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  • 301. Allwood, Carl Martin
    et al.
    Jonsson, Anna-Carin
    University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
    Granhag, Per-Anders
    The effects of source and type of feedback on child witnesses’ metamemory accuracy2005In: Applied Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 0888-4080, E-ISSN 1099-0720, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 331-344Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigated the effect of feedback on the accuracy (realism) of 12-year-old children's metacognitive judgments of their answers to questions about a film clip. Two types of judgments were investigated: confidence judgments (on each question) and frequency judgments (i.e. estimates of overall accuracy). The source of feedback, whether it was presented as provided by a teacher or a peer child, did not influence metacognitive accuracy. Four types of feedback were given depending on whether the participant's answer was correct and depending on whether the feedback confirmed or disconfirmed the child's answer. The children showed large overconfidence when they received confirmatory feedback but much less so when they received disconfirmatory feedback. The children gave frequency judgments implying that they had more correct answers than they actually had. No main gender differences were found for any of the measures. The results indicate a high degree of malleability in children's metacognitive judgments.

  • 302. Allwood, Carl-Martin
    et al.
    Granhag, Pär-Anders
    Jonsson, Anna-Carin
    The cognitive interview and Its effect on witnessess' confidence2004In: Psychology, Crime and Law, ISSN 1068-316X, E-ISSN 1477-2744, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 37-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Today there is ample evidence that the Cognitive Interview (CI) enhances witnesses’ memory. However, less is known about how the CI affects eyewitnesses’ confidence. To address this shortcoming we conducted a study analyzing how realism in confidence was affected by the CI. All participants (n /79) were first shown a filmed kidnapping. After 2 weeks we interviewed one-third of the participants according to the guidelines of the CI, one-third according to a Standard Interview (SI), and one-third were not interviewed at all (Control condition). Participants in all three conditions were then asked to answer 45 forced-choice questions, and to give a confidence judgment after each choice. For the 45 questions, no differences in accuracy were found between the three conditions. Confidence was higher in the CI and SI conditions, compared with the Control condition. CI and SI did not differ in metacognitive realism but both showed lower realism compared with the Control condition, although only CI significantly so. The results indicate that the inflation in confidence is more likely to be explained in terms of a reiteration effect , than as a consequence of the particular mnemonics characterizing the CI (e.g. ‘‘mental reinstatement of context’’). In sum, CI does not seem to impair (or improve) the realism in witnesses’ confidence, and does not inflate confidence in erroneous recall, compared to a SI

  • 303.
    Allwood, Carl-Martin
    et al.
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    Jonsson, Anna-Carin
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    Stability and variability in the realism of confidence judgments over time, content domain and gender2003In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 559-574Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the influence on the realism of confidence judgments of four different factors, the individual, the knowledge domain (crystallized and fluid intelligence), gender and cognitive style (Need-for-Cognition, NfC). Seventy-nine high-school students answered questions on word knowledge (WORD) and logical/spatial ability (DTK); both tests were administered on three occasions with two weeks between each trial. After each test question, each individual gave a confidence rating of his or her answer. The results showed some, but not perfect, individual stability. Furthermore, within-subject differences were found between domains (WORD/DTK); the participants showed better calibration and less overconfidence for the WORD-test as compared to the DTK-test. No stable gender differences were found for any of the two tests. Finally, the results show that having high NfC is not associated with better realism in confidence judgments. These results suggest that the realism of confidence judgments is, at least on the distal level, influenced by many different factors.

  • 304.
    Allwood, Jens
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Lenzen, Manuela (Editor)
    Knoblich, Günther (Editor)
    Dimensions of embodied communication: towards a typology of embodied communication2008In: Embodied communication in humans and machines, Oxford University Press, 2008Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 305.
    Allwood, Jens
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Multimodal Corpora2008In: Corpus Linguistics. An International Handbook, Vol. 1-2, p. 207-225Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 306.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Ahlsén, Elisabeth
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Multimodal Intercultural Interaction and Communication Technology: A conceptual framework for designing and evaluating Multimodal Intercultural Communicators2009In: Multimodal Corpora, Springer , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 307.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Boholm, Max
    Repeated head movements, their function and relation to speech2010In: In Proceedings of the Workshop on Multimodal Corpora: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing Multimodality (MMC2010), Valetta, Malta May 18 / [ed] M. Kipp, J. C. Martin, P. Paggio, D. Heylen, D. Tapias, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 308.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Grammer, Karl
    Kopp, Stefan
    Ahlsén, Elisabeth
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Stocksmeier, Thorsten
    Modeling embodied feedback with virtual humans2008In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743, E-ISSN 1611-3349, Vol. 4930Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 309.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Hammarström, Harald
    Hendrikse, Andries
    Ngcobo, Mtholeni N.
    Nomdebevana, Nozibele
    Pretorius, Laurette
    van der Merwe, Mac
    Work on Spoken (Multimodal) Language Corpora in South Africa2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes past, ongoing and planned work on the collection and transcription of spoken language samples for all the South African official languages and as part of this the training of researchers in corpus linguistic research skills. More specifically the work has involved (and still involves) establishing an international corpus linguistic network linked to a network hub at a UNISA website and the development of research tools, a corpus research guide and workbook for multimodal communication and spoken language corpus research. As an example of the work we are doing and hope to do more of in the future, we present a small pilot study of the influence of English and Afrikaans on the 100 most frequent words in spoken Xhosa as this is evidenced in the corpus of spoken interaction we have gathered so far. Other planned work, besides work on spoken language phenomena, involves comparison of spoken and written language and work on communicative body movements (gestures) and their relation to speech.

