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  • Public Consultation on Proposed Revisions to Norway's Gene Technology Act: An Analysis of the Consultation Framing, Stakeholder Concerns, and the Integration of Non-Safety Considerations 

    Kjeldaas, Sigfrid; Antonsen, Trine; Hartley, Sarah; Myhr, Anne Ingeborg (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-07-08)
    In Norway, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are regulated through the Gene Technology Act of 1993, which has received international attention for its inclusion of non-safety considerations. In 2017, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board triggered a process to revise the Act that included a public consultation and resulted in the “Proposal for relaxation.” Using poststructuralist discourse ...
  • Literary Contact Zones in the Upper Secondary Classroom: Using Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age to build health and life skills 

    Johannessen, Kathrine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-05-18)
    This thesis utilizes Kiley Reid’s novel Such A Fun Age with its realistic characters and themes as a method to teach students about the interdisciplinary topic of health and life skills in the new national curricula, LK20. Because the LK20 began its implementation in Norwegian schools the year prior to this thesis, there is a need for more in-depth knowledge about the interdisciplinary topics as ...
  • Grammatical Gender and Declension Class in Language Change: A Study of the Loss of Feminine Gender in Norwegian 

    Rodina, Yulia; Westergaard, Marit (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-07-28)
    In this paper, we investigate an ongoing change in the grammatical gender system of Norwegian. Previous research has shown that the feminine form of the indefinite article is quickly disappearing from several dialects, which has led to claims that the feminine gender is being lost from the language. We have carried out a study of the status of the feminine in possessives across five age groups of ...
  • Expecting the unexpected: Code-switching as a facilitatory cue in online sentence processing 

    Tomic, Aleksandra; Valdés Kroff, Jorge (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-08-11)
    Despite its prominent use among bilinguals, psycholinguistic studies reported code-switch processing costs (e.g., Meuter & Allport, 1999). This paradox may partly be due to the focus on the code-switch itself instead of its potential subsequent benefits. Motivated by corpus studies on CS patterns and sociopragmatic functions of CS, we asked whether bilinguals use code-switches as a cue to the lexical ...
  • The effect of givenness and referring expression on dative alternation in Norwegian: A reaction time study 

    Velnic, Marta; Anderssen, Merete (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-06-17)
    This study investigates how givenness and pronominality affect the dative alternation in Norwegian. Previous studies have found givenness to influence the Double Object Dative (DOD) but not the Prepositional Dative (PD). Thirty-one Norwegian native speakers completed a speeded acceptability judgment task, in which given objects were expressed by definite DPs or pronouns, and either preceded or ...
  • Interdependence between L1 and L2: the case of Syrian children with refugee backgrounds in Canada and the Netherlands 

    Blom, Wilhelmina Bernardina T.; Soto-Corominas, Adriana; Attar, Zahraa; Daskalaki, Evangelia; Paradis, Johanne (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-07-15)
    Children who are refugees become bilingual in circumstances that are often challenging and that can vary across national contexts. We investigated the second language (L2) syntactic skills of Syrian children aged 6-12 living in Canada (n = 56) and the Netherlands (n = 47). Our goal was to establish the impact of the first language (L1 = Syrian Arabic) skills on L2 (English, Dutch) outcomes and whether ...
  • Gaming in Second Language Acquisition: A literature review and discussion on gaming as a resource in the English classroom 

    Hind, Dennis Andreas (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-18)
    This thesis has looked at research relating to the effects of gaming on English language acquisition and discuss the findings in context of the Norwegian lower secondary school. Relevant research in the field was identified by using relevant search strings, recommendations from my supervisor, and by looking at the references from the research I discovered via search strings. The research reviewed ...
  • English Vocabulary Development Through MMORPGs: A theoretic study on the impact of vocabulary development through playing MMORPGs 

    Holstad, Ask (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-16)
    This study investigates how MMORPGs influence the vocabulary of L2 learners through comparing the existing research on vocabulary acquisition to shed new light on research on vocabulary acquisition within MMORPGs. Furthermore, it examines how the findings of the reviewed research can influence English education as we know it today. The research question are as follows: How does playing online ...
  • Hva kjennetegner en matematisk samtale? 

