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Deliberativ demokrati i den norska skolan

Author(s): Martin Samuelsson

Journal: Utbildning & Demokrati : Tidsskrift för Didaktik och Utbildningspolitik
ISSN 1102-6472

Volume: 22;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: democratic education | deliberative democracy | classroom discussions | qualitative interviews

One of the tasks of the Norwegian school system has been to educatestudents for future democratic participation. In this article, Norwegian democratic education is discussed from the perspective of deliberative democracy. Teachers’ perceptions of democracy and democratic education are investigated through qualitative interviews, to see if traces of deliberative thoughts, aspects and practices can be identified. The main conclusions are: First, the teachers express a liberal view on democracy and democratic education through an emphasis on formal and representative aspects of democracy, acceptance of disagreement, and the majority principle as democratic legitimacy. Second, described classroom discussions seem to lack important aspects relative to deliberative communication and seem to focus on developing students’ social and emotional competence, rather than their democratic competence.
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