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Ekstrand, B. (2015). What it takes to keep children in school: a research review. Educational review (Birmingham), 67(4), 459-482
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2015 (English)In: Educational review (Birmingham), ISSN 0013-1911, E-ISSN 1465-3397, Vol. 67, no 4, p. 459-482Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Unauthorized absence from school, commonly labelled truancy, absenteeism, and dropout, is a problem that has been increasingly noted in recent years by the National Agency for Education, county councils, communities, and media in Sweden. It is also a prioritized issue in Europe and worldwide. Many students leave school without credentials or a compulsory-school leaving certificate; this is believed to have consequences for the individual as well as for society. Elementary education is regarded of importance for the welfare of the individual, his or her future, potential employment opportunities, and as a measure against criminality, drug misuse, and social exclusion. From a societal perspective, elementary education is perceived to be crucial for future work and development in society, as well as a prerequisite for democracy. What encourages school attendance and prevents unauthorized school absence? This article presents a review of the results and recommendations of 155 research reports focusing on absence prevention and school attendance. The review points to the need for an outspoken and elaborate shift in perspective from a focus on individual characteristics and individually related factors to the responsibility of the school and the community. Forces that draw students to school are a feeling of school success reached by strengthening core competencies, the possibility of bonding with adults, and a school climate that students deem positive.

Keywords
truancy, absenteeism, dropouts, prevention, attendance
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13014 (URN)10.1080/00131911.2015.1008406 (DOI)000360610700004 ()
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2014). Prerequisites for persistence in distance education. In: : . Paper presented at ECER Conference, European Conference on Educational Research, Porto, 2-5 September.
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2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13018 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference, European Conference on Educational Research, Porto, 2-5 September
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2013). Forskningsanknytning i högre utbildning i allmänhet och lärarutbildning i synnerhet. In: : . Paper presented at Dialogkonferens. Pedagogisk Forskning i Skåne, 28 augusti 2013, Lund.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forskningsanknytning i högre utbildning i allmänhet och lärarutbildning i synnerhet
2013 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Higher Education is expected to build on a scientific ground and the link between teaching and research is meant to be strong. This is an old assertion strongly connected in a historical perspective to an extensive amount of research about the theory and practice nexus. Albeit more than three and a half decenniums of reforms and efforts in Sweden, since teacher education became a part of the university and higher education system 1977, teacher education in Sweden is still criticized in this matter. In this project the ambition is to map research on research-based teacher education and complementary. The aim is to analyse questions raised and research result outcomes in this research genre. The result indicates that research on a research-based teacher education foremost focuses and discusses organizational, institutional and administrative factors; treatment of content in teacher education is rare. The result is analysed in a broad perspective of sociological theories of knowledge. Using information science research, a model linking teaching to research is suggested in the aim to enhance teacher education and teacher student qualifications emphasizing the critical ones.  Keywords: theory practice nexus, research-based education (research-led education, research-oriented education), teacher education, research content, information science, sociology of knowledge.

National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13019 (URN)
Conference
Dialogkonferens. Pedagogisk Forskning i Skåne, 28 augusti 2013, Lund
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2013). Prerequisites for persistence in distance education. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 16(4)
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2013 (English)In: Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, ISSN 1556-3847, Vol. 16, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last two decades, distance education has grown worldwide and is now established as a reliable educational method. Accompanying this development, questions about low rates of student persistence have come to interest governments, institutions, and university management. This article is based on an original local study at a university in Sweden investigating what it takes to get students to continue their enrolment in courses or programs. Teachers' views were captured in interviews and focus groups. These views were analyzed in the context of research in the field catalogued under the keywords "retention" and "persistence" in "distance education" and "distance learning." The results indicate that the teachers would like to see a shift in focus from students to the organization and its technical and administrative teacher and learner support. Staff attitudes, institutional structure, and the management views towards distance education seem to be critical factors.

Keywords
Distance education, persistence, retention, management, teachers, attitudes, views
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11119 (URN)
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2013). Recent developments in educational research in several European countries. Part I: developments in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Istanbul, 10-13 September.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recent developments in educational research in several European countries. Part I: developments in Sweden
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13020 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Istanbul, 10-13 September
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2012). Ett helhetsgrepp för ökad genomströmning i nät- och distansundervisning.: en internutredning. Dnr2012-111-33.. Kristianstad: Högskolan Kristianstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett helhetsgrepp för ökad genomströmning i nät- och distansundervisning.: en internutredning. Dnr2012-111-33.
2012 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristianstad: Högskolan Kristianstad, 2012
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13031 (URN)
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2012). Recent developments in educational research in several European countries, Part I and II: developments in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Cadiz, 18-21 September.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recent developments in educational research in several European countries, Part I and II: developments in Sweden
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13021 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Cadiz, 18-21 September
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2011). Recent developments in educational research in several european countries: recent developments in educational research in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Berlin, 12-16 September.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recent developments in educational research in several european countries: recent developments in educational research in Sweden
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13022 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference/European Conference on Educational Research, Berlin, 12-16 September
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B. (2011). Research methodologies in higher education: research methodologies in higher education critically mapped. In: : . Paper presented at ECER Conference/European Conference in Educational Research, Berlin, 12-16 September.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Research methodologies in higher education: research methodologies in higher education critically mapped
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13023 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference/European Conference in Educational Research, Berlin, 12-16 September
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
Ekstrand, B., Boström, A. & Seebass, G. (2010). Ett literacy-begrepp för kvalitet i högre utbildning: om informationssökning. Högskolepedagogisk debatt, 1(1), 41-59
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett literacy-begrepp för kvalitet i högre utbildning: om informationssökning
2010 (Swedish)In: Högskolepedagogisk debatt, ISSN 2000-9216, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 41-59Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-7986 (URN)
Available from: 2011-04-18 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
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