  • 310.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Hendrikse, A.P.
    Ahlsén, Elisabeth
    Words and alternative basic units for linguistic analysis2010In: In Linguistic Theory and Raw Sound / [ed] P. J. Henrichsen, Samfundslitteratur, Copenhagen , 2010, p. 9-26Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 311. Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    Jensen, MikaelUniversity of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
    Kognitionsvetenskap2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 312.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Jokinen, Kristiina
    Hesitation in Intercultural Communication: Some Observations and Analyses on Interpreting Shoulder Shrugging2010In: Computing and Communication: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (LNCS) / [ed] T. Ishida, Springer , 2010, p. 55-70Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper concerns the different ways in which hesitation, and hesitation related phenomena like uncertainty, doubt and other phenomena where lack of knowledge is involved are expressed in different cultures. The paper focuses especially on shoulder shrugging as a signal of hesitation or uncertainty, and starts from the observation that shoulder shrugging has different interpretations depending on the interlocutor’s cultural background. It is not commonly used in Eastern cultures while in Western cultures it is a sign of uncertainty and ignorance. The paper reports a small study on the differences in interpretation of a particular video tape gesture, and draws some preliminary conclusions of how this affects intercultural communication between human interlocutors and between humans and conversational agents.

  • 313.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Kopp, Stefan
    Grammer, Karl
    Ahlsén, Elisabeth
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Oberzaucher, Elizabeth
    Koppensteiner, Markus
    The analysis of embodied communicative feedback in multimodal corpora: a prerequisite for behavior simulation2008In: Language resources and evaluation, ISSN 1574-020X, E-ISSN 1574-0218, Vol. 41, no 3-4, p. 255-272Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Communicative feedback refers to unobtrusive (usually short) vocal or bodily expressions whereby a recipient of information can inform a contributor of information about whether he/she is able and willing to communicate, perceive the information, and understand the information. This paper provides a theory for embodied communicative feedback, describing the different dimensions and features involved. It also provides a corpus analysis part, describing a first data coding and analysis method geared to find the features postulated by the theory. The corpus analysis part describes different methods and statistical procedures and discusses their applicability and the possible insights gained with these methods.

  • 314.
    Allwood, Jens
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Yavada, Yogendra P
    Hardie, Andres
    Lohani, R R
    Rhegmi, Bhim
    Gurung, S
    Gurung, A
    McEnery, Tony
    Hall, Pat
    Construction and annotation of a corpus of contemporary Nepali2008In: Corpora, ISSN 1749-5032, E-ISSN 1755-1676, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 213-225Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we describe the construction of the 14-million-word Nepali National Corpus (NNC). This corpus includes both spoken and written data, the latter incorporating a Nepali match for FLOB and a broader collection of text. Additional resources within the NNC include parallel data (English–Nepali and Nepali–English) and a speech corpus. The NNC is encoded as Unicode text and marked up in CES-compatible XML. The whole corpus is also annotated with part-of-speech tags. We describe the process of devising a tagset and retraining tagger software for the Nepali language, for which there were no existing corpus resources. Finally, we explore some present and future applications of the corpus, including lexicography, NLP, and grammatical research.

  • 315.
    Alm, Hanna
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Skoglund, Lina
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Risker med global sourcing2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Global sourcing has increased rapidly within the apparel-and textile industry over the last 20 years. Fashion companies are constantly searching for new sourcing countries to gain cost- and competitive advantages. The search for lower cost and reduction of trade barriers has driven a number of companies to adapt a global sourcing strategy. However, this strategy has contribute to an increase complexity in the sourcing process and expose companies to a number of risk. The purpose with this study is to examine which areas a fashion company should investigate when choosing a sourcing country to avoid potential risks. Through an extensive literature review we have gathered critical factors to consider when selecting new sourcing markets. The empirical part is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews and observations with one selected Swedish fashion brand. The study has been supplemented with scientific articles and documents provided by the selected company. The result of the study show that, country selection depend on which factors companies values the most in relation to the amount of risks the company can endure. The sourcing process differs from countries and product, with different risk factors, which makes the sourcing process complex and difficult to control.

    This essay is written in Swedish.

