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Caring ability’s within peer groups in Swedish compulsory schools
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In compulsory schools in Sweden there is an ongoing debate on the basic values in the Swedish curriculum, often in reference to violations of current standards in forms of bullying, harassment, discrimination and offensive treatment (Nyström 2011: 11). It would also be interesting to notice the stories and expressions of care and friendship in peer to peer relations. Increased knowledge regarding caring within peer groups, can generate new strategies for the education of basic values stated in the Swedish curriculum.

According to the Swedish education act (2010: 800), teachers are assigned to convey not only knowledge but also values. The curriculum stresses the ability to “act responsibly towards themselves and others” (Lgr11). The care perspective is further highlighted in phrasing the aim "can empathise with and understand the situation other people are in and also develops the will to act with their best interests at heart" (Lgr11). The ability to empathize with others is regarded as fundamental from a care ethical perspective as it is the basis for later action (Noddings, 1984: 16).

I will display my preliminary results from an interview study whit pupils from Swedish compulsory school focusing on experience of caring in peer to peer relations. From this results I will reason about the possibility of using care ethics as an analytic tool in the work with the basic values in the Swedish curriculum and further the need for a discussion about moral education, highlighting the importance of masculine and feminine coded ethical perspectives in school.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
caring, compulsory school, gender, ethics
National Category
Ethics Religious Studies Gender Studies
Research subject
Ethics; gender studies; sociology of religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-160962OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-160962DiVA, id: diva2:1331023
Conference
Nordic Conference of Religious Education 2019, Trondheim, Norway, June 11-14, 2019
Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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