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Caroline Graeske
Caroline Graeske, lecturer at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Lars Andersson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Superficial reading impairs the understanding

Published: 6 July 2015

Cutified fiction and a reduction in Swedish teaching in vocational high school programs risks widening the knowledge gap in Swedish society. But new research at Luleå University of Technology now offers tools to improve reading comprehension among our young people.

- I want to make visible of the different variant of reading and really work with the entire fiction. Many times today's students only get short excerpts of example Hamlet, instead of selecting a few fictions and really cave down on a deeper level. Reading is not just about quantity, but there must also be a strategy to really assimilate the language and a deeper understanding, says Caroline Graeske, lecturer at Luleå University of Technology.

Fiction of a key input

Caroline Graeske is the author of the book Of fiction diversity - of teaching materials, readings and didactic design in which she presents eight different readings, or strategies to deal with fictions.

- Often Swedish tuition dwells only on the more superficial forms of readings. I mean that also gender perspectives, themes, history and the form should be offered to all secondary students, says Caroline Graeske who are concerned about what this development in the Swedish education will lead to.

- We can already see that the students who come to the universities have increasing problems to express themselves both orally and in writing, and in the long term, it risks becoming even worse. Language is such a fundamental part of us human beings.

Deprived of their mother tongue

With the new curriculum in 2011 the Swedish education in the country's vocational high school programs was reduced. This was motivated by different jobs require different kinds of skills. But it is an argument Caroline Graeske dismisses.

- Knowledge goals are the same for all programs in secondary school and I think we have a responsibility to all students.

A step to bringing the fiction to young people may also be taking advantage of the gaming world says Caroline Graeske.

- Here we could use our rich literary history to create environments and characters that speak to the young people on their own terms. To some extent the school environment is still in the 1800s with pen and paper. Gamification is not necessarily the key to all knowledge but we have to find new ways to reach younger generations.


Caroline Graeske

Graeske, Caroline - Associate Professor, Acting Head of Department

Organisation: Swedish and Education, Education and Languages, Department of Health, Education and Technology
Phone: +46 (0)920 491005
Room: D505 - Luleå»