  • 316.
    Alm, Håkan
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Culture Shock in Bangkok: Little anecdotes from Bangkok and Thailand2000Other (Other academic)
  • 317.
    Alm, Håkan
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Self Services and Disservices: Improving Avatars with Co-Design2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Corporations and government agencies that use Avatars claim there are substantial benefits for using them in their respective organizations; including 24/7 service availability, quick answers without a phone queue, and improved consistency in the responses provided. “There are also potential cost savings by having an Avatar answering questions compared to using personnel” (Lind and Salomonson, 2006). However, these benefits may not be great enough as the lack of possible human communication may lead to alienation between individuals and organisations. Furthermore, a robot may “miss out” on business opportunities that a human would act on. A robot will not hear and understand nuances in speech, with the risk that a potentially problematic situation may not be adequately resolved, leading to dissatisfaction with products and services delivered. Many companies measure the satisfaction with Avatars by analysing question and answer logs to see if the Avatar appears to give satisfactory answers. Few of these companies have actually asked their customers (e.g. IKEA and SAS until recently) what they really feel about the quality of the answers they receive. User Centered Design, Participatory Design and other methods are the preferred ways of developing such systems, but these do not include all stakeholders. This thesis addresses this exclusion of all stakeholders by applying a co-design research approach for developing avatars for e-Services. Case studies from Mark Municipality, Sweden and Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) are presented in this thesis showing how improvements of service quality aspects with Avatars can be managed by applying a four-step Co-Design research approach. From the first step of Co-Design, through interviews, log analysis and a channel survey, findings show that the failed dialogues with Avatars Eva (SAS) and Elin (Mark) are mainly concerned with five factors: interactivity; dialogue capability; consistency; knowledge; and synonyms. In the second step of carrying out customer workshops, a number of ideal scenarios are suggested for the Avatars to perform better. In the third step, SAS decision makers decided to implement the first three scenarios: Eva’s synonyms, knowledge and consistency. Mark decision makers decided to shut down their Avatar Elin, as they did not believe they had the necessary resources. In the fourth step, another channel survey was carried out for SAS as well as a new log analysis in order to know the impact of the redevelopment of the above three scenarios. An important result of the study was that the company adopted the continuous use of Co-Design as an approach to continuous improvement of the service quality performed by the Avatar Eva. This, for example, led to an increase of 14 percentage points on the users overall satisfaction level. The results also open a new set of questions framing the relation and transformation between Co-Design as a research approach for knowledge creation and Co-Design as a method for innovation and service quality improvements. This thesis also presents an Extended Co-Design Model, which illustrates how Co-Design inspires SAS staff. In addition, the staff of the supplier of the Avatar use it for other functions within and without SAS.

  • 318.
    Alm, Håkan
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Forsgren, Olov
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Successful use of avatar/e-services: powerful, but needs a knowledge manager with proper methods2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we are presenting some theoretical background, some practical applications and some future scenarios of the use of the human being as a metaphor for design and implementation of e-services/avatars. The main conclusion is that e-services/avatars technology is a powerful concept but without a new profession as knowledge manager in the background, there’s a big risk for failure. We are also presenting a co-design model as a tool for the knowledge manager.

  • 319.
    Alm, Håkan
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Forsgren, Olov
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Johansson, Torbjörn
    Göbel, Hannes
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    X-services: eXtended avatar-services with integrated human – driven knowledge management – a new service galaxy2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 320.
    Alm, Håkan
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Janecek, Paul
    Forsgren, Olov
    Co-design Research and Business Development: Case of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)2014In: Systemic Practice and Action Research, ISSN 1094-429X, E-ISSN 1573-9295, Vol. 27, no 5, p. 465-483Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Co-design practices are carried out in different fields of studies. Some of the key advocates of Co-design originate from business. In this study the four steps of Co-design approach is applied. From the first step of Co-design, through interviews, log analysis and a channel survey, findings show that the failed dialogues with Avatar Eva are mainly concerned with five factors: interactivity; dialogue capability; consistency; knowledge; and synonyms. In the second step, carrying out customer workshops, we suggested ten ideal scenarios for Avatar Eva to perform better. In the third step, SAS decision makers decided to implement the first three scenarios: Eva’s synonyms; knowledge and Eva’s consistency. In the fourth step, another channel survey was carried out as well as a new log analysis to know the impact of the redevelopment above three scenarios. An important result of the study was that the company adopted a continuous use of Co-design as an approach of continuous improvement of the service quality performed by the Avatar Eva. It also opens a new set of questions framing the relation and transformation between Co-design as a research approach for knowledge creation and Co-design as a method for innovation and service quality improvements. The study presents an Extended Co-design Model, which illustrates how the Co-design inspires staff to use it for other functions within and without the SAS.

  • 321.
    Alm, Håkan
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Lind, Mikael
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Salomonson, Nicklas
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Brems, Mikael
    Guth, Kerstin
    Karlsson, Pia
    Sundhäll, Ralf
    Metod för utveckling av medborgarkontakter i Marks kommun2008Report (Other academic)
  • 322.
    Alm, Klas Håkan
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Academic Portfolio2016Other (Other academic)
  • 323.
    Alm, Klas Håkan
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Mobile Payments: A Game Changer?2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 324.
    Alm, Klas Håkan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Söderholm, Jonas
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    International Higher Education: Local Initiatives Enabling Global Citizens2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Education at University of Borås is internationally connected to varying degree and form. This report looks at a selection of initiatives in order to explore the past, present and future role of UB internationalization. As a basis for the review, 7 students are interviewed on their international experience in their education – exchange studies and minor field studies (MFS) respectively. The participants stress the role of personal development and career enablement, and perceive their international experience as a distinct, unique element of their education. Possibilities and problems are then identified and related to the current literature on international education, learning and pedagogics. The study lands in a critical discussion on the future development of UB education. Key points of development: To meet the Bologna 20 percent commitment, more efforts need to be made on promoting and enabling internationalization to students, faculty and administrators. Curricular hurdles need to be removed as not to hamper students’ programme progression for going abroad. Teachers’ competency building efforts such as the Teaching and learning in higher education course could benefit from further elements of internationalization.

