The focus of the research project is on how the teachers' identity is formed by the communities of practice they are a part of as professionals and how they actively negotiate it. The main theoretical perspective is situated learning (se Lave & Wenger 1991) and data is collected through interviews and observations of the teachers' work
Even if all formal language education (including initial literacy teaching) is under the umbrella of the SFI, there are many different accommodators and the teachers have a mixed background in terms of education and professional experiences. Thus, there is a mix of teachers working in different types of school and also, the sample includes Swedish for immigrant teachers and mother tongue teachers. Both groups are to teach Swedish, but the latter with the students' mother tongue as a tool.