Student work and the multimodal challenge: a mixed methods study of students’ productive work in L1, science and mathematics

Jesper Bremholm, Rune Hansen, Marie Falkesgaard Slot

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Students’ productive work constitutes an essential part of the various learning activities students are in-volved in while in school. However, empirical research on students’ productive work in schools is quite sparse, and thus, we only know little about what kind of products the students make in different subjects, and how they relate to learning. This article presents a mixed methods study on students’ productive work in the subjects L1, science and mathematics in primary and lower secondary school in Denmark with a particular focus on the students’ use of multimodality. By combining a quantitative scoring of a large sam-ple of tasks and student products (n = 451) and qualitative classroom studies in L1, science and mathe-matics, the mixed methods study provides a picture of the practices related to students’ productive work in Danish schools. This picture shows, on the one hand, that there is obvious potential related to students’ multimodal productive work, and, on the other hand, that this potential is difficult to realize due to a number of barriers that overall point to the tenacity of conventional approaches to students’ productive work in Danish classrooms
TidsskriftL1 - Educational Studies in Languages and Literature
Sider (fra-til)1-27
Antal sider27
StatusUdgivet - 2018


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