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Dialogisk läsning - Shared Readings möjligheter och begränsningar i klassrummet

Dialogic reading - Shared Reading’s limitations and possibilities in the classroom


  • Max Dagerman
  • Jon Wallinder

Summary, in English

The overarching aim of this study is to clarify the reading method Shared Reading’s potential and limitations as a method of teaching literature in the subject of Swedish in upper-secondary school. Shared Reading is a reading method that combines reading aloud and conversation about the text during reading. A trained facilitator is responsible for keeping the conversation alive, but the conversations focus is on the participants’ personal response to the text. To this aim, we analyse school policy documents and the reading method’s handbook using two theoretical frameworks, to explore whether Shared Reading can be employed in school practice. Following that, the method is observed as practiced in a school setting to inquire into the relationship between theory and practice. This is supplemented with participant interviews. The theoretical frameworks focus on (1) different perspectives taken while reading (reading positions) and (2) whether the mode of conversation encourages dialogic learning (mode of conversation). The result of the analysis of the policy documents and handbook shows that there is potential to employ Shared Reading in upper-secondary school. However, the match is not perfect, and the reading method is most fitting to use in the Swedish entry level course (Swedish 1). The observations showed that there are challenges with using Shared Reading to its full effect in a school setting. Amongst these are the fundamental role of voluntary participation in Shared Reading which proved difficult to recreate in a classroom setting. This explains the relatively low participant activity in the present study. Still, our results show a lot of potential in using Shared Reading, notably the prevalent use of conversation modelling and the aim to focus on the personal experience while reading. Our suggestion is to view Shared Reading as a series of tools to use and be inspired by when teaching literature.

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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Shared Reading
  • Skolans styrdokument
  • Svenska
  • Ämnesdidaktik
  • Undervisning
  • Litteraturarbete
  • Läsposition
  • Dialog
  • Flerstämmighet


  • Anders Ohlsson (Professor)