    Stormo, Martine Terese (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-15)
    Denne studien er basert på forskningsspørsmålet: Hvilke samtaletrekk kjennetegner kommunikasjonsmønsteret i matematikk mellom lærer og elever i ulike klasserom, og på hvilken måte kan bruken av arbeidstavler som en del av undervisningen ha noe å si for kommunikasjonsmønsteret? Avhandlingens teorigrunnlag belyser strukturer for matematiske samtaler og sentral empirisk teori om lærere og elevers ...
  • Creating a Love of Reading Through Young Adult Fiction in Norwegian Lower Secondary Schools 

    Malmin, Tiedemand (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-06-01)
    Creating a love of reading is important for students to develop early to prepare them for academia and their work life is also mentioned by UDIR. With the concept love of reading there is an implied intrinsic motivation to read, which is why the thesis will look at motivational factors that impede or facilitate motivation to read. The introduction of the new curriculum in 2020, also brought with it ...
  • Everyday Peace in the Ecovillage: Unity and Strength through Diversity 

    Van Roekel, Allison (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-31)
    Abstract: Peace and conflict studies can benefit from studying small, ordinary, peaceful communities, in contrast to focusing on outlier events of violence, conflict and war. As a peace from below approach, the ecovillage model offers insights on how ordinary people innovate new ways to build and sustain peace within a microcosm of society, focusing intensely on the local. The aim of this research ...
  • Exploiting Unhappy Orcs & Gullible Hobbits: Colonialism and Oppression in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings 

    Strømsnes, Silje Nilsen (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-30)
    This master’s thesis investigates J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and specifically its three volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, from a post-colonial literary perspective. By examining these books based on Edward Said’s theory of Orientalism and Frantz Fanon’s ideas on national culture, reveals a new and original argument about Orcs and Hobbits ...
  • Multimodal Young Adult Fiction and Reading Motivation 

    Elstad, Martine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-05-17)
    This thesis investigates two young-adult novels, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), in light of how they can enhance reading motivation among young male readers in lower secondary school. By looking at previous studies on boys’ reading habits and their reading preferences, this thesis ...
  • "No funk" - shame, violence and the black body: An investigation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and God Help the Child 

    Jensen, Nanna (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-05-16)
    This thesis will provide an analysis of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970) and God Help the Child (2015) in light of historical context and gothic literary tropes, with the main focus on shame and the black body, violence and the inheritance of shame in families. I will show how an intertextual gothic reading of characters highlights the structural problems of racism in the shadow of slavery and ...
  • Gender, sexuality and the quest for understanding in young adult fiction novels featuring transgender characters, using Rick Riordan’s Hammer of Thor and Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl. 

    Åsebø, Stian Martin (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-18)
    An exploration of LGBTQIA+ gender and identity, with emphasis on transgender issues, in Rick Riordan’s Hammer of Thor and Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl. Using concepts of intersectionality, gender performativity and resistance consciousness, the text contextualizes these award-winning young adult fiction novels within the framework of the Norwegian curriculum and exploring some potential for ...
  • Amplified Love in Sarah Kane's Cleansed: A Jar of Nuances 

    Christoffersen, Helle Ovedie (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-15)
    Sarah Kane’s play Cleansed created headlines in 1995 due to its violent and shocking content. While the theme of love has been acknowledged in the discourse on the play since its original staging, the emphasis has been on the grotesque nature of the play. This thesis aims to bring attention the theme of love in Cleansed and argues that the violence is merely a tool in amplifying the experience of ...
  • Aptitude in the Classroom: an empirical study of the pedagogical functionality of the LLAMA test battery in an upper secondary school 

    Larsen, Morten Skillingstad (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-15)
    This thesis explores the suitability of using aptitude testing and the LLAMA aptitude tests in a Norwegian upper secondary school class, and the potential pedagogical advantages such testing can have. Aptitude testing entails measuring language learners’ specific talent for learning foreign languages and this is an individual difference that exhibits considerable variation between learners (Dörnyei ...
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, a Canonical Representation with an Entry to In-Depth Learning in the Norwegian Classroom 

    Anderssen, Simen Strøm (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-14)
    This thesis, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, a Canonical Representation with an Entry to In-Depth Learning in the Norwegian Classroom, defines a bridge between Western Canonical literature and in-depth learning by using the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon. The novel is a popular choice already in Norwegian classrooms, ...
  • Decadence and Murder in Oscar Wilde's Literature 

    Kouhestani, Parastoo (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-18)
    This thesis investigates decadence – moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury and its opposition to most Victorian ideals – and highlights murder as the possible and often-following consequence of this phenomenon specifically in the literature of Oscar Wilde, a certified decadent aesthete whose legacy remains valuable today. The role of various decadent ...
  • English Literature and Digital Creativity in the Classroom 

    Krogh, Ida Margrethe Rask (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-15)
    The main objective of this thesis is to address how we can use Mark Haddon’s complex 2004 multitextual novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Jay Asher’s controversial novel Thirteen Reasons Why with the methods of digital storytelling (DST) and podcasts to educate pupils in upper secondary school in Norway to become creative, engaged, inquisitive and critical thinkers. Furthermore, ...

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