Mari Bergroth

Mari Bergroth
University of Helsinki | HY · Department of Teacher Education

Professor (Associate) PhD

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Publications (22)
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This study examined student teachers' beliefs about teaching multilingual classrooms across three European contexts; Slovenia, Spain (Catalonia), and Finland. Research shows that teachers' confidence in handling linguistically diverse classrooms is lacking. Linguistically sensitive teaching (LST) was used as a lens to explore different expressions...
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Language-awareness (LA) is an abstract educational policy concept. This talk discusses developing LA through in-service training for ECEC professionals in Finland. Even though Finland is an officially bilingual country with a clear policy intention to promote plurilingualism for all, a recent survey (MINEDU, 2022) concluded that 53 % ECEC professio...
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The quick transition to distance teaching due to Covid-19 challenged the language aware teaching practices of the teachers. In this article we examine how teachers experienced distance teaching through the lens of language awareness and social relationships. Interview data of 10 teachers working within the Swedish-medium teacher education is analys...
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When all pupils are assured equal conditions, they can achieve educational success, regardless of their first language, culture, social background, origin, and age. The Erasmus+ project Linguistically sensitive teaching in all classrooms (Listiac) believes in supporting all teachers in becoming more linguistically sensitive to enable opportunities...
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The aim of this article is to examine local enactment of new curriculum policy, paying special attention to combining the language of instruction in the school (Finnish) and the immersion language (Swedish) in an early total one-way Swedish immersion programme in Finland at a programmatic level. The study combines ethnography with educational langu...
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The aim of this article is to examine local enactment of new curriculum policy, paying special attention to combining the language of instruction in the school (Finnish) and the immersion language (Swedish) in an early total one-way Swedish immersion programme in Finland at a programmatic level. The study combines ethnography with educational langu...
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This article examines the possibilities and challenges in turning a top-down action research project led by high-level public authorities into a shared and collaborative, multi-site and multi-professional bottom-up action research project. For this purpose, the article explores the initial stages of a European level action research project called '...
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This study sought to explore the ideological and implementational spaces for mainstreaming multilingual pedagogies (MPs) in initial teacher education (ITE) policies and curricula across the European Union. The concept of linguistically sensitive teaching (LST) was used as a lens to examine inclusive, equity-centred MPs in ITE. A multi-sited compara...
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This study aims to examine how practitioners of Swedish-medium early childhood education and care in Finland reflect on language awareness (LA). The study is conducted within in-service training on language awareness and language stimulating working methods. The data consist of nine group discussions on a SWOT-task, with 41 primary participants par...
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Educational policy is created in cooperation between policy actors both within and outside Finland. The concept policy includes both the documents where decisions are stated and the beliefs and practices that occur when these decisions are transformed to social actions in practice. However, there is not always any clear linear path from policymaker...
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Project “Linguistically sensitive teaching in all classrooms” (Listiac) aims to make an impact on initial teacher education systems in Europe through action research. In line with European policies, the seven partner countries including Finland, Spain (the autonomous Basque country and Catalonia), Belgium, France, Slovenia, Lithuania and Portugal w...
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Language aware schools need to be supported by language aware teacher education. In this study we analysed teacher socialisation among class teachers in Swedish immersion in Finland by qualitative content analysis of immersion teacher group discussions. We found that immersion teacher socialisation occurred mainly after entering the profession, as...
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Listiac (Linguistically Sensitive Teaching in All Classrooms) is a European policy experimentation project The aim is to bring forth an educational change on multiple levels and targets primarily pre service and in service teachers by developing and experimenting a theoretically informed reflection tool aimed at making (future) teachers linguistica...
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This study examines how practitioners of minority-medium Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Finland reflect on language awareness (LA) in their professional learning communities (PLCs). The study is conducted within in-service training for ECEC practitioners and it also highlights how these practitioner reflections can be of use and suppo...
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This article scrutinizes the concept of “success” in family language policy (henceforth FLP). Situated in three large-scale ethnographic projects, we center on the lived experiences of a parent in three families negotiating a pro-minority language FLP. These parents’ experiences are embedded in different sociopolitical contexts: an immigrant contex...
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Finland is officially a bilingual country but it is in practice multilingual. In the current study, we examined how mothers and fathers of mixed-language families linguistically identified themselves and others, and how ideological discourses and concepts historically and socially situated in Finland circulated through the parents’ talk. The parent...
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The current study examines bilingual children as language policy agents in the interplay between official language policy and education policy at three Swedish-medium preschools in Finland. For this purpose we monitored nine Finnish-Swedish bilingual children aged 3 to 5 years for 18 months. The preschools were located in three different parts of F...
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Educational partnerships occur at the intersection of early childhood education and care (ECEC), families, and the surrounding community, and have been shown to play a significant role in student success rates in education. There is, however, a gap in research on the role and potential of ‘partnership’ in the case of bilingual families with childre...
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This article explores the discourses surrounding the act of writing Section 10 Bilingual education in the new Finnish national core curriculum, which will be implemented in 2016. This section will set the parameters for programs that integrate language and content learning, where a minimum of two languages are used for instruction in content subjec...

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DiManDi maps the state of art in linguistically and culturally responsive teaching in the educational system of Finland. In the initial phase of the project, survey data collected in autumn 2021 are analysed with quantitative, qualitative, and comparative methods. The data include 2800 educational professionals working within early childhood education and care (N= 892), basic education (N=959), upper secondary school (N=279) and vocational school (N=670).
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The Listiac Project is developing and trialling a theoretically informed reflection tool aimed at making (future) teachers more linguistically sensitive in their beliefs, attitudes and actions. All students in the EU need teachers who are linguistically sensitive and responsive. Despite the existing research and the amount of tools developed for individual teachers, it remains difficult to change monolingually framed policies and practices in schools. The Listiac project intends to realise the desired change in teacher cognition, the education and professional development of teachers.
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The project aims to bring forth an educational change on multiple levels and targets primarily pre-service and in-service teachers by developing and experimenting a theoretically informed reflection tool aimed at making (future) teachers linguistically more sensitive in their beliefs, attitudes and actions in mainstream classrooms.