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Ethical concepts according to 12-year-olds: students' responses, national tests, and ethics education
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4483-0597
2018 (English)In: Challenging life: existential questions as a resurce for education / [ed] Jari Ristiniemi, Geir Skeie, Karin Sporre, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018, p. 279-296Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How do twelve-year-old students understand crucial ethical concepts like justice, equality, solidarity and empathy, and how does school assist them in developing their knowledge? Moreover, to what extent do the Swedish national tests and interpretations of the curricular framework influence the students' ethics education today? Questions like these are raised and discussed in this chapter where a sample of a hundred Swedish students' responses to the National Test in ethics from 2013 are analysed. The study reveals how the emphasis of the assessment of the students' responses does not contribute towards the expansion of their knowledge of crucial ethical concepts like equal rights, equal treatment and equal value of human beings – while the students themselves express knowledge and interest in this through their responses to the test. The limitations of national tests and their assessment instructions are therefore critically discussed.

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Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018. p. 279-296
Series
Religious Diversity and Education in Europe, ISSN 1862-9547 ; 37
Keywords [en]
ethical concepts, assessment, national tests, students' responses, ethics education
Keywords [sv]
etiska begrepp, utvärdering, nationella prov, elevsvar, etikundervisning
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Ethics Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work; Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153532ISBN: 978-3-8309-3886-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-8309-8886-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-153532DiVA, id: diva2:1265050
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-2030Available from: 2018-11-22 Created: 2018-11-22 Last updated: 2019-04-18Bibliographically approved

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