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 How to live democracy in the classroom
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2010 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 1, no 4, 367-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study presented in this article is to explore the teaching of pupils in relation to their behaviour and attitudes in everyday work in the classroom. It is the educational objectives associated with democracy linked to the teacher’s teaching and fostering actions that are of main interest. The results are based on an analysis of data from 120 hours of classroom observations and contextualised interviews with a primary teacher during a period of one and a half years. Using data from audio recordings and notes taken from observations, I have analysed the pupils’ behaviour and attitudes in relation to educational objectives and the teacher’s teaching and fostering actions. A democracy stance and democracy signs are important concepts used in the study. My conclusion is that the way democracy is thought and lived in this classroom seems to hold great potential for promoting knowledge in and about democracy.

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Umeå: Umeå School of Education, Umeå University, Sweden , 2010. Vol. 1, no 4, 367-380 p.
Keyword [en]
teaching, fostering, democracy stance, classroom
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41515OAI: diva2:406672
Available from: 2011-03-28 Created: 2011-03-28 Last updated: 2011-05-31Bibliographically approved

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