  • 325.
    Almefjord, Olof
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Carlsson, Andreas
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Svenska ambulanssjukvårdens beredskap: 5 år av allvarliga händelser2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Svenska ambulanssjukvården hanterar dagligen trauma händelser som skapar lidande för såväl patienter som närstående. En allvarlig händelse är en händelse då resurserna inte täcker det behov som finns utan kvalitetskraven måste sänkas. Genom att arbeta vetenskapligt och standardiserat under allvarliga händelser så kan mortaliteten bli lägre och lidandet minska hos patienterna. Författarna tror att den svenska ambulanssjukvården inte har tillräcklig beredskap för att hantera de allvarliga händelserna som sker i landet.

    Syftet med studien var att undersöka om ambulanssjukvården i Sverige har beredskap för att ge snabb vård i samband med allvarliga händelser med flertalet drabbade. Problemet undersöktes med en kvantitativ ansats med data som innehöll tider från allvarliga händelser i Sverige under åren 2010-2014. Totalt 414 händelser där sju ambulanser eller fler var inblandade analyserades och där skillnader hittades inom responstiden, platstiden, tiden till sjukhus samt när alla patienter var avtransporterade. Studien visar att vid de flesta tillfällena när ambulanssjukvården håller uppsatta tidsmål så har det positiv effekt på övriga insatstider vilket i slutändan leder till ett minskat patientlidande. Dock visar även resultatet att tidsmålen inte efterlevs i den utsträckningen som de bör göra vilket leder till att patienterna inte får den vård de har rätt till. Med detta som utgångspunkt drar författarna slutsatsen att den svenska ambulanssjukvården inte har beredskap för de allvarliga händelserna.

  • 326. Almerud, Peter
    Arbetsplatsbibliotek: en marginalisead biblioteksverksamhet som sökt nya former2003Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 327. Almerud, S
    et al.
    Alapack, R.J.
    Fridlund, Bengt
    Växjö University.
    Ekebergh, Margaretha
    Växjö University.
    Beleuguered by technology: Care in technologically intense environments2008In: Nursing Philosophy, ISSN 1466-7681, E-ISSN 1466-769X, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 55-61Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Modern technology has enabled the use of new forms of information in the care of critically ill patients. In intensive care units (ICUs), technology can simultaneously reduce the lived experience of illness and magnify the objective dimensions of patient care. The aim of this study, based upon two empirical studies, is to find from a philosophical point of view a more comprehensive understanding for the dominance of technology within intensive care. Along with caring for critically ill patients, technology is part of the ICU staff's everyday life. Both technology and caring relationships are of indispensable value. Tools are useful, but technology can never replace the closeness and empathy of the human touch. It is a question of harmonizing the demands of subjectivity with objective signs. The challenge for caregivers in ICU is to know when to heighten the importance of the objective and measurable dimensions provided by technology and when to magnify the patients’ lived experiences, and to live and deal with the ambiguity of the technical dimension of care and the human side of nursing.

  • 328. Almerud, S
    et al.
    Alapack, R.J.
    Fridlund, Bengt
    Växjö University.
    Ekebergh, Margaretha
    University of Borås, School of Health Science.
    Caught in an Artificial Split: A Phenomenological Study of Being a Caregiver in the Technologically Intense Environment2007In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 130-136Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A symbiotic relationship exists between technology and caring, however, technologically advanced environments challenge caregivers. The aim of this study is to uncover the meaning of being a caregiver in the technologically intense environment. Ten open-ended interviews with intensive care personnel comprise the data. A phenomenological analysis shows that ambiguity abounds in the setting. The act of responsibly reading and regulating instruments easily melds the patient and the machinery into one clinical picture. The fusion skews the balance between objective distance and interpersonal closeness. The exciting captivating lure of technological gadgets seduces the caregivers and lulls them into a fictive sense of security and safety. It is mind-boggling and heart-rending to juggle ‘moments’ of slavish mastery and security menaced by insecurity in the act of monitoring a machine while caring for a patient. Whenever the beleaguered caregiver splits technique from human touch, ambiguity decays into ambivalence. Caring and technology become polarized. Everyone loses. Caregiver competence wanes; patients suffer. The intensive care unit should be technologically sophisticated, but also build-in a disclosive space where solace, trust, and reassurance naturally happen. Caring professionals need to balance state-of-the-art technology with integrated and comprehensive care and harmonize the demands of subjectivity with objective signs.

