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Conceptual Understandings of Democracy and Values as Aspects of Teacher Quality: The Case of Teacher Education in Sweden
Karlstads universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5796-8029
2015 (English)In: International Perspectives on Education and Society, ISSN 1479-3679, Vol. 27, p. 385-412Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on a conceptual understanding of democracy and values education in teacher education, taking the perspective that educa- tion, of necessity, must encompass broader purposes of qualification, socialization and subjectification and that the relationship between them is characterized by interdependence. This chapter analyzes two aspects of teacher quality: first, the importance of values and the understanding of and approaches to values and democracy; second, variations in con- ceptual understandings within a particular educational field (teacher edu- cation). The study maps what teacher educators and institutional leaders for teacher education programs have to say about democracy and values education in relation to teacher preparation given the context of demo- cratic education reforms in the postwar period. This chapter addresses issues such as the readiness among teachers to teach democracy and values as an overarching and qualitative aspect of the teaching profes- sion. This study finds that, on the one hand, there is strong curricular support for democracy and related values education in schools and, on the other hand, a mixed landscape in teacher education. The situation within teacher education suggests an embracement of these issues but with a high degree of conceptual ambiguity and vagueness.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 27, p. 385-412
Keywords [en]
democracy, values, higher education, teacher education, Sweden
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Educational Sciences
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History; Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138012DOI: 10.1108/S1479-367920140000027009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138012DiVA, id: diva2:1129298
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2017-08-02 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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