialogues and interviews, their strategies for school work and their ideas about school and the future are analysed. The book draws attention to the crucial importance of homework and parents. The results of the study bring into focus difficulties for school to offer equality in education and social justice.  

For more information and practicalities regarding Göran’s public PhD defense, please contact Sverker Finnström, Dir of Studies 3rd Cycle.

Read about other doctoral dissertations

Best Student Podcasts 2020

Students who are enrolled in the courses Ethnography and Multiculturalism and Swedish Society and Everyday Life at the department produce podcasts as part of their degree project. A jury from the department selects the top three from each course.

The winners of Best Student Podcats 2020

  • Katarina Graffman holds a Tedx talk

  • Sverker Finnström – I mangoträdets skugga (in Swedish)

  • The Swedish Research Council visits Sten Hagberg (subtitles in English)

  • Meet some researchers and PhD candidates 2018–2020

Last modified: 2021-05-24