  • 329. Almerud, S
    et al.
    Alapack, R.J.
    Fridlund, Bengt
    Växjö University.
    Ekebergh, Margaretha
    Växjö University.
    Of vigilance and invisibility: being a patient in technologically intense environments2007In: Nursing in Critical Care, ISSN 1362-1017, E-ISSN 1478-5153, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 151-158Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Equipment and procedures developed during the past several decades have made the modern intensive care unit (ICU) the hospital’s most technologically advanced environment. In terms of patient care, are these advances unmitigated gains? This study aimed to develop a knowledge base of what it means to be critically ill or injured and cared for in technologically intense environments. A lifeworld perspective guided the investigation. Nine unstructured interviews with intensive care patients comprise its data. The qualitative picture uncovered by a phenomenological analysis shows that contradiction and ambivalence characterized the entire care episode. The threat of death overshadows everything and perforates the patient’s existence. Four inter-related constituents further elucidated the patients’ experiences: the confrontation with death, the encounter with forced dependency, an incomprehensible environment and the ambiguity of being an object of clinical vigilance but invisible at the personal level. Neglect of these issues lead to alienating ‘moments’ that compromised care. Fixed at the end of a one-eyed clinical gaze, patients described feeling marginalized, subjected to rituals of power, a stranger cared for by a stranger. The roar of technology silences the shifting needs of ill people, muffles the whispers of death and compromises the competence of the caregivers. This study challenges today’s caregiving system to develop double vision that would balance clinical competence with a holistic, integrated and comprehensive approach to care. Under such vision, subjectivity and objectivity would be equally honoured, and the broken bonds re-forged between techne, ‘the act of nursing’, and poesis, ‘the art of nursing’.

  • 330.
    Almqvist, Anna Karin
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Medicinska bibliotekariers yrkesidentitet: - en kvalitativ studie om hur medicinska bibliotekarier förhåller sig till sin yrkesidentitet2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this bachelor thesis is to examine how medical librarians relate to their occupational identity and mediation of information. New technology and new ways of communicating information have influenced the profession of medical librarians and their duties, why it is important to examine their occupational identity. The research questions are: How do medical librarians perceive and relate to their occupational identity and as information intermediaries? How do medical librarians relate to their duties? The method used in this study is semi-structured interviews and the empirical information was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The theory used for analyzing the results is Anders Øroms theory about six different identites which occurred in line with the development of society. The conclusion is that medical librarians have different and complex perceptions of their occupational identities but quite similar perceptions regarding their duties. One of Anders Øroms identities regarding mediation of information is the identity that suits medical librarians best. After further analysis using Øroms theory the need to add two identities emerged, one identity regarding information service and one about communication. By adding those two identities it is easier to understand the connection to the occupational identity of medical librarians.

  • 331.
    Almqvist, Erica
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Förskollärares perspektiv på barns inflytande: inte bara att välja färg på en mugg.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    För att kunna ge barn inflytande över verksamheten är det betydande att förskollärare har en klar bild över vad begreppet inflytande innebär. Därför har jag valt att göra en undersökning där syftet är att synliggöra förskollärarens perspektiv på inflytande, hur barn ges möjlighet till inflytande i verksamheten och på så sätt bidra med kunskap inom området. För att uppnå syftet använder jag mig av frågeställningarna: vad innebär inflytande för förskolläraren samt vilka möjligheter ger förskollärare barn till inflytande i planering av verksamheten. Förskolan och förskollärarna är till för barnen på förskolan, därför kan det verka självklart att deras tankar och idéer ska ligga till grund för förskolans utformning men studien visar på att vägen dit kan vara svår.Tidigare forskning som presenteras i studien belyser styrdokument och riktlinjer, innebörden av begreppet inflytande, hur inflytande tas och ges av vuxna samt hinder och villkor för barns inflytande.Eftersom det krävs samspel mellan förskollärare och barn för att skapa inflytande tillämpad den sociokulturella teorin. Relevant för studien är även Foucaults maktteori för att synliggöra maktens osynliga styrning vid barns möjlighet till inflytande.En kvalitativ metod har tillämpats och utförs i en fokusgrupp. Fokusgruppen har som syfte att genom en diskussion ta reda på förskollärarnas erfarenheter och åsikter kring deras perspektiv på inflytande samt arbetet kring barns inflytande. Ett målinriktat urval gjordes där fyra förskollärare tackade ja till att delta i studien men ett bortfall skedde så det blev totalt tre respondenter. Bearbetning av det insamlade materialet har skett genom kvalitativ analys och hänsyn till de forskningsetiska principerna har tagit hänsyn till genom hela studiens process.Resultatet visar på att som svar på frågan vad inflytande innebär för förskolläraren är slutsatsen som kan dras av studien att inflytande innebär demokrati och självständighet. Som svar på frågan vilka möjligheter förskollärare ger barn till inflytande i planering av verksamheten visar resultaten på att förskollärares förhållningssätt är avgörande, det innebär att förskollärare bör vara närvarande och delaktiga i barns lek samt vara uppmärksam på vad de ger uttryck för.Den viktigaste slutsatsen som kan dras av studien är att förskollärares förhållningssätt är en aspekt som ligger till grund för barns inflytande och hur förskollärarna arbetar med demokratiska principer. Arbetet kring barns självständighet samt hur förskollärarna förhåller sig till barnens kompetens och vilket ansvar som ges därefter är även en viktig slutsats som kan dras av studien.

  • 332. Almqvist, Roland
    et al.
    Brorström, Björn
    University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
    Jonsson, Leif
    Montin, Stig
    Ramberg, Ulf
    Framgångsrik förändring: ett nationellt kommunforskningsprogram om hantering av förändrade förutsättningar och besvärliga situationer2009Report (Other academic)
  • 333. Almqvist-Tangen, Gerd
    et al.
    Ehde Andersson, Maria
    Frylmark, Astrid
    Succé genom samverkan: erfaranheter och resultat från projektet Språk-kedjan2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under åren augusti 2007 till augusti 2010 har projektet Språk-kedjan – en obruten kedja för alla barns tal- och språkutveckling pågått i Halland. Tanken bakom begreppet Språk-kedjan var att det ska finnas både en obruten språk- och vårdkedja i Halland. Vi ville finna metoder och samarbetsformer bland aktörer som på olika sätt har ansvar för förskolebarn i Halland. Vi ville ge dessa barn bra förutsättningar för att de ska behålla lusten till att utforska språket för att längre fram kunna utveckla god läs- och skrivkunnighet. När vi nu är inne på slutfasen av projektet kan vi konstaterat att det blivit mycket lyckosamt. Vi, som projektledare, ser det erfarenhets- och kompetensutbytet som skett mellan de olika professionerna i referensgruppen och alla de metoder och material som det resulterat i, som en av de största framgångarna med projektet. Detta paper kommer att bestå av tre delar: 1. Beskrivning av projektet, erfarenheter och resultat 2. Kort sammanfattning av utvärderingen 3. Kort sammanfattning på engelska

  • 334.
    Almroth, Linnéa
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Caramba, vilken kvinna!: En studie av genusskildringar i barnlitteratur.2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Inledning I studien har populär skönlitteratur för barn analyserats ur ett genusperspektiv. I Läroplan för grundskolan, förskoleklassen och fritidshemmet 2011 (Skolverket 2011, s. 7) står det att en del av skolans uppdrag är att på ett medvetet och aktivt sätt främja kvinnors och mäns lika rätt och möjligheter. Elever skall i svenskundervisningen möta skönlitteratur från olika tider och olika delar av världen och i detta möte skall de ges förutsättningar att utveckla den egna identiteten och sin förståelse för omvärlden (Skolverket 2011, s. 222). I och med att den litteratur elever möter bidrar till identitetsutvecklingen samt att skolan skall arbeta för att främja kvinnors och mäns lika möjligheter och rätt vill jag med den här studien synliggöra hur genusframställningar ser ut i barnlitteratur.Syfte Syftet med undersökningen är att utifrån ett genusperspektiv analysera populär skönlitteratur för barn med fokus på stereotypa manliga och kvinnliga könsroller.Metod Undersökningen genomfördes med textanalys som metodval. Utgångspunkten för analysen var de ord och uttryck som upprätthåller eller frångår stereotypa genusskildringar hos karaktärer. Ett analysverktyg i form av ett motsatsschema användes för att strukturera upp analysen.Resultat I resultatet framgår det att de böcker som analyserats generellt sett oftare är normativa med stereotypa skildringar än de är normbrytande med könsöverskridande skildringar. Det är något oftare kvinnliga karaktärer som framställs både på stereotypt och normbrytande. Sammantaget visar resultatet en jämn fördelning av både normativa och normbrytande skildringar av manliga och kvinnliga karaktärer.

  • 335.
    Almstedt Jansson, Malin
    University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
    Information in social practice: Information-related activities engaged in by engineers2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study information-related activities engaged in by engineers during work task performance in the research and development centre at Sandvik Materials Technology AB are investigated. The purpose of the present study was to identify and achieve an understanding of the information-related activities performed by engineers during work task performance in a corporate context. The work task performance in focus is the task of writing a technical report.The study rests on methodological triangulation through the use of a work task diary, a semi-structured questionnaire and focus groups. In total 16 engineers participated in the study. The theoretical framework is based on theories of information in social practice, the information seeking process and the concept of task.The study presents results showing that engineers work in a highly complex information environment and their work task performance is to a high degree affected by situational attributes such as previous experience, type of work task, time, target group, and access to information. The results show that the information sources preferred by engineers have not changed over time; rather a change is seen in the type of sources. There is a distinct increase in the use of electronic sources; which in turn seem to affect the way engineers perceive accessibility. The study also shows that there are evident situational and contextual attributes affecting the information-related activities. Information needed to perform a work task is strongly related to data retrieved from experiments. There also seems to be an embedded tolerance for a low scientific level in technical reports, even though the scientific practice is the norm.This study also shows that the concept of work task forms a relevant basis for studies of information-related activities, particularly in combination with theories on information in social practice. The model of the work task process combined with a faceted classification of work tasks provides a sound methodological tool for the analysis of work tasks in different contexts.

  • 336.
    Al-Mulla, S Y Yousif
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Modification of The Atomic Scattering Factor in Electric Field2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quantum mechanical calculations of a modification of the X-ray scattering form factor of an atom/ion in an electric field using a three parameter wave function have been performed. These calculations are compared with the previous two parameter wave function calculations.

  • 337.
    Al-Mulla, S Y Yousif
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Shell Model Calculations for Alkali Halide Molecules2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 338.
    Al-Mulla, S Y Youssif
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Spin Dependent Exchange Scattering from Ferromagnetic Materials2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 339.
    Al-Mulla, Samir Yousif
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Low-energy electron scattering from copper2006In: European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, ISSN 1434-6060, E-ISSN 1434-6079, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 11-14Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 340.
    Al-Mulla, Samir Yousif
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Low-Energy electron scattering from Lithium and Potassium2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 341.
    Al-Mulla, S.Y.Yousif
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Jönsson, Lennart
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Elastic Scattering of electrons from Lithium and Potassium2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 342.
    Almén Burman, Anna
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Nurses’ experiences of education and compliance in treatment of patients with leprosy: A qualitative Minor Field Study in Kwara State, Nigeria2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) as a Minor Field Study.

    Background: The treatment of leprosy patients in endemic countries is free of charge. Despite that, leprosy is still a disease that is spreading and can lead to severe consequences such as disability. With leprosy comes also social stigma, discrimination and poverty which often affect the decision of seeking treatment at an early stage, or even treatment at all until the resulting disability forces the patient to seek help. With this study I wish to increase the knowledge of the importance of compliance and education in health care system with patients with leprosy, and to enlightening how nurses can promote this in their daily work.

    Problem rationale: Even though the importance of seeking early treatment is known, people tend not to seek treatment because of reasons such as stigma. As a nurse, one has responsibilities to care for the whole patient and to give the right information to handle the situation, but because of factors, such as stigma, it constitutes a challenge for nurses within the care of leprosy.

    Aim: To investigate nurses’ experiences of educating patients with leprosy, with emphasis on aspects of how to handle compliance problems in the treatment and how to support a patient with leprosy.

    Method: A qualitative study based on interviews held according to an interview guide with semi-structured questions.

    Result: The findings in this study emphasize the significance of education in order to gain and maintain compliance of treatment with the patients with leprosy even though nurses had many different ways of supporting by education. The findings were divided in to four main categories with in total eleven subcategories to present the techniques and methods of supporting the patients.

    Discussion: The importance of supporting the patients with leprosy in different ways by education has showed very clearly in the study. Though, at the same time nurses educate with medical knowledge, the patients are the experts in this case of the lived knowledge and this could be a problem to satisfy both aspects unless they complement each other. To do so, a dialog and a relationship of trust must be present between thepatient and the nurse, and this could be done through giving the patients time to express themselves and ask their questions of concern. When the questions and thoughts have been heard, the nurse can satisfy the patient’s need in a more accurate way and continue to support the patient with education and encouragement.

  • 343.
    Almén, Pontus
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Systematiserad produktutveckling: Trehjuling2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Shift Design & Strategy AB, here abbreviated to Shift, currently runs it’s own side project.They will develop a tricycle with marketing purposes for companies in the constructionindustry. Shift offers a student to find construction solutions to pursue the project closer totheir goal.In the thesis an analysis of what construction problems the project are facing is made.Selected methods and tools are then used to generate several solutions. After evaluation of theproposed solutions a comprehensive solution is developed and presented in the form of aCAD-model as well as in text. Finally, recommendations will be given to Shift on how tointerpret the results of the work, which has been done.

  • 344.
    Alnervik, Gunvor
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
    Bryggan: ett samverkansprojekt mellan folkbibliotek och föreningar i Västervik1997Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is a qualitative study of "Bryggan" ("The Bridge"), a three-year co-operation project between the public library and different associations in Vastervik. The aim of the project was to find new forms for co-operation, which could help both parts in their marketing. "Bryggan" is characterized as an action-related research project, where experiences from the work have been evaluated regularly and have been incorporated to the following process. A study of literature, dealing with adult education activities, developing activities, library extension and democracy, gives the theoretical basis both to the project and to the thesis. The case study describes the different kinds of co-operation during the three years, both with the associations and with other groups and institutions involved.

    A qualitative interview study was made with five library employees and five association members. After having participated in the "Bryggan" project and analysed the interviews, I assert that it is possible to change and develop the activities of the public library through a purposeful collaboration with different associations.

  • 345.
    Alnäs, Lillian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Lehmann, Camilla
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Kartläggning av praxis vid förskrivning av hjälpmedel vid urininkontinens: En jämförande studie mellan primärvård och hemsjukvård i Västra Götalandsregionen - Enkätstudie2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Urininkontinens påverkar människors livskvalitet negativt, människor lider i det tysta vilket medför att det är ett dolt folkhälsoproblem som kostar samhället många miljarder kronor årligen. Enligt Socialstyrelsen (SOSFS 2008:1, 9§) bör patienter med urininkontinens individuellt utredas, bedömas och följas upp för att möjliggöra en god vård. Rätt diagnos ska kunna påvisas genom individuell utredning där kartläggning av besvär möjliggör behandling. Förskrivare av hjälpmedel vid urininkontinens har till uppgift att påbörja utredning och vid behov kontakta läkare och uroterapeut samt utvärdera om de förskrivna artiklarna fungerar optimalt. Ansvar åligger verksamhetschefer att rätt kompetens finns på en arbetsplats och att fortbildning erbjuds men även att praxis vid förskrivning av hjälpmedel följs via de aktuella riktlinjer, handlingsplaner och vårdprogram som råder inom regionen. Inkontinensombud ska informera medarbetarna om gällande rutiner kring omvårdnad, behandling och bistå med kunskap.

    Syftet med studien är att kartlägga praxis vid förskrivning av urininkontinenshjälpmedel och om det skiljer sig åt i primärvård respektive hemsjukvård. Studien är en kvantitativ tvärsnittsstudie med induktiv ansats där pappersenkät användes som datainsamlingsmetod. Resultatet visar att praxis avviker från de instruktioner som Socialstyrelsen och NIKOLA (Nätverk Inkontinens Kommuner Landsting) ger. Det finns kunskapsluckor om individuell utprovning i både primärvård och hemsjukvård, dock till viss fördel för primärvården. Slutsatsen är att riktlinjerna som Socialstyrelsen föreslagit inte följs och de blanketter som finns används inte i tillräckligt hög grad. Inkontinensombud saknas och det råder en osäkerhet om vad ett ombud är. Det finns stora vinster med att organisationerna ser över gängse rutiner beträffande riktlinjer kring urininkontinens utifrån hållbar utveckling. Författarna anser att ett förbättringsarbete inom primärvård (PV) och hemsjukvård (HSV) bör påbörjas eftersom problemen kommer att tillta när befolkningen ökar och samtidigt blir äldre.

  • 346.
    Alonzo, Ylva
    et al.
    University of Borås, Central Administration.
    Holmqvist, Hans
    University of Borås, Central Administration.
    Högskolan i Borås regionala betydelse: ur ett näringslivsperspektiv2003Report (Other academic)
  • 347.
    Alopaeus, Eva
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
    Uppfattningar om kvalitet på medicinska bibliotek1997Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the background, aim and results of a small empirical study conducted in the setting of a medical hospital library. The background is found both in the quality ambitions of the medical professions and organizations and in the effort of medical libraries to show their importance to the total quality of medical decision making. As a first step in the library's quality process, the aim has been to identify quality performance indicators of value to library users in their contact with a medical hospital library. The second step- to identify satisfaction levels - is not included in this work. Another aim has been to compare the quality categories in this small study with the generally accepted quality categories that emerged in the comprehensive studies of Parasuraman, Zeithaml and Berry in which customers express their expectations and perceptions of services.

    This study is based on a small number of interviews with representatives from different user groups within a hospital. The analysis is inspired by phenomenography which build on perceptions of phenomena - in this case the phenomenon "quality". In the material from the interviews five quality categories were identified. Compared to generally accepted quality categories from the service sector none of these five categories were unique.

    Important conclusions were that despite the homogeneity of the user group, expectations and needs are different and vary from time to time. Consequently flexibility and individual treatment of library users are crucial if the library is to meet user expectations. But the material also shows that despite access to modern technology users have very traditional perceptions of the library seeing the library as a room. If libraries were to let only user expectations initiate changes, it would lead to stagnation. It is not realistic to rely only on the knowledge or interest of the users.

  • 348. Alopaeus, Eva
    et al.
    Axelsson, Elisabeth
    Evidence Based Librarianship: en metod för att utveckla praktiskt biblioteksarbete med hjälp av forskningsresultat2002Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 349. Alopaeus, Eva
    et al.
    Wockatz, Kerstin
    Samma vision, samma mål: olika vägar. Barn/ungdomsbibliotek och medicinskt bibliotek på Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset möter framtiden2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 350.
    Aloui, Sarah
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Afshar, Tina Toba
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Sjuksköterskans upplevelser av att vårda patienter med psykisk ohälsa inom somatisk vård2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med arbetet är att belysa sjuksköterskans upplevelser av att vårda patienter med psykisk ohälsa i somatisk vård. För att kunna fördjupa och sammanställa tidigare forskningar om ämnet är det en fördel att göra en litteraturstudie. I arbetet ingår 14 artiklar, kvalitativa och kvantitativa. Resultatet visar att sjuksköterskor som arbetar i somatisk vård negativa upplevelser av att vårda patienter med psykisk ohälsa. Sjuksköterskorna kände en ständig känsla av obehag och rädsla som grundas på otillräcklig kunskap. På grund av bristfällig sjukhusledning känner sjuksköterskorna att de inte får stöd när de önskar få mer kunskap om ohälsan. Sjuksköterskor med mer yrkeserfarenhet eller vid samarbete med specialistpsykiatrin har en mer positiv inställning. Sjuksköterskor som arbetar i somatisk vård har oftast andra medicinska prioriteringar vilket får dem att känna ångest över att inte kunna ge god vård. Patienternas psykiska ohälsa blir då bortprioriterad och obehandlad vilket skapar ett lidande. Alla patienter skall vårdas utefter deras individuella behov, men kunskapsbristen upplevs vara ett stort hinder.

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